Lillian takes bowling crown

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THE Harriet Aubin Trophy was contested at Ribblesdale Wanderers Bowling Club recently, and won by Lillian Tomlinson, who beat Sarah Edmondson 21-8 in the final.

Meanwhile, the the sun shone as the veterans’ section of Sabden Bowling Club held their annual competition for the Molly Swift Trophy.

From left, Lillian, John Aubin and Sarah

From left, Lillian, John Aubin and Sarah

Members played a doubles round robin, and changed partners after each game.

The overall winner was Val Warburton, with John Boocock runner-up and Jean Isherwood third.

Last weekend, Sabden then hosted the annual Anita and Alan Whalley doubles in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

A total of 32 pairs took part, with county bowlers Paul Brett and Paul Sutcliffe from Blackburn proving too strong for the other competitors.

First and second rounds were played in lovely sunny conditions on Saturday, with the last eight returning to play the final stages on Sunday.

The final rounds were played in showery conditions, but this did not affect the eventual winners, who played consistently well and thoroughly deserved their victory.

In the quarter-finals, the two Pauls overcame Brian Ashworth and Sabden’s Bob Wright, before outplaying Rishton’s Michael Burns and Michael Yerkess in the semi-final.

The final, with opponents Stuart Gall and Michael Beardmore, started evenly before the latter opened up a 12-7 lead.

However the game was turned on its head in two decisive ends when the Blackburn pair scored a four and a three to lead 14-12.

From then on they took control and ran out worthy winners at 21-15.

Thanks to all sponsors and members were given by Anita Whalley before the trophy and prizes were presented to the winners (pictured left).