LLANDEILO Bowling Club ended their season on September 7 on a high note with a enjoyable intra club doubles' tournament for members.

Llandeilo was one of the few clubs in Carmarthenshire this year to open up its green for lawn bowls with strict measures having been put in place and adhered to meet Welsh Government and Bowls Wales guidelines - so as to ensure a safe environment for members to enjoy a roll up on the green.

The Club’s president, Gil Mount, acknowledged the effort put in by a team of volunteers, led by King Jones who had sanitised the premises and equipment on a daily basis in addition to maintaining the green and surrounding grounds in pristine condition throughout the playing season.

A great team spirit had been evident both on and off the green and the club had refused to let Covid-19 dampen the enthusiasm.

Local councillor Edward Thomas referred to the difficulties that coronavirus had posed for many sports clubs and facilities and in opening the tournament he congratulated Llandeilo Bowling Club for its indomitable enthusiasm and hard work which had enabled the club to open up safely.

Sara Nicholls, the club’s star Welsh international bowler whose trip to represent Wales in Australia has had to be postponed due to Covid-19, organised the tournament with 16 members putting forward their names to play.

Names were paired for the two wood doubles' tournament having been drawn at random and the knock out, one day competition was in Sara’s words to be “fun, quick and snappy” – and so it proved.

One short, sharp shower dampened the green - and those playing at the time – but the remainder of the tournament was played in warm autumn sunshine with much banter between players on the rinks and from those who had come along to encourage and spectate.

Mick Webb, paired with Jean Stancer, played well to see off rivals Richard Davies and Ena Williams whilst King Jones and Ryan Williams gained a win over Gareth James and Mary Davies in the semi finals.

The final proved to be a hot contest until the last end but Mick and Jean proved to be the winning combination by taking the match from King and Ryan by 10 points to 6.

The presentation of prizes to the winners and runners up by the club’s president concluded a social day that was thoroughly enjoyed by both bowlers and spectators alike.

With the closing of the season for lawn bowls the club had hoped to continue in the club house with short mat bowls over the winter but to date coronavirus restrictions have conspired against those hoping for more action.

Regardless, members will hope for a 'normal' lawn bowls season next year and the club has stated it hopes to welcome current and new members to Llandeilo.