On a sunny morning at Sherwood Park’s neutral green, Solihull Municipal Bowls Club took on red hot favourites Kings Heath in the Birmingham final of the Men’s Top Club Championship, for the W.G.Walker Trophy.
The capacity crowd wanted to see the Four Woods Singles, which paired the Kings Heath County Finalist Chris Barton against the Muni’s up and coming John Bentien.
Kings Heath captain Jim Freeman was supremely confident that Barton would win comfortably and Chris certainly started confidently as his young opponent showed a touch of nerves on the big stage. Despite Barton’s authority, Bentien called on all of his reserves in an effort to avoid the expected
John Bentien somehow got his nose in front and hung on for a wonderful victory by 21 shots to 16 but Chris Barton knew that he had bowled brilliantly and could hold his head high!
The finals were completed with Kings Heath winning the pairs, triples and fours to collect the Top Club Walker Trophy by three games to one.