VETERAN British Games Club member Richard Anderson rolled back the years to lift the Captain’s Handicap trophy with a masterful display of bowling in the final, defeating Chris Baker in a re-run of last season’s Men’s Championship final.
This time it was a case of sweet revenge for Richard, who will also be celebrating his 80th birthday in a few weeks time.
Richard lost heavily to Chris in last year’s delayed Men’s Championship final – delayed because of a flu epidemic that swept through the ranks of the bowls section, briefly threatening to force the abandonment of the competitions programme.
Richard was a prodigious trophy winner back in the Noughties, winning the Men’s Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Club Championship also in 2007, together with sundry successes in the old Monday Cup, the Mixed Pairs, Ron Musgrave Trophy and the Triples Plate competitions.
But his only success in this decade, until now, had been in partnering Jim Goodman to lift the 2012 Pairs Plate.
Richard built up a healthy lead right from the start of the 14-ends final, peppering the jack and barely giving Chris a look in. Chris fought back but every time he looked like reducing the deficit Richard found an answer.
The final score of 15-6 was a complete reversal of last year’s Men’s final, which Chris won 17-4.