Baggott collecting trophies after fine open performance

Left to right, triples winners Jamie Cooke, Danny Smith and Carl Baggott, with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie. Picture: Mick Young
Left to right, triples winners Jamie Cooke, Danny Smith and Carl Baggott, with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie. Picture: Mick Young
Gosport Forton Bowling CLub team members, back row, left to right:  Eric Meighan, Byron Lewis, Mick Lush,
Graham Sampson and Rob Williams
. Front Row, left to right: Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher (team captain
holding cup) and Malcolm Stimpson.

Another one for the trophy cabinet

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Carl Baggott picked up an array of trophies as he proved the start of the show at the Portsmouth Open.

The Alexandra club bowler saw off defending champion Martin Wake to take the coveted men’s singles title.

It was a sensational final, with Baggott winning 21-20 to seal the prize on Saturday.

He also won the pairs title with Jamie Cooke, and combined with Cooke and young talent Danny Smith to win the triples.

Baggott also won the special award donated by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie for dedication to bowls.

It was a dream week for him, while the annual competition proved a big success at Alexandra.

Committee member John Pearson was delighted the response from the bowlers after an intense seven days of competition.

It has been difficult times for the sport in the area with greens being closed down.

But the bowlers and the organising committee, including chairwoman Kath Patrick, ensured it was a hugely memorable week.

Pearson said: ‘It went very well. The Lord Mayor was very impressed.

‘Carl got the award for dedication and he also won the singles, pairs and triples.

‘He was very, very pleased.He had to play on Sunday morning as well.

‘I think he was a bit blurry eyed but he enjoyed it.

‘Rose Rogers was very good as well. It was a high standard ladies’ competition. Rose put everything into it.

‘Everybody enjoyed it and we had lots of people saying it was very successful.’

Pearson helped himself to the consolation triples title on Saturday, with Cyril Alton and Caroline Gall.

He has high hopes for the future of a competition that has been such a big part of the local sporting calendar.

Pearson added: ‘It’s looking good for next year.

‘We had 10 per cent more ladies this year and if we can get 10 per cent more men for next year it would be ideal.

‘Then we could stretch the tournament out to another club.’

Other winners were Kath and Den Patrick who took the mixed pairs title, and Min Wright and Stella Parrish who won the ladies’ pairs.