LYME Regis Bowling Club hosted their 60th annual tournament, in this their 80th year, in near perfect conditions.

Some 136 competitors took part from as far afield as Wolverhampton, Hemel Hempstead, Winchester, Bristol and Basingstoke, as well as those from nearer to home.

Paul Pomeroy reached all three finals and was hoping for a clean sweep.

In the morning, ably assisted by his dad Steve and Paul Moffitt, he put the first one in the bag in the Open Triples.

This was a well-fought contest against Dave Young and Alan Carter (Winchester), and Rod Hobbs of Lyme.

This was an entertaining encounter which could have gone either way, but the Lyme trio held out for the win.

Pomeroy was unlucky in the pairs, where he was partnered by Simon Doig of Fleming Park, as they were narrowly beaten by Carl Stephens and Mike Hayden of Fleming Park.

After a gruelling week, sometimes playing four matches in a day, Pomeroy’s legs were giving him trouble by the time he came to his last game, and arguably the most important, the men’s singles final.

He was up against Dave Green of Wolverhampton, who had played sublime bowls all week, and this promised to be a good tussle.

Pomeroy’s legs held out, just, and in the end he had a comfortable win over the Wolverhampton man.

In the ladies’ singles final it was an all-Lyme affair, as had been the semis, between Ann Allman, last year’s losing finalist, and Helen Dowling.

Allman appeared to have this game sown at 20-9, having reached the 20 shots in comparative comfort.

Dowling had other ideas and started to reel in the deficit and her opponent was beginning to look uneasy. But true grit prevailed, and Allman added the one shot she needed to her obvious relief.

A club spokesman said: “There are many people who are involved in making a week like this happen. Firstly the tournament secretary Sue Rowe and her assistant Lesley Broom ably assisted by head of publicity, Pat Cole.

“The hard working green staff of Philip Stephens, Barry Rattenbury and Roger Legg get up at the crack of dawn to mow and prepare the green.

“Next comes tireless Bill Burton, our tournament umpire, ably assisted by Chris Bell.

“During the week, Angela Rattenbury, our ladies’ captain, ran various social events to raise funds for her charity, breast cancer.

“A total of £618 was raised during the week bringing her total so far this season to a little over £928.

“Special thanks must also go to our very generous sponsors, AJ Wakeley & Sons, the prizes being given away by Leah, a member of the Wakeley family who was introduced by our president, Philip Stephens.”

Men’s Singles final: Paul Pomeroy, Lyme Regis, 22 Dave Green, Wolverhampton, 12.

Ladies’ Singles final: Ann Allman, Lyme Regis, 21 Helen Dowling, Lyme Regis, 14.

Open Pairs final: Carl Stephens & Mike Hayden, Fleming Park, 18 Paul Pomeroy, Lyme Regis & Simon Doig, Fleming Park, 17.

Open Triples final: Paul Pomeroy, Paul Moffitt, Steve Pomeroy, Lyme Regis, 19 Dave Young & Alan Carter, Winchester, 7 Rod Hobbs, Lyme Regis, 14.

Anyone wishing to enter next year’s tournament, the date is June 16-22.