Richard Heathman wins County
                'Champion of Champions'



On Sunday, 13th August 2017
Richard Heathman won the

His opponent was Neil Gauld of Reading

Richard Heathman and Neil Gauld

The match was played at Thatcham in beautiful sunshine. The travelling W&E support contingent, 
and indeed the crowd in general, were treated to a classic encounter. 

   Both players contributed to a memorable match with Richard winning by the narrowest of margins 21-20.

       Early ends saw Gauld take a commanding 17-10 lead, however Richard fought back to even the 
score at 17-17. 

Richard in action

The neck and neck situation continued until they stood at twenty shots each. The deciding end could not 
have been more dramatic in that the match was decided by the very last bowl from Gauld. 

With Richard lying shot, Gauld played the final bowl into the head to disperse the closely 
grouped bowls around the jack. 

It required several measuring attempts to determine that Richard had won by a fraction to take 
the Champion of Champions title.

It took several measures to decide the winner