Trophies made from 3D glass were commissioned by Hunstanton Town Council for every player in the final of the hundredth Ingleby Cup.
Rudham were defeated by Ingoldisthorpe in the last match of this knock-out competition that has been sponsored and organised by the Hunstanton Council since the competition’s inception in 1913.
The final turned out to be a very close match with the result unclear until the closing stages of the last end.
Played at the Cliff Parade Bowls Club, that was also established in 1913, on a sparkling afternoon on Saturday, town clerk Lisa Powell explained that the competition is very different today from its early beginnings when there were scores of bowls clubs in Norfolk.
Clubs had amalgamated over the decades as numerous greens had been sold off for development.
Lisa said: “It is great to be able to play the finals here at Cliff Parade; the greens are among the best in the county. I am also delighted with the centenary trophies Hunstanton Town Council has sponsored.”
Ingoldisthorpe captain Maurice Doy said: “I’m really chuffed and very proud of the team that has remained pretty much unchanged since we last won the Ingleby competition four years ago. Rudham were tough opponents and they’ve won this cup before too, so that makes today’s win very sweet.”
Members of the winning team were Kevin Johnson, John Bull, Maurice Doy, Paul Griffiths, Michael Mitchell, David Greaves, Graham Piggott, Valerie Wilner, David Pomfret, Reinhard Wilner, Roy Ebbs and Robert Ransome.
The solid silver cup engraved with all the winning teams was donated by Holcombe Ingleby in 1913. He was the King’s Lynn MP from 1910-18. Having moved from Heacham Hall to Sedgeford Hall it would seem that this popular and colourful character had turned his attention from cricket (he had played for Worcestershire, Cheshire and Northamptonshire) to bowls as he also installed a green near Sedgeford Hall in the same year.
He continued to take a keen interest in the competition in Hunstanton for many years until his death in 1926.
The Hunstanton Mayor and Deputy Mayor Councillors Elaine Clutton and Carol Bower attended the final.
Cllr Clutton said: “This competition is a really important fixture in the Hunstanton calendar, and especially so this year as it is the centenary.
“I would like to congratulate both teams. Organising a competition like this is a lot of work so thank you, Lisa, for making it such a successful event.”