The prospect of winning the Richards Trophy competition at Brentwood Bowling Club was a distant thought for Ken Collins.
The veteran bowler had to get away early and as he was convinced his team had lost, he tendered his apologies and left before the presentation ceremony on Sunday 22nd July 2018.
Minutes later, club officials revealed that Ken and team mates Brian Martin and Ted Vidler were this year’s winners of the coveted trophy which was presented to the club in memory
of former members George and Olive Richards from Doddinghurst.
Centenarian George died in 2011 and his wife died seven years earlier at the age of 90. Their daughters Janet Alderton and Celia Eade were guests at this year’s event played in sizzling summer weather at King George’s Playing Fields.
In Ken’s absence, they presented the silver cup to the two remaining players, Brian Martin and Ted Vidler.
Janet and Celia were welcomed by men’s captain Fred Wasmuth who said George took him under his wing when he took up bowling, adding: “He was a lovely man and I am very pleased to have known him.”
Celia said she and her sister always found it a pleasure to visit the club as they were always made to feel so welcome.
Before congratulating the winners, she told players: “We think you all deserve a medal for playing in this heat.”
Five mixed triples and an all-male trio took part in this year’s competition and after three games of six ends, the men’s team emerged victorious with two wins and a draw to their credit. Their closest rivals – Keith Howson, Ann Powell and Maureen Murrell – also won two but lost one.
Other teams: Peter Smith, Marion Lofts, Trevor Pedley; Janet Howson, James Nolan, Ron Lofts; Marina Thorne, Brian Duffield, Alison Hare; Peter Franklin, Joan Stevenson, Fred Wasmuth.