Paul Smith uses ballroom technique to beat Building magazine for the first time in Challenge Trophy.

Building magazine was finally skittled by British Gypsum last week in the annual BG Challenge Trophy.

British Gypsum narrowly squeezed out Building in a keenly contested game of ten-pin bowling at the Hollywood Bowl in the London outer suburb of Finchley.

Building appeared to be cruising to a hat-trick of victories over British Gypsum when BG marketing head honcho Paul Smith conjured up a match winning 155 points in the second of his two games.

After a modest score of 74 in the first game Smith scored four consecutive strikes in his second to overhaul Building’s lead bowlers Alex Smith and Socratis Socratous.

Paul Smith’s high scoring was in part down to his stylish delivery. The graceful arc of the trailing leg was particularly smooth and was due, according to a team-mate, to Smith's passion for ballroom dancing.

Although Smith came third overall with an average points score of 115, he enabled BG to edge out Building with an average player score of 93.45 to 92.78.

The overall winner was Alex Smith with a score of 131, while Socratous trailed in second a point behind.

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British Gypsum won the Challenge thanks to a solid middle order display.