Members of Gerrards Cross Bowls Club (GCBC) recently competed at the Bowls England National Finals.
The finals took place at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club from August 25 to September 11. Matt Hyde and Andrew Briden of GCBC came second in the Men’s Pairs semi-final, losing 20-9 to Lewis Baker and Nick Brett of Huntingdonshire, who went on to win the Men’s Pairs final.
The GCBC pair’s effort to stop the scoring was unsuccessful as three ends later, a three and then a five were scored by the Huntingdonshire duo, giving them a 16-3 advantage at nine ends.
As the ends progressed, it became more difficult for Hyde and Briden to reinsert themselves into the contest, and the match ended 20-9.
In the other semi-final, Hyde and Briden defeated Jack Tobin and Neil Corbyn of Northamptonshire 18- 11. The GCBC duo outscored Tobin and Corbyn 14-6 after scoring an outstanding seven on the tenth end.
After 13 ends, the Notts pair made a last effort to mount a comeback and cut the Bucks’ advantage to five, but time ran out. Hyde and Briden successfully finished the game and won by seven. Hyde and Briden then went on to further success at the championship, winning the Men’s Triples 29-9 alongside fellow GCBC member Tim Jones.
A spokesperson for GCBC said: “Great effort guys; we are all extremely proud.”
The GCBC had seven entries in the National Finals: Men’s Pairs, Men’s Triples, Ladies’ Triples, Men’s Senior Pairs, Men’s Under 25 Singles, Family Pairs and Men’s and Ladies’ Top Club teams.