DONCASTER BOWLS: Carcroft land top trophy

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LAST season’s runners-up Carcroft A went one better in their second appearance in the Doncaster Bowls Association’s Bufton Cup, beating Denaby Welfare, also making their second appearance in the final, 80-63 at Tickhill.

Carcroft seized the initiative in game two with Lol Atkinson and Mick Corby taking a 4-0 lead before opponents Mick Taylor and Paul Lawrence won the next three ends to go 7-4 ahead.

Two threes and a single saw the Carcroft pair lead 11-7, only for the Denaby duo to score two singles to close to 11-9. But this was as good as it got for Taylor and Lawrence, as Atkinson and Corby won the next seven ends for a 21-9 win.

Things weren’t as bad as it seemed at that point for Denaby, though, as in game one Chris Jones and Martin Scott had always been in front after leading 7-1 after six ends. Opponents Jeff Bourke and Alan Fawley won four of the next five ends, but as they only scored one each time they still trailed 8-5, a score which soon became 11-5 to Denaby, and seven ends later Jones and Scott stood 20-8 up.

Another point would see Denaby leading by one after the first two games, but Bourke and Fawley scored 1-1-2-2-3 to make it 20-17 before their opponents finally got the point they needed, leaving Carcroft eight in front at the half-way stage.

Game three saw Adam Jones and Colin Squires quickly lead 5-0 for Denaby, before a three and a two put Malc Warren and Daryl Lysons level.

The Denaby pair then led 8-5 and 9-8, before the Carcroft players won four ends to lead for the first time at 15-9. Their opponents scored another three to close to 15-12, but with the next five ends being shared - neither pair retaining the jack and only scoring singles - Warren and Lysons led 18-14 scored the three required for a 21-14 win.

Carcroft led by 15 points with only the fourth game on the green, meaning their last pair only needed to score seven to lift the cup.

Ryan Lysons and Phil Stones are arguably Carcroft’s best pairing in recent years, with a success in the Doncaster Doubles competition under their belts, and they led 6-5 at the time the other game was completed, so they were one point away from winning the match. Denaby’s Joe and Bill Walton weren’t giving up without a fight, however, and scored four points in two ends to lead 9-6.

Their task was always going to be too much, though, and at the next end Lysons and Stones scored two to give Carcroft their first Doncaster cup win since 2000. The lead see-sawed before Lysons and Stones scored another pair for a 21-19 win to to round-off a good day for the team.