Busy summer of bowling at Ribblesdale

Pictured from left, Alan Dewhurst, Peter Pedder, Andy and Billy Thornton
Pictured from left, Alan Dewhurst, Peter Pedder, Andy and Billy Thornton

The annual in-house Harriet Aubin doubles knockout competition took place at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket and Bowling Club on Sunday.

It was played in a round robin format, with two groups all playing up to 15.

From left, Chris Snape, George Rushton, Frank Atkinson, John Burke and John Aubin

From left, Chris Snape, George Rushton, Frank Atkinson, John Burke and John Aubin

Winners of group A, Frank Atkinson and George Rushton, went on to win the competition, beating group B winners John Burke and Chris Snape.

John Aubin, son of the late Harriet Aubin, presented the trophy to the winners.

Earlier, Ribblesdale hosted the Honda Civic Open doubles knockout.

A total of 32 pairs entered, playing on a lovely sunny morning on a perfect bowling green.

The competition attracted players from the Isle of Man, Barrow in Furness, Bolton and many other towns, with Greenacre Honda again kindly sponsoring the event.

In a very wet final, father and son Andy and Billy Thornton from Barrow in Furness played very well, using the full length of the green, beating Ribblesdale homesters Alan Dewhurst and Peter Pedder 21-5.

The Ribblesdale Handicap Cup at the club – first played for in 1914 – was won by Mark Graham, who beat Alan Threlfall 21-9 in the final.

It was the third in-house competition Graham has won this year. He also won the annual Norman Niven Handicap Trophy. In the final, Graham was on scratch against +4 Frank Atkinson, so needed to win the jack, and did, moving into a 7-4 lead.

Atkinson pulled it back to 12 across, before Graham picked up four--unanswered points to make it 16-12.

Atkinson only managed three more points as Graham sealed the game with two at the last end.