parks merit final

Winner Derek Ellis of Hillsborough
Winner Derek Ellis of Hillsborough
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Seventy-five- year-old Derek Ellis showed the younger bowlers that age is no barrier to success when he lifted the South Yorkshire County Parks Merit title.

He hammered Chris Fowler 21-3 in a one-sided final at Hillsborough Park.

Try as he could Chris had no answer to Derek’s consistently excellent leading bowls.

Derek collected the first prize of £150, with Chris collecting slightly more than £33 per point as runner-up.

The prize fund was boosted tremendously by the generous sponsorship of the past association secretary Glenis Ross, with youngsters Mark Richardson and Aaron Williams both receiving £50 for their semi-final defeats, 13-21 and 19-21 to Derek and Chris respectively.

Quarter-final scores: Mark Richardson 21 James Higgins 20, Derek Ellis 21 Mick Crawshaw 15, Chris Fowler 21 Peter Worfolk 12, Aaron Williams 21 Chris Hill 8.

Peter Worfolk will be disappointed with his performance in the quarter-finals but it does qualify him with the other seven bowlers to reach that stage of this competition to play in the British finals at New Brighton on the Wirral in August, where he will be attempting to win the British title for the third time.