Bird swoops on double

131161b  Scarborough bowls star Jack Bird, 16, on winning county form, pictured with his dad, Adrian, and his Yorkshire under-25s and singles trophies, at Scarborough Bowls Centre.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    15/03/2013
131161b Scarborough bowls star Jack Bird, 16, on winning county form, pictured with his dad, Adrian, and his Yorkshire under-25s and singles trophies, at Scarborough Bowls Centre. Photo by Andrew Higgins 15/03/2013
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Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club teenager Jack Bird has scooped a very impressive championship double.

The teenager has become the first player to win both the Yorkshire County Men’s Under-25s Singles Championship and the Yorkshire Men’s Singles Championship in the same year.

At just 16 years of age he is the youngest player ever to have won either title and is the first man from Scarborough to win a county title.

Success is nothing new to Jack. Having joined the SIBC when only six, he has won all the competitions for members of the under-18s section. He is the club’s men’s singles champ and has been a regular member of the men’s teams in club and county competitions.

In January he competed in the national men’s Under-25s championships at Bristol. He lost in the quarter-finals 2-1 to the eventual champion, Ashley Clipston, of Alfreton BC, Derbyshire, but had the satisfaction of being the only competitor to have won a set against the champion.

Jack’s latest successes - the two county titles - came at New Earswick IBC. He beat Mark Hughes (Featherstone) 2-0 for the U25s title and beat Nick Scott (Ryedale) 21-11 for the men’s title.

The SIBC Easter Tournament will be held on Saturday March 30.

This is an open triples event with four one-hour games. Entry fees are £2.50 for full members, £5 for associate members and £7.50 for non-members. Closing date for entries is Wednesday March 27.