NOMADS built on their third-placed league finish by winning the Swan Studley Skittles League’s annual cup competition.
The event featured a group of four teams playing on a matchplay basis with the first bowlers in each group competing against each other, then the second bowlers against each other and so on.
After leg one, Engineers comfortably held top spot and they maintained a good advantage through the next three legs to look favourites to win the cup, which would have been compensation for narrowly missing out a few weeks earlier on the league championship.
However, indifferent scoring by Engineers in the fifth and last leg opened the door for the other three teams.
Nomads, having occupied second place throughout the final, upped their game with some good last leg bowling to become cup winners to add to another good league season in which they finished third.
At the same time Alley Cats, seemingly out of contention when bottom spot of the group after leg three, rallied well over the final two legs to snatch runners-up spot.
Alley Cats have been perennial strugglers in the league over the years and left it late again this season to avoid the wooden spoon, so to win their first major silverware as runners-up was unsurprisingly welcomed with whoops of delight from team members.
For Lodge Farmers, who had so easily qualified for the final, there was to be no repeat of their first round high-scoring form and they rarely looked likely to add another trophy to their collection.
Top scorer in the final was Sam Billyard (Alley Cats) with 40 pins and team-mates Pete Sollis and Loz Gazeley made 33 each. Nomads had Geoff Loat scoring 38 and Darren Williams 37.
Engineers’ best were George Bird and Craig Ellis with 37 and 35 respectively and Rachel Morris and Glyn Morley returned 37 and 35 respectively for Lodge Farmers.
Results: Nomads 17 points; Alley Cats 15; Engineers 14.5; Lodge Farmers 13.5.
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