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

County Finals Report

Train overcome a determined Roy Goldsmith (BW), Train was 15 - 3 up, but Goldsmith fought back to only trail 18 - 16; Train managed to score 2 shots to lead 20 - 16, and an exchange of singles meant the West Avenue bowler lifted his fourth title. In the other events, and I will begin with the first final (Under 25 Singles) where Jack Miller (G) defeated his clubmate Josh Minto to lift the championship and also secure his place for Leamington Spa (as only the winner progresses to the national finals). On Saturday saw Gosforth's 4 skipped by England International Chris Yeomans defeat Rothbury's Graeme Donkin. On the Rothbury 4, this is the very first time in Rothbury's history that any individual or team have qualified for the national finals - a huge well done and congratulations to all concerned. The next morning brought pairs contests - with the mixed pairs and men's pairs. In the Men's pairs Backworth's Ian Brown and Paul Ging was against Portland's Gren Richardson, Gren's normal parter Colin Boyle was away (celebrating his Golden Wedding Anniversary - congratulations), therefore Gren's subsitute for the final was Ken Atkinson. The game itself started well for the Backworth duo taking a 9 nil lead, Richardson fought back to level the game at 9 all; the lead then changed hands with the Portland duo leading 13 - 12. However from this point Brown and Ging scored 6 of the last 7 ends to take the title 19 - 14. In the other pairs game - the mixed pairs saw Gosforth's Sheila Storey and Michael Bennett take on Health & Security's Irene Brown and Stu Williams. Williams looking to go one better than 2017, held a slender lead at the half way stage (12 - 11), this was extended to 14 - 11 over the next 2 ends, but from this point the Gosforth duo scored 10 shots over 5 of the next 6 ends to take control, and ultimately ran out 22 - 17 winners.

The 2 Wood Championship final was an all Gosforth affair with Dave Morrison up against Simon Richardson. Morrison started the better in the early stages (5 - 1), but Richardson then took control, scoring on the next 7 ends to lead 11 - 5. Morrison then fought back to only trail 12 - 11. But Richardson was not going to be denied and scored 4 singles on the last 4 ends to lift his second county title of the weekend. In the Champion of Champion Singles, previous winner Gosforth's Michael Cymber played Cowpen & Crofton's Bryan Turner. Cymber took the title with an emphatic win.

The afternoon play saw the final of the triples, with Newbiggins Lee Birch supported by Billy Waters and Alan Stewart facing Gosforth's Chris Yeomans (with Josh Minto & Simon Richardson). The early exchanges were tight with Yeomans taking a slight lead, this was extended to 7 - 3, and further extended to 14 - 3; despite Newbiggin scoring 4 of the next 5 ends (but only 1's), Yeomans scored on the 17th end and took the crown.

As mentioned earlier Gosforth BC had a terrific weekend - lifting no fewer than 8 Men's County Titles (Under 25 Singles, 2 Wood, 4 Wood, Triples, Fours, Senior 4's, Junior Pairs, C of C).  Also lifting 3 Women's Titles (Under 25 Singles, Triples and Fours). In addition to these there is the Mixed Pairs, Men's Senior Singles (R Train), Men's Senior Pairs (R Train) and Women's Senior Singles. 

Finally the County would very much like to thank all of the players involved over the finals, Alnwick BC for hosting - and the many helpers there involved, it is very much appreciated. In addition the markers and umpire for working through the 2 days, as some of the time the conditions were not the best, and a final thank you to all the supporters for coming along.


John Harthen

Hon. Comp. Sec. 


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