Bowls: Jeffers survives first-game scare to tie up merit treble

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Ira Jeffers beat Matthew Turner 21-15 to secure the Leeds and District Leeds Merit title at Bramley Park, last Sunday.

The win was Jeffers’ third merit title of the season, adding to his Syd Harrison individual title back in July, as well as the Marsden Pairs title he won with Jonathan Schofield back in June.

The tale could have been so different, had Warren Wilson not lost the momentum he held in Jeffers’ first game of the day.

Wilson bounded out to a 10-4, then 16-7 lead before the eventual champion rallied.

Not only did he scoop the next nine shots unanswered, but Jeffers restricted his opponent to just one more shot en route to a 21-7 win.

His quarter-final was an easier affair, as Jeffers led Mick Rennison 19-5, before closing the game out 21-10.

In the other half of the draw, Turner survived another close opening game, beating Paul King, 21-19.

Like Jeffers, Turner was down on the game – 19-15 in this case – before he went on a run of six shots to move through to the next round where he beat Darran Cookson to nine.

His quarter-final was against the much-fancied Kieran Smith.

Although many would have viewed this as the toughest game of the day, it actually saw Turner move away on to lead both 12-5 and 17-10; eventually winning 21-12.

The two semi-finals were comfortable enough for the finalists, with Jeffers seeing off Ian Howard to 11.

Turner won his game against Stuart Thompson to 14.

And so to the final where Jeffers got off to a flier to lead 6-0.

Turner pulled it back to 8-6 down, but the tie was soon drifting away from him.

Jeffers got out to 17-8 and could even endure a fight back (17-14) from Turner, before taking the title 21-15.

The committee would like to thank Bramley Park for hosting the event.

There has been a recent change to the diary for the remaining Leeds and District Merit event this summer.

The ABA Mixed Pairs scheduled for Middleton Park on September 1 will now be played at Burley Park on September 15.

Mark Hughes won the Whitkirk BC Open final, beating Sheffield’s Andy Mailer 21-10.

Hughes beat Allan Thompson (Mirfield Old Bank) and Liam Griffin (Pudsey BC) to reach the final.

Mailer beat Gary Foulkes (Ossett Flying Horse) and Kieran Smith (Crossgates) to secure his place in the final two.

The Yorkshire Ladies narrowly lost out to Shropshire, 442-432 in the semi-final of the ladies senior county competition.

The home side won by six shots, but the away team went down by 16.

The side will now be looking to go one better in the Waterloo Cup, the event the lost the final of last year.

The latest qualifiers in the Brighouse Classic sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill (Chartered Accountants) are Lee Heaton (Preston) and Steve Davies (Liverpool).