It was last round nerves for this year’s Burton Cup Classic winners, with skip Jamey Ferris, Mick Maunder, Tanya Harrison and Ricky Miller successfully controlling their own destiny to take top honour in a highly regarded field.
The Burton Cup, which returned to the programme last season after many years absence, is recognised as the biggest tournament within the Gisborne-East Coast region, with bowlers bidding for the coveted silverware and their share of the $3000 prize pool.
Endorsed as a Summer of Bowls event, the Burton Cup attracted 16 teams from the Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Thames Valley and a strong representation from some of the best bowlers, and upcoming talent, in the Gisborne-East Coast area.
The classic format, which sees all teams playing singles, pairs, triples and fours, has proven a big hit with participants, with the winning team being the one that amasses the most match points throughout the event – with a total of six rounds carried out.
Hosted at the Gisborne Bowling Club, the Burton Cup Classic Fours appears to be back in full force and with feedback from bowlers being nothing, but positive – the Classic is set to continue its long standing tradition in the province.
Heading in to the final round on Sunday, tournament leaders Ferris and Co needed to win at least one of their two last-round 2-4-2 pairs clashes to put the result out of reach, but with Arthur Hawes, Mal Trowell, David Beattie and Lyn Trueman within touching distance of snatching the cup subject to securing two wins, the Cup remained anyone’s for the taking.
And with two wins in the bag for Hawes, all eyes were fixed firmly on the Ferris combinations.
Trailing in the closing stages in both fixtures, the tournament looked to be heading the way of Hawes, however with Harrison and Miller combining to cross the line in their fixture 9-8, the spoils promptly swung back in favour with the Ferris four – making the other result somewhat irrelevant.
However, adding to the big finish, Ferris and Maunder also edged a win opposite Vern Marshall and Ben Elkington, 10-9 – wrapping up the event with 56 points from a maximum 60 in what proved an impressive showing throughout the weekend, dropping just one game from eight.
Hawes’ unbeaten run towards the end saw his side finish runner-up on 49pts, securing the Makauri Cup, while four other teams shared in the total prize pool – sponsored by Eastland Group.
Finishing in third place Paul Harrison, Vern Withey, Bev Rogers and first-year bowler Geoff Pinn (45pts), while Bob McIlroy, Charlie Ure, Dayvinia Mills and teenager Angela Gibson-Sam took out fourth place on 37pts.
Rounding out the tournament, George (skip), Anita Vaotuua, Steve and Cheryl Jenkins finished fifth place, matching Kawerau’s Marcus Merrick, Tony and Brent Mitchell and Sarah Brown on 34pts, but taking the higher honour with a superior differential of +2.
The Burton Cup Classic Fours will return again next season in February, 2021.
Results at a Glance
2020 Burton Cup Classic Fours, Gisborne
Winners: Jamey Ferris (s), Mick Maunder, Tanya Harrison, Ricky Miller (54pt)
R/Up: Arthur Hawes (s), Mal Trowell, David Beattie, Lyn Trueman (49pt)
3rd: Paul Harrison (s), Vern Withey, Bev Rogers, Geoff Pinn (45pt)
by Sam Morton