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Jubilant Lonsdale find winning touch

While the party at the Palace was in full swing on Sunday, there were some early fireworks at Barnes Lonsdale, writes Bill Pilgrim.

Yet to win a match in four outings, Barnes prayed for a favourable outcome in their fifth friendly, at home against NPL.

Good bowling saw some crackers' and bangers' in the head, a few damp squibs and an occasional rocket from the skips. In a fine game the home side won by two rinks to one, never mind that they lost on points.

NPL also gave hope for the future of the game by fielding three generations of bowlers: Granddad Nobby Parke, his son Keith and grandson Richard.

Earlier in the week, there was some pretence of summer in the weather when the men from Barnes Lonsdale ambled over to Hurlingham Park for a friendly three triples match. From the off the bright sunshine was challenged by sprinkles of rain, but not enough fell to dampen the spirits of the 18 keen bowlers. The gents of Hurlingham were, as ever, the perfect hosts, thrashing Barnes by a margin of 12 shots, but insisting on giving compensation by way of a magnificent tea in swish surroundings.

Saturday saw Barnes Lonsdale travelling to Mid-Surrey in the hope that they would not come away empty handed. Well - they did and they didn't. Although they lost this friendly triples match by 13 shots, Bill Pilgrim, Sol Plummer and skip Ernie Watts were presented with a bowls cloth for forcing a tie on their rink.

Barnes captain Joe Seaman congratulated Mid-Surrey on this their 80th Anniversary year and thanked their hosts for agreeing to play the friendly following Barnes' reluctant withdrawal from their league matches.

In the Surreys, the Lonsdale Ladies pairings of Sheila Mason, Evelyn Brace, Gill Berry and Isobel Kimber achieved a first and a second last week. Sheila and Evelyn did well to win 29-12 against the home side pair at Manor Park, but Gill and Isobel lost at Putney Town.

In the Unbadged Singles, Lonsdale were disappointed to see Evelyn lose against June Hawkins of Mid-Surrey and Sheila Mason faltering on a fast green at Malden to lose to Pat Chappell.

However, in the Triples at Manor Park Isobel Kimber, Gill Berry and Evelyn Brace won a thrilling match against the home side. Trailing badly from the start Lonsdale recovered to score six shots on the 17th end and three shots on the 18th to win the match by a single shot.

Isobel also kept the Lonsdale flag flying high in the Surrey Officers Cup when she won her singles match 21-12 against Betty Lapham of Mitcham.

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