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Malaga League Cup Finals

Feb. 2018 - Santa Maria BC

Report by Ann Ron Jones, photo by Amber Dineen, photo editing  by Amber Dineen & John Carr. 

The Phil Parnell Trophy is an annual event, sponsored by the Sports Shop, Fuengirola in honour of the original owner (and former bowler) – father of the current owners. It has been presented to the winners of The League Cup Competition since 1992.

The League Cup is played for in a home and away format with both matches being played at the same time. Each Club can enter a team of 18 players (6 triples, 3 at home and 3 away) and the match is decided by overall shots difference rather than individual game wins as happens in the League.

This year the final was hosted by Santa Maria Bowls Club as a neutral venue for the two finalists Benavista Bowls Club and Don Pablo Bowls Club.

In glorious sunshine both teams  started confidently but it was Don Pablo who edged ahead in the early stages, leading by 15 shots after 6 ends over the 6 rinks. It was a lead they would never look like relinquishing despite some very good bowling from both teams. At the halfway stage they led by 19 and it remained that way at the 16th end.

It was only really in the last 2 ends that Benavista fought back. Picking up 14 shots to reduce the deficit to -5 with one game to finish there was a faint hope of an upset but the  Don Pablo team kept calm and picked up a 3 with Benavista chasing a difficult target.

The final score was Don Pablo 108 - Benavista 98

As always the Sports Shop provided trophies for the winners and consolation prizes for the runners up. Malaga FAB Delegado, Ron Jones, congratulated the players of both teams for the quality of bowling and for reaching the final, thanked Santa Maria Bowls Club for hosting and for a magnificent buffet they provided to the players and spectators, the Umpires for the day Arthur Lees and Susan Walker and with Santa Maria President, Pat Fisher, presented the Phil Parnell Trophy to Don Pablo’s Lenny Dineen.

Report by Ron Jones, photo by Murray Johns.

Winning Club, Don Pablo BC

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