Hunmanby ace Phil homes in on victory

FINAL FOUR ... Finalists in the merit competition at Hunmanby BC, on Sunday, were, from left, tea-and-biscuits winner Alan Landers and runner-up Alan Kynaston, with main event winner Phil Todd and runner-up Brian Thompson    Picture: Eddie Burton
FINAL FOUR ... Finalists in the merit competition at Hunmanby BC, on Sunday, were, from left, tea-and-biscuits winner Alan Landers and runner-up Alan Kynaston, with main event winner Phil Todd and runner-up Brian Thompson Picture: Eddie Burton
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FORTY crown green bowlers turned up for Sunday’s singles merit competition at Hunmanby Bowling Club, when three home green players won through to the semi-finals and Phil Todd took first prize.

Play started on a frost hardened green, but as the day progressed the well maintained surface ran freely and allowed the players to show their skills.

In the quarter-finals Hunmanby’s Todd beat Borough’s Mick Gates 21-8, Steve Freer (Hunmanby) beat Colin Rodda (Borough) 21-10, Brian Thompson (Hunmanby) beat Keith Gardham (Hunmanby) 21-15 and Geoff Watson (Whitby) beat Ron Marshall (Dukes Park) 21-12.

Outstanding corner bowling by Thompson saw him beat ex-Champion Watson 21-12 in the semi-finals while, in a well-matched encounter, Todd beat Freer 21-16.

In the final Thompson seemed to go “off the boil” while Todd’s knowledge of the green on shorter marks saw him lead throughout and take the final six ends to progress from 12-10 to a 21-10 victory.

Sixteen early round losers entered a tea-and-biscuits consolation event and in the quarter-finals of this Alan Landers (Whitby) beat Ed McCormack (North Cliff) 21-18, Tim Purcell (Robin Hood’s Bay) beat Peter Van der Gevel (Dukes Park) 21-11, Neil Ledingham (Hunmanby) beat Mick Hill (Eastfield) 21-10 and Alan Kynaston (Hunmanby) beat Sue Green (Whitby) 21-12.

The semi-final stage saw Landers beat Purcell 21-15 while Kynaston beat Ledingham 21-14.

The final started in ding-dong fashion with the players level at 8-8 after six ends, 10-10 after eight ends, and Kynaston enjoying a 12-10 lead after nine ends.

From that stage, however, Landers got into his stride and took the last nine ends to register a 21-12 victory.

Just two opportunities remain for players to gain points towards qualifying for the Champion of Champions playoffs scheduled to be played at Borough BC on March 18: these are the Borough singles on Sunday, February 26, and the North Cliff singles on March 4.

There will also be a non-qualifying drawn pairs merit at Eastfield BC on March 11.