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

Friday Results

The Under 18 Singles was won by Haltwhistle's George Rogan, who overcome High Heaton's Matthew Bishop. The game ebbed and flowed with Bishop starting off well, having leads of 10 - 4 and 12 - 8. Rogan levelled up shortly after this point with the score being 13 all. Rogan then scored a treble to lead 16 - 13 but Bishop scored the next two ends to tie the game up again. However, Rogan was not to be denied and scored 5 shots over the next 3 ends to claim the Under 18 County Singles Championship.

In three of the other games it went down to the last end; in the pairs game of Gren Richardson (PD) against Andy Johnson Snr (BW), the Backworth duo started off really well, winning 8 - 1 and 12 - 6. At this point Richardson hit back with a 6 to draw level and then scored on the next 4 ends to lead 19 - 12. Johnson then scored 7 shots on 3 of the next 4 ends, to only trail 20 - 19. An exchange of singles from each pair meant the Portland duo were 1 up playing the last end. Boyle and Richardson secured the shots and took their place at the national finals. In the other pairs game, which was all Backworth affair, and this like the other pairs game was nip and tuck throughout, with a slender lead for each pair through the match. Going to the final end former champions Brown & Ging held a slender 1 shot advantage. London and Morgan lay shot until Ging's 3rd bowl where Ging moved the jack slightly to their own bowl. Morgan tried to respond but unfortunately could not secure the shot and Ging booked their place in the finals.

In the triples tie St. Georges' Phil Harvey was against Newbiggin's Lee Birch. The lead exchanged through the game, but Newbiggin took a lead over the last third of the game winning 18 - 12. However, Harvey scored a 5, then a double to take a 1 shot lead playing the last end. Newbiggin's Birch scored a double and secured their place at the county and national finals. In the other triples tie - which was an all Gosforth affair of Richard Train playing Chris Yeomans. England International Yeomans took an early advantage and led by 10 at the half way point. Train edged back to only trail 13 - 10, but Yeomans scored a decisive 4 to extend their lead again, and then scored over the next 3 ends to take the victory.

I would like to congratulate all of the players tonight and for those qualfying for the national finals next month.

The semi-final programme will continue at St. Georges' on Saturday - and hope many of you will be coming along to support. Like this evening I hope to continue with live scoring, as tonight this has proved popular (with the number of hits of people accessing tonight).

 

John Harthen

BNMS Hon. Comp Sec.

 

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