The 2020 Pairs Championship is coming to a finality with the two semi finals being completed recently. Ian Townsend and Jeff Madden had a huge win over John Perry and Gary Bender leading throughout the 21 ends and eventually winning 44-9.
The two ex-champs showed their class to establish a sound lead early and consolidate over the mid and remaining ends, resulting in a resounding victory.
The other semi was a direct contrast where Col Wotton and Kevin Shorney were up against the much younger Gil Mendosa and Gary Sutherland.
The youngsters jumped out of the boxes early and established a big lead of 11-1 after seven ends.
Shorney fought back over the next 10 ends and with the aid of a five on and number 13, drew level at 14-all.
Sharing the last four ends saw the teams once again level after 21 ends with the game to be decided by an extra end.
The final end created tension and optimism but the older heads prevailed with Shorney and Wotton earning one shot to advance them to the final against Madden and Townsend.
This game will be played over the next week and promises to be a close, entertaining affair. Good luck boys.
Meanwhile the Club Major Singles for 2020 have commenced with the following results.
Dave Robson defeated Paul Crance 31-10
Kerry Clarke defeated Richie Bilby after a marathon 38 ends by 33-29. Bilby led 29-24 prior to Clarke attaining 9 shots in 3 ends to come away with a victory.
Jeff madden defeated Warren Kennedy 32-14.
Al Kenniff defeated Richard Forbes 31-18 leading all the way.
Ian Townsend defeated Joe Banasiak 31-25 over 36 ends. Townsend was on 29 at end 28. Credit to Banasiak making him play 8 more ends to finish off.
Frank Mierczak defeated Col Quince over 35 ends. Quince actually led 3 times during the game. Critically at end 30 and leading 24-20 Quince was unable to maintain his standard and Mierczak collected the remaining ends to coast to victory.
Graham Pitt coming back to form was too strong for Ted Healey winning 31-10.
Pitt was then matched the following day against Ian Birk. A very tight contest ensued with the scores at 11-10 to Pitt on end 12.
End 17, 15-all. Asserting his authority over the next 10 or so ends, Pitt gradually pulled away to score a well earned victory 31 shots to 22 after 29 ends.
Singles matches will continue over the next few weeks with members anxiously awaiting the final stages where some entertaining bowls should be witnessed.
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