BOWLS: Quadruple triumph for Westlecot
6:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Latest News
LOCAL players were in fine form last weekend at Devizes when competing in the Bowls Wiltshire men’s county championship and competition finals.
They captured nine of the 12 titles on offer with Westlecot winning four of them, which included regaining the Four-rink League play-offs crown.
Mike Jackson and Mel Biggs took the pairs title for the third time in four years in beating John Webb and Graham House (Alderbury) 19-16.
Jackson added the singles title on Saturday afternoon after overcoming teammate Graham Hatherall 21-9.
Hatherall retained his two wood singles crown with a comfortable 16-7 success after 18 ends against Middleton Cup captain Dave Snell (Wootton Bassett).
Wootton Bassett’s Kyle Anderson had a comfortable 21-9 victory over Holt’s Ben Gadd in the champion of champions final.
Harold Jones’ rink won the all-Wootton Bassett fours final showdown with a comprehensive 25-13 victory over Steve Snell’s four.
In the junior singles final, Wootton Bassett’s Tom Walkley had to come from 12-6 down to edge home 21-19 after 22 ends against Westlecot’s Paul Stokes.
The Wootton Basset trio of James Nobbs, Kyle Anderson and Gary Morphet failed to retain the county triples after losing the last three ends against Holt and missing out on an extra end..
Mike Titcombe Junior (Westlecot) was just edged out of the unbadged singles 21-18 by Holt’s Adrian Bolwell.
On Sunday, Highworth’s Kevin Carter beat Wilton’s George Toomer 22-17 to retain the greenkeepers’ singles trophy.
After losing in the 2010 and 2012 finals, the Malmesbury trio of Brian Reynolds, Colin Hicks and Malcolm Curtis edged home 16-15 against Alderbury in the men’s over 60s triples final.
The two men’s team competition finals staged on Sunday were won by local clubs, with Purton winning the Tourist Trophy and Westlecot the Wiltshire Four-Rink League play-offs final.
Purton led throughout on both rinks against Swindon Town Gardens in the Tourist Trophy. They were 27-8 up across the board at 10 ends and eventually recorded a comfortable 16-shot win.
Westlecot gained revenge over Holt to edge home against last year’s winners by three shots in the Four-rink League play-offs final.
The Old Town side had won the four rink title nine times in ten seasons between 2002 and 2011, but lost heavily to Holt last year in the semis.
Holt led 23-18 across the board after five ends, but the Swindon side raised their game and moved into a 43-34 lead at 10 ends.
Although Holt fought back, they were unable to cut the deficit to less than six by 18 ends and despite a final flourish, Westlecot sealed a 78-75 victory.
All of the county championship finals are now completed and just over a fortnight remains before the end of the outdoor season.
Beforehand though many clubs will be staging their annual club championships, end of season drives and specials such as presidents versus captains days.
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