The game in the Palmerston Cup this week featured Milton Park versus Bridgemary and Meon Valley B versus Banister Park Gold.

In the game between Milton Park and Bridgemary, Peter Cooper (Bridgemary skip) started well with his two other team members for this was their first game on an indoor surface, but they were quickly over run by Dave Brown (Milton skip) who went on to win 28 - 8.

On the second rink the game between Dave Biggs (Milton Park skip) and Rose Beynon (Bridgemary skip) proved a well balanced game with the Bridgemary rink always in front but Milton chasing to stay in touch. Bridgemary went on to win 19 - 13.

On the third rink the game between Mick Brown (Milton skip) and Lesley Howell (Bridgemary skip) started an even affair with the score 10 - 6 to Milton. But on the eighth end Mick Brown became unwell and had to withdraw, his place being taken by Milton’s number two Tony Hurst. The eighth end being only part way through was played again. It was Milton who then pushed on to win 24 - 14. The Final result was Milton Park 65 shots (10 points) - Bridgemary 41 shots (2 points). (I am pleased that Mick Brown felt a little better when he went home.)

In the game between Meon Valley B and Banister Park Gold. On the first rink with Sally Hurst (Meon Valley skip) and Austin Coleman (Banister Park skip). It was a strong Banister Rink that started well being up 22 - 0 after six ends and despite a continuous effort from Meon Valley it was Banister who went on to win 38 - 8.

On the second rink the game between Phil Walker (Meon Valley skip) and Mark Barnes (Banister skip) was a close game with the score at six all on the seventh end, only for Banister to drop five shots on the next end, and despite Banister coming back to within two shots it was Meon Valley who went on to win 20 - 16 at the end.

On the third rink the game between Ken Balchin (Meon Valley skip) and Pete Lebbern (Banister skip) again was a close game with the score hovering two or three shots difference, but although Meon Valley won the last two ends it was Banister who ran out winners 20 - 17. The Final result was Meon Valley B 45 shots (2 points) - Banister Park Gold 74 shots (10 points).

Brian Knight
Competition Secretary

Palmerston Cup at 10 December 2017

League A Played Matches Rinks Shots Points
W D L W D L For Agn Diff
Lee on the Solent330080123810313534
Milton Park330080122710312434
Banister Park Gold32015041771611622
Lockswood B3102108131194-638
Meon Valley B3003306118222-1046
Fareham Cheetahs3003108102203-1012

League B Played Matches Rinks Shots Points
W D L W D L For Agn Diff
Fareham Tigers33007021791087132
Eastleigh Rail32016031851246124
Banister Park Blue110020166412510
Meon Valley A2101204102100210
Fareham Panthers3003306124199-756
Lockswood A200220477143-664

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About the Palmerston Cup

This competition, now in its seventh year, is run during the winter season at Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club, Fareham. This is an Open competition for outdoor bowling clubs to compete against each other on the indoor carpet and is a means of keeping in touch with members when their club is closed.

The competition, which is sponsored by 2020 Vision Opticians, is played on Sunday evenings at Palmerston Indoor Bowls club, with games starting at 6.30pm. Each team requires a minimum of nine players as each match consists of three rinks of triples. Most teams have a squad of more than nine players who are used on a rotational basis, and being an Open competition, the teams can be all of the same gender or mixed. In the initial stages it is envisaged that teams will compete in mini leagues, playing the other teams in that league just once. This means there will be weeks when your team would have stand downs when the other leagues are playing, so you do not have to turn out every Sunday. The scoring system is two points for each winning rink and a further six points for the team with the overall winning score (twelve points are available for each game). The top teams in each league progress through to the semi finals and finals which are conducted on a knockout basis.

Prize money will mean the winning team receiving £250 down to £100 for the fourth placed team. The losing quarter-finalists get their entrance fee refunded.

Brian Knight
Competition Secretary

The full OFFICIAL RULES may be downloaded here.

The results and schedule are updated automatically after the competition operator enters the scores.