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2019 HOBA Bowling Challenge (Russell Smith Memorial Trophy)

On Sunday, the thirteenth edition of the esteemed Russell Smith Memorial Trophy match was contested at its spiritual home, Greenroyd Bowling Club.

A draw having been made, the pairs lined up as:

The format was identical to recent years, the scoreboard unfathomable to all but its inventor. So, under leaden skies, the contest got under way.

The opening exchanges were tense and skilful with a surpising number of woods arriving in the proximity of their target. Waite and Dixon made a brilliant opening sortie but, as last year, soon faded. Campbell and Baigent won their opening games easily and looked set to be finalists. Morley and Robertshaw had to wait until late in the afternoon for their first success, alas!

The skies cleared, the sun showed up, but veteran arms had become weary. Perhaps the texture of the grass changed with the conditions as the bowling became noticeably wayward. ‘It’s faster than you’d think,’ was heard.

The final, at 4.56 pm, was fought out by surprise element, Bingham and Greenwood, and Campbell and Baigent. The latter stormed into an 8–0 lead after four ends and an unassailable 9–3 lead after seven ends, leaving a dead end! K. Campbell bowled brilliantly.

The winners on the left and right of John Robertshaw who is still holding the trophy
The winners

To round off a pleasant, entertaining afternoon, all repaired to the clubhouse to partake of the excellent buffet provided by John Hudson and to reminisce.

The runners up with John Robertshaw on the left
The runners up

Thanks to John Davey for his annual support and impeccable memory for all things Heathen and to G.P. Smith for organising the event which is now inevitably seen as a warm-up for the real challenge taking place at the Greenroyd on .

Rod Eastwood [1954–1961]