Lawn bowls fans were treated to a real thriller when Brentwood’s Adam Smith and Alan Davey from Haynes Park were matched in the semi-final singles of the Roger Burton Trophy competition organised by Brentwood and District Bowling Association.
The clash at King George’s Playing Fields on Friday 31st July was one of those games where the scorecard did not reflect the standard of play and despite his best efforts, Smith was 11-2 down after 11 ends when his fortunes changed.
By end 19, the pair were level on 13 and over the last six ends, Smith added another nine points to his score compared to just two for Davey who seemed to be struggling on long jacks.
Smith looked like he had the game in the bag on the 24th end when he rolled three of his hallmark blue woods into the count and it looked like game over until Davey tapped his reserves and retaliated with a superb weighty shot to cut the tally to two.
On the next end, Smith kept his cool and picked up two to finish the game at 22 – 15 but his win was not enough to put Brentwood into the finals of the annual competition in which clubs simultaneously play four games – a fours, triples, pairs and singles – with two games at home and two away
Brentwood’s four-man team lost 26-4, the triples squad lost 20 – 3 and the pairs were beaten 19 – 14.