Bowls: Pairs final brings down curtain on the winter season

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This Sunday hails the end of the winter outdoor season for many as the Potternewton Winter Pairs draws to a close. At the same time, the BCGBA World Club Championship gets under way – hailing the start of another summer campaign.

The BCGBA World Club Championship is held over five Sundays at Irlam Steel in Manchester.

There are eight teams playing across two greens on four qualifying dates, before a final day on April 21. Tonge are one of the clubs in the hunt this weekend, with Yorkshire’s interest kicking in as Canalside play on March 31 before Thongsbridge enter the competition on April 7.

The Potternewton Park Winter Pairs, which tends to attract 40 or more bowlers from our region most Sundays through the winter, will play down to a winning pair this weekend.

The top 16 pairs have been fairly consistent over the past 20 weeks of qualifying, with not one failing to pick up a group win along the way.

The autumn was dominated by the pairing of Hill and Holmes, who won their group in six of the first eight weekends.

They finished the campaign on 116 points, eight clear of Bird and Kane. Last year’s champions, Howard and Porter, finished third, with Hall and Oddy and Green and Simpson making up the top five.

Big finishers to the season were the Wood family pairing of Neil senior and junior as they closed out the qualifying period with four wins on the trot.

The final gets under way from 9.30am, with the field playing down to the final two for a share of the £1,100 prize pot.

There was a hugely-competitive weekend of bowls at Spen Victoria last weekend, as two competitions – Friday and Saturday – with 100-plus entrants (though a number did play both days) played down to a winner on the same day.

The Friday event was won by Ashley Tattersley. Tattersley beat Robert Hitchen 21-11 after defeating Pudsey’s Paul Bowes in his semi, whilst Hitchen saw off the challenge of Debbie Farmer.

On Saturday, Chris Mordue beat Tattersley 21-16 in the quarter-final – a game that could have been against son Josh, who lost to Tattersley in the previous round.

Mordue beat Mark Farmer in his semi-final clash, before defeating Kez Smith 21-19 in the final.

The other semi-finalist was Ian Booth, who came through the preliminary round before eventually losing his fifth game of the day.

There will be a Leeds & District delegates meeting at Holbeck WMC from 7.30pm next Monday.

Delegates are advised to prepare for a possible cold night at the venue due to a lack of heating.

Please note that the increased lifetime player registration fee of £10 will start from this meeting; with replacement cards available for £3.