Football and cricket might be hogging the limelight at this time of year. But the more serene sport of bowls is making Hucknall sit up and take notice.
For the town’s greens have produced a couple of notable champions at national and county levels.
Hucknall club, Rolls-Royce Leisure, have won the Glover Trophy, one of Nottinghamshire’s most prestigious bowls competitions.
And veteran Dave Adams has won another major individual title to boost his reputation as one of the best bowlers the Dispatch district has ever seen.
The 67-year-old Adams lifted the veterans’ singles championship at the English Bowls Federation’s national outdoor championships at Skegness.
Remarkably, it was his ninth national title -- and to get there, he won his 45th county title!
In fact, Adams is the common denominator behind both triumphs -- because he was also a member of the victorious Rolls team.
The Glover Trophy, presided over by the Notts Bowls Federation, attracts many of the top clubs in the county. Knockout matches comprise singles, pairs, trips and fours.
Rolls received a bye in the opening round before defeating local rivals, Bulwell Forest, in Round Two and then Notts Constabulary in the quarter-finals.
In the semi--finals, they knocked out Bingham, setting up a keenly-contested final showdown against Ruddington.
Adams was always in control of the singles leg, winning by 28 shots to 14, but the pairs and trips legs were won by Ruddington.
Adams’s wife Janet (60) teamed up with David Hayes in the pairs and they led 11-10 at the halfway stage, only to fall away in the next 12 ends to go down 23-18.
Roy Walker, John Walker and Dave Breedon made up Rolls’s trips team, but lost 25-15.
Nevertheless Rolls pulled the match out of the bag thanks to the fours, Stuart Newton, Alan Harvey, Mark Foulds and Alan Parker, who triumphed 16-11, despite dropping five shots on the 12th end.
It all gave the Hucknall side, who are based at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club, off Watnall Road, victory by an overall score of 77 shots to 73.
Meanwhile Adams himself, of Kersall Gardens, blazed a trail at Skegness, following up his success at the same championships last year in the veteran pairs (with Ron Clurow) and in the mixed pairs (with wife Janet).
Representing Nottinghamshire as the county’s top singles veteran, he defeated the Durham champion 21-14 in his first game.
Next came victory against the Humberside champion, 21-12, followed by his toughest assignment in the semi-finals against the leading veteran in Suffolk. Adams was never headed, running out a 21-16 winner.
The final against the representative from Derbyshire was a close affair and Adams trailed 10-8 at one stage. But then he conjured up his best form of the week to win 21-14 and lift the A.L.Ludlam Trophy.