BOROUGH Bowling Club’s president Mick Gates was in devastating form on Sunday when his club played host to the Champion of Champions play-offs - and he finished as the champion for the second time.
Adding to his delight was the fact that the trophy, presented at the close by Scarborough and District CGBA president Robert Child, is one donated by his son, Kevin Gates.
Sixteen qualifiers from merit competitions played throughout the winter months took part in the playoffs in fine weather but on a patchy surface.
As usual the competition was run by Whitby BC’s Geoff Watson, assisted by Borough’s Terry Summersgill.
In the quarter-finals David Lowe (Dukes Park) beat Kevin Gates (Whitby) 21-17, Mick Gates beat Danny Cooper (North Cliff) 21-15, Derrick Swift (North Cliff) beat Kenny Wale (Whitby) 21-12 and Ian Hadden (Borough) beat Alan Landers (Whitby) 21-18.
Home green knowledge helped Mick Gates to a 21-18 success in his semi-final against Lowe, while Hadden, in cracking form, beat Swift 21-14.
The final saw Gates and Hadden level 4-4 after six ends before Gates claimed the next six ends to lead 12-4.
Despite some excellent deliveries by Hadden, Gates took seven of the last 10 ends for a well deserved 21-9 victory.
To lengthen the day’s play and give sport to those who had not qualified for the play-offs, a tea-and-biscuits event was held and attracted 17 entries. At the quarter-finals stage Robert Child (North Cliff) beat Steve Dover (Whitby) 21-12, Keith Gardam (Hunmanby) beat Sue Emerson (Whitby) 21-5, Sue Green (Robin Hood’s Bay) beat Terry Summersgill (Borough) 21-8 and David Bould (North Cliff) beat Ray Leeman (Whitby) 21-18.
Child beat Gardam 21-16 in the semis while Bould beat Green 21-11. The final started in ding-dong fashion with the players 4-4 after six ends, 6-6 after nine ends, and 8-8 after 11 ends, before Child ran into form to take 10 of the next 11 ends for a convincing 21-10 success.
On Sunday, to kick off the summer season, Borough BC will stage the Whitby drawn triples competition, with a 9.30am start, and Eastfield BC will hold its drawn pairs merit, also 9.30am start, on Sunday April 1.
The last of the Friday afternoon open social bowling sessions at Hunmanby BC will be held next week, but the Eastfield BC Wednesday afternoon sessions are expected to continue up to April 18.