Barbara Evans Trophy B-Level Weekend 1 & 2 July 2023
It was a sunny but windy Sunday afternoon when Mike Hedge (Nottingham) and Eric Soakell (Bristol) went out to play the final. The lawns were fast and a little bumpy on Saturday morning but by Sunday afternoon were even faster.
By halfway through the game Eric had run three hoops with each of his Red and Yellow balls whilst Mike had only run four hoops with his Blue ball. Mike doubled his score with Blue which put him 8-6 in the lead. With one hour to go Eric had fought back to go up 9-8, but soon Mike got started with Black but only made one hoop .... now 9-9!
Mike progressed with Black to go to 12-9 with 30 minutes left. Eric added one more hoop to his tally but soon after so did Mike. Mike pushed on with Black but failed hoop 7 leaving it 15-10 with ten minutes to go. Soon afterwards Mike got in with Blue, the timer went, but he progressed to 17-10. Eric failed to hit in, so that was the final score. An entertaining game for the spectators.