Bowls: What a Pitty! Jeff wins huge trophy but can’t get it home

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Peterborough man Jeff Pitt has just won a big open tournament in Spain.

The 57 year-old financial advisor claimed the men’s singles title at the Miraflores Open - an event that attracts over 300 competitors from all over Europe.

Held at the Miraflores Bowls Club in Mijas Costa on the Costa del Sol, the event carried a first prize of 100 euros and a huge trophy.

But Jeff won’t be having the trophy on display at his Werrington home.

He explained: “It’s a smashing trophy but unfortunately I had to leave it behind because I didn’t have enough baggage allowance on the flight home. I only had a 20kg allowance and my bowls weigh 12kg.

“I entered it last year while I was living in Spain and lost in the final. So to go back and win it was brilliant. It’s the highlight of my career - the pinnacle before that was being picked for the county.”

Jeff, a member at the Peterborough & District Club in Burton Street, beat Scotland’s Gordon Kain 21-16 in the final after roaring into an 11-0 lead.

NORTHANTS WOMEN

The Northants Women’s Bowling Federation ended their annual general meeting without several key administrative positions being filled.

There were no nominations received for president, deputy president or chairman, and so these positions will remain vacant until a meeting early in the New Year by which time it is hoped that clubs will have come forward with possible candidates.

The chairman’s vacancy has occurred following the resignation of Daphne Kew, while the position of treasurer, vacated by Carol Warters after just one year in the role, has been filled again by Rita Mace.

There’s a change among the captains, with Mary Malton elected ahead of last year’s captain Carol Hunter to lead the Donald Steward Trophy team, while Ann Cooper stays in charge of the Silver Jubilee Vase team.

YETTON TROPHY

The Peterborough women’s team have narrowly missed out on a place in the last 32 of the Yetton Trophy, the national inter-club championship.

Their hopes were dashed at the hands of county rivals Cambridge Chesterton who went through by just three shots, 72-69.

Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire’s men made a winning start to their inter-county campaign with a 125-97 victory over Norfolk.

Cambs, beaten finalists in the Liberty Trophy last year, now face a second round tie against Essex on Saturday, January 10.

That avenged a 97-126 defeat for the county women’s team at the hands of Norfolk in the opening round of the Atherley Trophy, Cambs having been beaten finalists in the inter-county championship two years ago.

CAMBS LEAGUE

There was mixed fortune last week for the Peterborough men’s senior team with a Cambs League KO Cup victory over March A, but a second league defeat of the season at the hands of Huntingdon A.

Peterborough were 78-65 winners over March A in the opening round of the League Cup, winning on two of the four rinks, but while sharing rink honours at Huntingdon they found themselves on the wrong end of a 56-82 scoreline.

RESULTS

LEAGUE CUP

Peterborough 78, March A 65 (Peterborough rinks only):

Home

Dave Smith, Terry English, Ivor Jackson, Joe Martin won 25-7.

Terry Corney, Don Paul, Jeff Clipston, John Hadley lost 14-30.

Away

Norman Gray, Pete Harvey, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe won 22-10.

Les Sharp, Richard Harrison, Don Sutton, Mick Linnell lost 17-18.

LEAGUE

Peterborough 56 (4), Huntingdon A 82 (6) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Norman Gray, Don Paul, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe won 21-10.

Les Sharp, Richard Harrison, Don Sutton, Mick Linnell won 19-18.

Dave Smith, Terry English, Pete Harvey, Joe Martin lost 10-22.

Albert Pattemore, Jeff Clipston, Ivor Jackson, John Hadley lost 6-32.