THE decision to introduce a new tournament into the Bowls calendar of the British Games Club was fully vindicated by the close and exciting competition it produced.
The Captain’s Handicap saw three bowlers competing off scratch, with other participants given up to eight shots. There were few complaints over the allocated handicaps, which were set by competition secretary Brian Cundall.
Scratch bowler Ken Sheldon ultimately lifted the trophy but not before he found himself scraping through his quarter-final and semi-final matches by the narrowest of margins with single-shot victories on the last of the 14 ends on each occasion.
First-time finalist Ron Vanilla, with a handicap of plus-four, also had to dig deep to battle his way through the early rounds.