29 July 2017
Salisbury Open Singles Tournament
The Salisbury Open Singles Tournament was played on Saturday 29th July, and despite the poor weather the day was amazing. I was very impressed with the turnout, not just of fantastic bowlers, but also the club members that helped with everything from marking to the catering and bar staff.
In the singles tournament we saw some fantastic bowling from everyone, and some very tight battles. After a tough fight in the group stage, the eight players to qualify for the quarter finals were:
Tom Warner (Amesbury)
Fraser Boynton (Salisbury)
Tom Newman (Avon)
Wayne Simmonds (Holt)
Joe Wahnon (Weymouth)
Ashley Plumb (Amesbury)
Jamie Reynolds (Salisbury)
Craig Hatherall (Weslecot)
After intense games in the rain the four remaining semi-finalists were Wayne, both the Toms, and Jamie. By this point the end was in sight and the games reflected that, with two close fought matches ending with the two Toms in the final.
Tom Newman, who had been unbeaten throughout the event, continued his form and won against Tom Warner in a very tight and fantastically played final.
The outcome is that the first name on the Salisbury Open Cup since 1993 will be Tom Newman (Avon).
I wish to thank everyone who assisted with the preparations and helped on the day, Salisbury Bowling Club for hosting the event, and the competitors who made the day a success. There were so many of you that supported this event and without you this would not have been possible.
To mention a few; Ron Hillier ran the bar for the day, Frank Botting, Valerie Botting and Jacqui Bull ran the kitchen and kept everyone full, and Anne Selby baked some fantastic cakes as well as playing in the event. I want to thank Neil Gillespie for umpiring for the day and to all my markers; Dave Bale, Stuart Mason, George Robins, Geoffrey Bull, Harold Wilmot, Brian Pike, and Colin Hardiman. Thanks also to everyone who donated raffle prizes which led to a successful raffle draw.
Lastly, I want to thank the club for allowing me to run this competition; I think this showed how successful this event can be. I hope to be able to run this again next year, and for many years to come.
Winner Tom Newman (Avon) being presented with
Open Singles Cup by Club President John Hurle