Adams family scare off bowls opposition to take title

Dave and Janet Adams Skegness 2011
Dave and Janet Adams Skegness 2011

THERE is nothing ‘creepy or kooky’ about the Adams family, of Hucknall, when they take to the bowling green.

No sign of Lurch, Uncle Fester or Morticia. Just Dave and Janet, husband and wife, quietly racking up trophy after trophy.

And so it was at the prestigious over-55 bowls tournament held at Skegness last week. For the duo landed the coveted open triples title, beating 101 trios from throughout the country.

Dave (66) and Janet (59), of Kersall Gardens, teamed up with Bob Rose, of Greasley. And they came through five rounds before beating a threesome from Mansfield 26 shots to ten in the semi-finals.

The final pitted them against local Skegness trio, Paul Cameron, Pete Duke and Ian Morris. But it proved more comfortable than anticipated.

With Janet at lead, Bob at two and Dave at skip, they all produced excellent displays of draw bowling to cruise home by 23 shots to nine.

As well as the Hewisons Supermarket Shield, they received a cash prize of £750 — plus one of the much sought-after Jolly Fisherman awards, handed out at Skegness bowls tournaments. It was Bob’s first and Janet’s third but Dave had won no fewer than eight before.

Widely recognised as Hucknall’s most successful bowler, Dave shows no sign of relinquishing his stranglehold on success. He has scooped more than 30 county titles over the years, plus regional and national prizes.

For wife Janet, though, the Skegness triumph was another positive step on her road to recovery after she was struck down in 2008 by a serious illness that affects just one in a million people.

Anti-GBM disease attacked her lungs and kidneys and meant she was unable to play bowls for 18 months.