The 114th annual Duthie Cup fixture held at Wanganui on 15 – 16 February finished in dramatic fashion with Hutt snatching a last gasp victory. A hard-driving Rod Mead, with his last bowl, destroyed Wanganui’s tenuous lead; salvaging a four to draw the game and secure the Cup for Hutt with a 4.5 – 3.5 victory overall.
Congratulations to the Hutt side – Judy Dearsley, Michael & Marie Crooke, Henry Peters, Rod & Bunty Mead, John Carter, Bob Vine, Mike Prasad, Brian Simmons, Sue Ferris, not forgetting John Forde.
The evening socialising was reportedly memorable and highlighted by the Hutt team’s hearty rendition of a new composition, “The Ballad of John Duthie” sung to the tune of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.”
The composer, a Hutt team member, has requested anonymity.