Final joy for Richardson in Merit

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ARMTHORPE’S John Richardson won Doncaster Bowls Association’s Gentlemen’s Merit for the second time, beating first time finalist Steve Shannon (Unison) in the final at Denaby.

Richardson, last year’s runner-up, had easy wins in his first two games before a slightly harder semi-final, while Shannon was made to fight all the way in his three games.

Richardson took an early 6-1 lead in the final, before his opponent closed to 6-5. The Armthorpe man then went 9-5 ahead, only for Shannon to level at 9-9. Richardson then used his experience to forge ahead 18-11, and despite a brief rally from Shannon, Richardson finished a 21-14 winner.

Results - first round: Craig Bamford (Hexthorpe Flatts) 14 Darren Stevenson (Maltby Bowling Club) 21, Richard Brelsford (Westfield Park) 21 Mick O’Brien (Armthorpe Welfare) 16, Steve Shannon (Unison) 21 Shawn Laycock (Woodlands Park) 16, Phil Rees (Yorkshire Main) 21 Eamon Costello (Parklands) 14, Matthew Holmes (Yorkshire Main) 21 Brian Greaves (Thorne Colliery) 10, John Richardson (Armthorpe Welfare) 21 Tony Francis (Westfield Park) 5, Paddy Moyles (Bawtry) 6 Alan Broughton (Parklands) 21, Ted Owens (Bawtry) 21 Alan Bell (Brodsworth Welfare) 11.

Quarter-finals: Darren Stevenson 21 Richard Brelsford 11, Steve Shannon 21 Phil Rees 19, Matthew Holmes 6 John Richardson 21, Alan Broughton 15 Ted Owens 21.

Semi-finals: Darren Stevenson 17 Steve Shannon 21, John Richardson 21 Ted Owens 14. Final: Steve Shannon 14 John Richardson 21.

Alan Marrison won 21-9 for Bawtry in their 137-128 Midweek League Division Three victory at Yorkshire Main B, for whom Martin Bowley won by the same score.

Ralph Parkin (21-8) and George Brackenbury (21-7) were bes for Bawtry B in their 168-110 Division Four victory over Westfield Park B.

Bentley Colliery’s clean sweep of winners in their 168-85 rout of Harvesters included Ron Strutt (21-5), Doug Baxter (21-6) and Jim Stocks (21-9).

Ron Strutt finished on the losing side despite winning 21-7 for Bentley Colliery as Peter Bilsland (21-3) and Ryan Batho (21-9) won the match (148-122) for Pilkingtons Rec C.

Andy Pinder (21-8) and a first win for John Rix (21-16) were the only bright spots for Westfield Park B as Norman Clowes (21-7) helped Pilkingtons Rec D to a 159-119 win. Parklands B beat Division Five visitors Rossington B 143-139.

Joan Gabbitus (21-5) won the match (134-131) for Parklands B, although last man Vic Heley (21-3) made a valiant effort for Rossington B.