Thanks to Jeanette Higham for this report
The Vet’s Team Championship – the Mel Higham Trophy was played at Caernarfon BC on Tuesday 27th September. For this Welsh Crown Green event, the teams in contention were, Coed Talon, Gresford Colliery and Rhos Park BC.
Referees DT Evans, Alan Davies and Arthur Peake were on hand to see fair play and the event was hosted by David Mathias as Past Welsh President and attended by John Percy – WCGBA Patron and Management member Peter Higham. The day’s play was organised by Dave Walker.
In the first round, Gresford Colliery and Rhos Park went head to head. Miriam Forder ( Rhos Park ) got the team off to a strong start with a 21-9 win over Eric Challenor. Amanda Nicholas, Grahame Bennett, Dewi Jones , Ivor Gwyn Jones and Kerry Jones all led away well in their games. By the half way stage in the eight a side competition, there were only about 10 points adrift between the two teams. At the end of round one, Gresford totalled 135 and Rhos Park 131.
As the losing team, Rhos Park now played Coed Talon. Stuart Thomas ( Coed Talon) began well and was soon 10-1 in front against Miriam Forder. Miriam struggled to find the same form as her first game and Stuart won 21-7. Bernard Goodhead won 21-11 against John Bonatti. Ivor Gwyn Jones had another good game and won 21-10 over Leo Jackson. All in all it was a better result for Rhos Park – 140 to Coed Talon 105.
Gresford now played Coed Talon. Merwyn Williams had a better second game of the day to win 21-12 over Leo Jackson with Amanda, Dewi Jones, David Meal and Kerry Jones all winning their games. John Bonatti had a much better game with Grahame Bennett and won 21-11. Kerry Jones and Tudor Griffiths had a ‘ battle royal’ with Kerry winning 21-20. Final scores in this round were Gresford Colliery 153 and Coed Talon 117. It was very much a day of ‘win some, lose some’.
A final accumulated score of 288 gave Gresford Colliery the trophy for 2022 which was presented by the late Mel Higham’s brother Peter.