Incorporating the Mens & Womens Bowling Associations of the County of Northumberland

2017 County Championships

Saturday 29st July saw the beginning of what would shape up to be a glorious weekend for the County Championships 2017 at Gosforth Bowling Club.
The Ladies Final’s weekend started with the Junior Singles where Rachel Cartwright (BD) was able to retain her title for her 4th consecutive year after beating Gosforth’s own Mattea Ross.

In the afternoon, we had a repeat of last year’s Triples Final – Norma Craig (BU) look set to beat defending champion and National Semi-Finalist, Kayleigh Proctor (BD), as they led the game all the way resulting in a 4 shot lead with 1 end left to play. However, Norma was unable to reduce the shot count as Kayleigh continued to draw in and pick up an astonishing 5 shots to retain the championship.

The next morning was the 2 and 4 Bowl Singles. Defending champion Pat Browne (BD) got off to a slow start as Rachel Cartwright (BD) took an early lead. However, she came back fighting with a 4 shot lead on the 19th end. Rachel (BD) was lying 1 shot and failed to draw in for a second, making Pat (BD) 3 shots up with only one end left and ultimately becoming the Ladies 2 Bowl Champion for the 2nd year running.

Sandra Ferguson (BA) made her County Championship debut as she took on the challenge of playing Kayleigh Proctor (BD) in the 4 Wood Singles. Sandra gave Kayleigh (BD) a tough game and made her work hard by playing some outstanding shots in order for Kayleigh to become our 4 Bowl Champion.

R Brown (AK) tried hard to prevent Burradon from winning the pairs for a second year. But her efforts weren’t good enough as A Robson (BU) played an astonishing game to ensure her club held on to the title for at least one more year.

Lastly we had the ladies Rinks, this game certainly was one for the spectators. It was nip and tuck all the way with Kayleigh Proctor (BD) 1 up on the last end, lying shot with the jack on the edge of the ditch. It was a race to ditch it. With both Kayleigh and her Gloria Stapylton (PE) narrowly missing with their first attempts, Gloria was able to ditch it, guaranteeing shot and calling the umpires into action to measure for second.
Ponteland were only awarded one shot which meant an extra end.
Benfield were lying 3 when Margaret Turner (PE) stepped up to bowl, she halved the jack to give her team shot. Rachel Cartwright (BD) then edged one of her team mates bowls in between shot bowl and the jack putting the pressure back on Ponteland. Gloria (PE) was unlucky to take her own bowl out of the head with her first bowl and missed the target with her second which ultimately secured Pat Bowne’s (BD) and Kayleigh Proctor’s (BD) 4th County Championship this season.

Once again on behalf of Bowls Northumberland Women’s County, we would like to thank Gosforth Bowling Club, the Umpires, County Officials, competitors and, of course, the spectators for truly making it a fantastic experience for all.

Good Luck to everyone at the Royal Leamington Spa National Finals – do us proud #BowlsNorthumberland

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