PDQ Cars Trophy - February 2015

PDQ Trophy - Silver End on left and Braintree on rightBraintree & Witham Times - February 2015

PDQ Cars Trophy - Colchester Indoor Bowls Club

Like all sporting, local derbies, between Braintree Bowling Club and Silver End Bowling Club, this was an entertaining match with a keenly respectful rivalry between these two successful Outdoor Bowling Clubs.

The competition is for Clubs who do not have their own indoor bowling facilities, relying on their outdoor bowling skills to be reflected on the much faster indoor carpets. This competition was played on the first class facilities at Colchester Indoor Bowling club.

The actual competition is based on three groups of bowlers - pairs, triples and fours, Nine competing bowlers from each club. The club that wins two matches takes the competition, if each team win one, then the total scores are added up over the three games to decide the outright winner.

Silver End had already beaten West End Bowling club in the previous round, whereas Braintree had been given a bye into this quarter final stage.

Though Braintree were slower off the mark,  they battled on and as with most bowls games the result isn't known until the final skip's bowl has settled.  This seemed to be the general overall picture for each end, in each match, when Braintree would find themselves several shots up, only for the opposing skip to nullify this by taking the shot wood with his final bowl.

As the games progressed, Silver Ends margin of winning shots was gradually reduced but to no avail at the final 21 ends of each game. Praise must be given to the players who stepped in at the last moment for the Braintree Team and their contribution was greatly appreciated.

The final results where:

Pairs - Drawn - Silver End 18 v Braintree - 18

Braintree Players - Malcolm Stark and Eddie Hawkins

Triples - Silver End Winners - Silver End 27 v Braintree 9

Braintree Players - Olive Hawkins, Peter Chesley and Martin Law.

Fours - Silver End Winners - Silver End 21 v Braintree 16

Braintree Players - Derek Hardy, Rob Doleman, Dave Hart and Dave Barker


Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer of Braintree Bowling Club