Borough bowler Bell snaps up British title

Matthew Bell shows off his national trophy
Matthew Bell shows off his national trophy
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Teenager Matthew Bell snapped up the British Parks Junior Merit title at Bridgewater Bowling Club at the weekend.

Borough Bowling Club player Bell, 15, and 63 fellow junior bowlers met at the club in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

From left, Foxton Cup winner Keith Marritt, runner up Ann Holmes, Maltby Ladies Cup winner Jo Gates, runner-up Lynn Gates , Russell Over-65s Cup winner Pete Charter and runner-up Terry Summersgill

From left, Foxton Cup winner Keith Marritt, runner up Ann Holmes, Maltby Ladies Cup winner Jo Gates, runner-up Lynn Gates , Russell Over-65s Cup winner Pete Charter and runner-up Terry Summersgill

Each had to qualify for the eight places in their county and Bell qualified at Thorner.

The Scarborough youngster played juniors from Cumbria, Wirral, Warwickshire, Yorkshire.

His sixth and final game was against last year’s winner and Yorkshire team mate Marc Armitage from Pudsey Littlemoor, with Bell finally winning 21-19 to claim the crown.

It was also Borough BC’s finals night at the weekend, with three cracking showdowns at their Manor Road headquarters.

The first of the finals was the Maltby Ladies Cup, in which the Gates twins, Lynn and Jo, locked horns.

Jo took early control and forged a 10-4 lead but Lynn came roaring back to take a 13-12 advantage.

It was then Jo who steadied the ship with three one-point ends and, after dropping another point, she finished the game off with some quality bowling to run out as the 21-14 winner, reclaiming the trophy in the process.

Next up was the Foxton Cup final showdown with last year’s runner-up Keith Marritt taking on Anne Holmes for the silverware.

It was Holmes who was out of the blocks quickest, running up a 5-0 lead before Marritt found the pace of the green and came back to reverse the position and move 8-5 ahead.

The game then swung back and forth with Holmes moving 17-14 ahead before Marritt once again battled back and looked to be home and dry when he moved 20-17 ahead.

Holmes wasn’t giving up though and came back to 20-19 before a great wood from Marritt finished the game 21-19.

The third and last final was the Russell cup, which saw a clash of the club officials as president Terry Summersgill was pitted against chairman Pete Charter.

This was a very tight affair in the early stages and after eight ends it was 5-4 to Summersgill but then Charter found his length and won the next seven ends to power into a 13-5 lead.

This seemed to spark Summersgill into action, and with some quality bowling he came back to win six ends in a row.

After 25 ends, the game was locked and could have gone either way with Charter ahead at 16-15, but he then put up some fine woods and ran out a 21-15 winner.

Members of South Cliff Bowling Club have been working hard recently to improve their green.

Over the years the backboards and paving stones around the green deteriorated to such an extent that they had to be replaced.

The cost of the work was more than the club could afford even allowing for the £2,000 they raised over the winter.

However Yorventure came to their rescue with a generous grant of £4,000 and work started in June.

The final section of concrete was laid just two days before their recent friendly against the Yorkshire Patrons.

A very inexperienced South Cliff team took to the green in this Red Lea Hotel-sponsored friendly match.

The hosts lost by a margin of only five shots and were competitive on all six rinks.

Another Cliff team full of new members took on a touring team from Chelmsford, in a game sponsored by Asquith & Co, and although the margin of defeat was larger they managed to win two of the five rinks.