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NBBC - New Brighton Queens Royal Complete League & Cup Double

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New Brighton Queens Royal defeated New Brighton Quarry Vikings 'B' team by 3 shots in the Harold Jones Cup Final last night to complete a Division One Double after winning the Divison One League Title on Wednesday. Despite having to give the Vikings a 72 shot start, courtesy of the Handicappers, New Brighton Queens Royal put their worries about having to give away such a start behind them and got on with the job of winning the match. There was some terrific bowling by both sides in what was a really excellent Final but the League Champions showed their undoubted talent and togetherness with a thrilling 3 shot victory  and a winning scoreline of 244-241. Royal's Team Captain, Dave Gilmore was involved from the start leading his side at Number 1 against Vikings Jamie Kearney. This was a fantastic opening game with Jamie taking early 4-0 and 12-08 leads with excellent bowling only to be pulled back by equally excellent bowling by Dave. The scores were tied at 14, 15 and 16 across before Jamie edged into a19-16 lead only for the NBQR Captain to show his years of experience to take the last three ends with a single and two doubles to finally post a winning 21-19 card and set his side on their way to overturning the Handicap. Young Ryan Kearney at number 2 for the Vikings was playing well against the Senior Citizen of the Royal team, Colin Saville, and was level at 10 across before a burst of 8 shots on the trot by Colin saw the him standing 18-10 up. Despite Ryan scoring 5 shots in the last 5 ends, a double and single from the Old Timer saw Colin winning 21-15 after another terrific match. Joe Edwards started off like a house on fire in his match against Paul Partridge being 14 nil up before Paul managed to pull himself back into the match. The early lead did however prove to be too much for Paul to pull back and Joe eventually won 21-14. In game number 4, Viking's young Joe Nugent took an early 8-2 lead against Steve Scott before a magnificent run of 15 shots by Steve saw him forge ahead at 17-08. Joe managed 5 on the run to bring the game back to 13-17 but Steve won the last 3 ends with 2 singles and a double to win 21-13 to give his team a clean sweep winners in the front four and reduce the Handicap by 23 shots. There was another fine match at number 5 with the Vikings George Scott racing into a 7-2 lead against Geoff Lynch only for Geoff to force his way back into the match and take a 14-10 lead before 5 singles on the trot by George took him 15-14 up. That was as good as it got for George however as Geoff powered his way to a 21-14 win with 2 doubles and three singles in the last five ends. Game number 6 between the Vikings Phil Leech and Royal's Paul Saville was nip and tuck at 3 across, 6 across and 9 across before Paul took 5 doubles in the last 8 ends to clinch a 21-12 victory. The New Brighton Quarry Vikings 'B' team Captain, Phil Hale took on the experienced Steve Nugent at number 7 and gave an excellent performance in what would prove to be the Vikings only win of the night. Phil was 5-1, 11-03, and 16-06 up before Steve took 7 of the next 10 points to get back to 13-19. A final double by Phil saw him past the post at 21-13 and give the Vikings a glimmer of hope of protecting their handicap start. Royal's Les Henderson bowled brilliantly at number 8 against Ken Winter to race into a 15-04 lead with 5 doubles before a mini come back by Ken saw him take 7 out of the next 8 points to get the score back to 11-16. Les then forced his way back into the game to finally win the match 21-12. Going into the last four, New Brighton Queens Royal had pulled back 33 shots from the 72 handicap and needed a big push if they were to take the Cup off the 2018 winners. Jimmy Kearney at number 9 for the Vikings was looking to stop Royal from having any chance to reduce the Handicap any further by taking an 11-06 lead against Andy White before Andy's fifth double of the night saw him pull the score back to 11 across before another 2 by Jimmy took him to 13-11 up. A run of 4 doubles in five ends took Andy to a lead of 20-13 with yet another double by Jimmy bringing it back to 15-21. Andy finally took a single in the last end to win an extraordinary match that had 14 doubles in 22 ends. Game number 10 saw another terrific match between Steve Winter and Eddie Dutton. This match saw the scores tied at 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16 and 17 across before 2 doubles in the last 3 ends saw Eddie finally claim victory with a 21-18 win. Anthony Thompson was the next winner for New Brighton Queens Royal when he had the best win of the night in a 21-06 win against the luckless Vic Williams, Buzz had 8 doubles in his victory and this meant that Craig Saville was left on the green against Graham Bunting needing to prevent Graham scoring more than 12 to prevent the Vikings retaining the cup. Craig blitzed the early part of the match to lead 14-01 before 8 points in 9 ends by Graham had Royal nerves jangling again. Craig however sealed his own win and victory for New Brighton Queens Royal with 3 doubles in the last five ends to give his team a final 244-241 winning scoreline. Association Chairman, Mike Costall thanked Hoylake Central & Melrose Bowling Club and their members for being excellent hosts on the evening and thanked Ricky Keeley for Refereeing the match. He thanked both sets of players for providing such an entertaing evenings bowling and thanked all the markers for their efforts during the evening. He thanked the work done by the Association President and Competition Secretary, Keith Etches for running all our competitions. He also thanked Tommy Walker for his work as MC on the night. Mike thanked Sue Nugent for conducting our Raffle during the evening raising £54-46 pence on the night for the Association.He congratulated New Brighton Queens Royal on their magnificent performance in winning the Cup and commiserated with the New Brighton Quarry Vikings 'B' team on their defeat. Mike did say that despite criticism about the Handicap for this match, in the end he thought that the Handicap Committee had got it right. The Harold Jones Cup was then presented to New Brighton Queens Royal Captain, Dave Gilmore who thanked Hoylake Central & Melrose for their hospitality and the New Brighton Quarry Vikings 'B' team for their efforts on the night. Dave praised his team for their display in winning the Cup despite the Handicap they had to overcome on the night.



courtesy of Wallasey Crown Green Bowling Association

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