RAYLEIGH Bowls Club's finals weekend produced a crop of new names for the honours board.

But at the end of the day the two principal prizes went to familiar faces.

Graham Tucker defended the men's championship he won two years ago, while Norah Cole took the ladies' crown she held in 2018.

Tucker looked home and dry at 20-12 in the final against Tony Warwick, who then pegged away at Tucker's lead before going down 22-18.

After more than two hours Cole snatched the title from the hands of Suzanne Geach with a stunning final wood.

With Geach leading 20-19 and holding shot, Cole's wood was close enough for umpire Mike Birch to be summoned to measure fractionally in Cole's favour.21-20.

Warwick and his partner, Dawn Shaw, who have been bowling for just three years, figured in seven finals.

Warwick won the 4-3-2-1 and Shaw the Junior and Two-wood.

Together they edged out Phil Turner and Nina Harvey 18-17 to win the mixed pairs.

Maureen Prinn was also a first-time singles winner, beating Shaw 21-10 in the Handicap.

Newcomers did not have everything their own way, however. The evergreen John Davey (Handicap), Keith Vaughan (Two-wood) and John Bugg (Veterans) were all winners.

The mixed singles competition for the Jim Clare Trophy remains a male preserve after 12 years, with Geoff Smalley comfortably defying the challenge of Norah Cole 22-11.


MEN - Championship: Graham Tucker bt Tony Warwick 22-18; Handicap: John Davey bt Tony Warwick 21-19; Veterans: John Bugg bt Graham Tucker 21-19; Two-wood: Keith Vaughan bt Alan Blakesley 17-7; 4-3-2-1: Tony Warwick bt Keith Vaughan 101-99; Junior: Dave Medlock w/o Ken Johnson; Open Pairs: Perry Copley and Ray Cooper bt Alan Blakesley and Colin Young 21-9; Club Pairs: Phil Turner and Brian Tomassi bt Peter Graham and Geoff Smalley 23-18;Triples: Robin Smith, Syd Chaplin, Ian Cole bt Peter Prinn, Dave Lambert, Dave Medlock 20-15

LADIES - Championship: Norah Cole bt Suzanne Geach 21-20; Handicap: Maureen Prinn bt Dawn Shaw 21-10; Two-wood: Dawn Shaw bt Suzanne Geach 16-11; Junior: Dawn Shaw bt Margaret Butler 22-10 Long/short: Norah Cole bt Marian Hills 105-85; 4-3-2-1:Eve Turpin bt Maureen Prinn 107-63; Pairs: Suzanne Geach and Maggie Graham bt Norah Cole and Barbara Bolt 28-9; Triples: Maureen Prinn, Sandra Glenn, Sheila McAvoy bt Maggie Graham, Rosie Wiggins, Linda Gaitely 15-14.

MIXED - Jim Clare: Geoff Smalley bt Norah Cole 22-11; Mixed pairs: Tony Warwick and Dawn Shaw bt Phil Turner and Nina Harvey 18-17; Willcocks Triples: Rosie Wiggins, Peter Prinn, Chris Gaitely bt Suzanne Geach, Tony Loman, Ian Cole 27-8.