Woodlands lose grip on Hospital Cup

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MALTBY Bowling Club added Doncaster Bowls Association’s Hospital Cup to this season’s Brooke Farm Handicap, and at the same time as avenging their defeat in last season’s final, when defeating holders Woodlands Park.

With arguably the current two best teams in the Doncaster League on show, including several former and current county bowlers, a close contest was expected.

But Maltby’s Ross Meese had obviously not read the script. After losing the first two ends against opponent Barry Connolly, he went on to win 21-7.

Woodlands Park’s Brian Barrass has an unenviable record of never winning in a Doncaster cup final, belying his undoubted ability.

But he ran Jonathan Sneddon close, leading 18-16, before going down 21-19.

Simon Dinnie (Woodlands) won the first four ends for a 6-0 lead, but Rob Swift rallied to win 21-17 to secure his side a 20-point lead after three games.

Woodlands needed a victory and Malcolm Fox gave them one, finishing strongly to beat Tommy Fletcher 21-12 to cut Maltby’s lead to 75-64 at the half-way stage.

In game five, Andrew Jones (Woodlands) led 17-11 at one stage against Lee Davies, only to end up losing 21-19 in another epic game of 33 ends.

Good friends Graham Fox (Woodlands) and Darren Stevenson contested game six. Fox led 5-0 and later 12-9 before Stevenson surged into an 18-14 lead, But Fox, a veteran of many finals with Bentley Colliery, used his experience to claim a 21-19 win which narrowed the match aggregate to just seven points.

Dave Patrickson junior played like a man on a mission for Woodlands, winning the first five ends and leading 11-3 after eleven. Opponent Keith Hampson stopped the rot with a couple of singles and closed to 8-13 down before Patrickson went away again to 18-8 on his way to a 21-13 win which put his side ahead by a point.

The last game saw Woodlands captain Tom Boyd, who led Chris Bytheway 12-11 at one stage, lose out 21-13 as Malby lifted the trophy for the first time with seven points to spare