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There were 23 teams to see in the return of the Fab Fours, divided into 4 groups with the winners and runners-up qualifying from each.

Group 1
There was a fair mix of results which saw Motley Crew winning 3 and losing one game, to top the group, while 3 teams ended up in 4 points, best of those was Rayne, thanks to 2 massive wins which left them comfortably in second place on shots.

Group 2
Three teams finished on 6 points, with Oh My Quad topping the group with 39 shots, 9 ahead of 3 Generations, while Pick n Mix fell 3 shots short of qualification

Group 3
Shy Tappens
won all their games (three by the same score of 9-2), and were comfortably through, while Growing Old Disgracefully (G.O.D) lost just the one game to finish second.

Group 4
Reigning champions, The Repair Men were untouchable in their group, winning all four games, while Broadlanders’ 3 wins were good enough for the runner-up spot.

Knockout Rounds
Quarter Finals
took a grip on their game against Oh My Quad, with 4 on the third end, and were able to drop 3 on the last end and still take a comfortable 9-6 win.

The Repair Men had run out to a 6-0 lead after 3 ends over 3 Generations, and were never in danger, winning the game 9-4.

Having fallen behind 4-0 after 3 ends, Motley Crew squared the game, and then went into a 6-4 lead over G.O.D, but that momentum soon stalled, G.O.D got one back, and then on the last end took 2 to snatch a 7-6 win.

After a slow start against Shy Tappens, Rayne took a 4 to lead 5-3 after 4 ends, but the Shy team were square on the next end, 7-6 up after 6, and held on to win 7-6.

The Repair Men
led Shy Tappens from the start, and with 2 ends to go were 6-3 up. Shy Tappens were chipping away at the end, but ran out of ends, and The Repair Men made it to the final once again, with a 6-5 win.

Broadlanders were off to a flyer with 3 on the first end against G.O.D, but it was all square on the next, and 3 ends in G.O.D took the lead. But Broadlanders hauled them back in and after 7 ends it was all square. An extra end would be required, and it went to G.O.D, the game finishing 7-6 in their favour.

G.O.D were first out of the block, in fact they won the first 3 ends to take a 4-0 lead on a tricky carpet. And they never looked back, The Repair Men had the gap back to just 3, but the 6th end pretty much finished them offas G.O.D took 3, and then another one on the last to ease their way to an 8-2 victory.

We would like to thank everyone who entered, and who were generous enough to provide us with so many draw prizes. We were particularly pleased that Marion Brown could be there to present the prizes, and we hope everyone had a very enjoyable day's bowling.

You can find the full day's results here.

Growing Old Disgracefully

The Repair Men

After a very long wait, the Random Triples event which was due to have been run two years ago was finally played.

Understandably though, there was a much reduced field of entries, with people dropping out right up to the morning of the event, due to Covid. However, we still had 54 players, including some who had travelled from Essex and Norfolk, for whom this would be their first tournament in quite some time.

Round 1
Leading the way after the first game were the trio of Les Webber, Sam Runnacles, and Sheila Fellingham, who scored 10 shots in their game. Six others, Pauline Godfrey, Gilbert Lakey, Don Allum, Eric Sainsbury, Pete Runnacles, and Maxine Poulter, were one shot behind.

Round 2
Twelve players won for a second time, with Pete Runnacles now leading the way on 22 shots, one ahead of Don Allum and Mick Watkins, while Adam Hubbard, Trevor Kidd and Tom Runnacles were a further 3 shots back.

Round 3
Eight players made it 3 wins out of 3, with Tom Runnacles now on top with 34 shots. On 30 shots were Pete Runnacles, Adam Hubbard and Mick Watkins. Ken Southwood had 35 shots, Linda Sadgrove was on 23, Trevor Bean 21, and Carol Sainsbury 18.

Round 4
Just 5 players now left with perfect records. Pete Runnacles was now back at the top, with 43 points, Ken Southwood was on 38, Mick Watkins 37, Linda Sadgrove 30, and Carol Sainsbury 26. Meanwhile, still with an outside chance were Tom Runnacles and Trevor Bean, who had won 3 and drawn 1 game.

Round 5
As it happens, the draw for the final round of games paired the top two runners, Pete and Ken, and between them they duly made it 5 out of 5, as did Linda and Carol, the four of them the only ones not to drop a point on the day, with the final standings as follows:

1st Pete Runnacles (10 points, 48 shots for, 21 shots against)
2nd Ken Southwood (10/43/22)
3rd Linda Sadgrove (10/35/17)
4th Carol Sainsbury (10/35/20)

We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend for their support, and for their donations to the draw, and look forward to mext year and a return to a full field.

You can find the full day's results here.