Lowe beats home ace Todd at Hunmanby

FINAL FOUR ... Hunmanby singles merit runner-up Phil Todd, left, with winner David Lowe, consolation event winner Jenny Richards and runner-up Harry Old Picture: Eddie Burton
FINAL FOUR ... Hunmanby singles merit runner-up Phil Todd, left, with winner David Lowe, consolation event winner Jenny Richards and runner-up Harry Old Picture: Eddie Burton

HUNMANBY BC’s Phil Todd battled through five games to reach the final - where he was beaten by Dukes Park’s David Lowe - in the first of the new series of winter merit competitions, on Sunday.

Fifty two players took part in the competition on a pushy green in dry but overcast conditions.

In the quarter-finals Lowe beat Ralph Gill (Dukes Park) 21-11, Eastfield’s Ian Hadden beat Steve Dover (Whitby) 21-11, Pete Richards (Hunmanby) beat Frank Povey (Hunmanby) 21-15 and Todd beat Russell Hipgrave (Dukes Park) 21-14.

Lowe beat Hadden 21-13 in the semi-finals while Todd beat Richards 21-19.

With five start on the cards, Lowe raced ahead to 17-6 after 11 ends before Todd staged a comeback to 17-13.

Lowe then won three of the next five ends to claim a 21-15 victory.

An 11-up consolation “tea and biscuits” competition for early losers in the main event attracted 24 players and saw quarter-final successes for Harry Old (Hunmanby), who beat Terry Summersgill (Borough) 11-9, Alan Landers (Whitby), who beat Bob Walker (Borough) 11-2, Sue Green (Robin Hood‘s Bay), who beat Tommy Donald (Westgate) 11-7, and Jenny Richards (Hunmanby), who beat Ray Wardill (Dukes Park) 11-8.

In the semis Old beat Landers 21-16 while Richards beat Green 21-20. Richards kept her nerve in the final to gain another 21-20 success against Old.

Competition organiser Geoff Watson (Whitby) presented the awards and expressed thanks to all who had contributed to an enjoyable day’s bowling.

Eastfield BC will stage a singles merit competition on Sunday, 9am start, with another singles event at North Cliff on Sunday October 23.