BOWLS: Hall & Barker fight back to claim the crown
6:00am Saturday 15th September 2012 in Latest News
TITLES were shared around as no player won more than one event at the Swindon and District Men’s finals day staged at West End last Saturday.
Two clubs, Westlecot and West End, managed to record a double in the eight finals decided but both did include a walk-over win.
The all-Purton affair in the pairs saw Dave Hall and Colin Baker stage a remarkable recovery to defeat club colleagues Max Holland and Kenny Gardiner. They were 10-2 down after only five ends and trailed 20-7 at 16.
But then an incredible run saw them go 23-20 up at 20 ends, and then hang on for an astonishing 23-21 victory.
The fours final also saw a remarkable turnaround in fortunes. Westlecot’s John Wilson, Ray Rogers, Mike Bowden and Michael Titcombe Jnr trailed Rodbourne Cheney 9-7 at ten ends, but in a high scoring game recovered to hang on for a 24-20 success at 21 ends.
Tom Pittuck (Town Gardens) had to survive a valiant fight-back from Josh Cottle (Wootton Bassett ) to win the U25 singles title with a 22-20 win.
The triples final was a one-sided affair as Wroughton trio Robert Palmer, Brian Whittingham and John Fell easily beat Purton 26-11, and Kevin Hillier came from 8-5 down at 10 ends against West End club colleague Roy Major to win the Officer’s singles 21-14.
Major did have the consolation of winning the retired singles via walk-over, as opponent John Wilson was double booked being the Westlecot men’s captain and it was finals day at his club.
There was also a walk-over in the men’s singles for Mike Hall (Westlecot) as opponent Kevin Mitchell (Supermarine) was on holiday.
In the only team event - the Eddie Wells Trophy - the final produced a close and exciting finish with Haydon Wick piping North End for glory by one shot in a 63-62 victory.
One final has still to be resolved, the champion of champions between Colin Baker (Purton) and Chris Payne (Garrards).
Triples: Robert Palmer, Brian Whittingham & John Fell (Wroughton) beat John Blackwell, Dave Hall & Colin Baker (Purton) 26-11 (16 ends).
Fours: John Wilson, Ray Rogers, Mike Bowden & Mike Titcombe Jnr (Westlecot) beat Steve Cornish, Dave Terry, Steve Rose & Roy Carter (Rodbourne Cheney) 24-20.
Pairs: Dave Hall & Colin Baker (Purton) beat Max Holland & Kenny Gardiner (Purton) 23-21.
U25 Singles: Tom Pittuck (Town Gardens) beat Josh Cottle (Wootton Bassett) 22-20.
Officers Cup: Kevin Hillier (West End) beat Roy Major (WE) 21-14 Singles: Mike Hall (Westlecot) w/o Kevin Mitchell (Supermarine).
Retired Singles: R Major (WE) w/o J Wilson (W’lecot).
Eddie Wells Trophy: Haydon Wick beat North End 63-62.
Champion of Champions: Chris Payne (Garrards) v Colin Baker (Purton) - TBA.