Trophy triumph as Craig and Hannah make up for last year

Glory day: Craig rumney and Hannah Brown
Glory day: Craig rumney and Hannah Brown

LAST year’s runners-up, Craig Rumney and Hannah Brown of Pilkingtons Recreation, went one better this year to win the Doncaster Bowls Association’s Allan Haries Memorial Trophy at Brodsworth.

Their victory in the competition, for pairings consisting of one bowler over the age of 18 and one aged under 18, added to the Mixed Doubles title they won last season.

Rumney and Brown cruised through their first three games, conceding only 18 points, before coming up against father and son Andy and Adam Jones in the final.

Jones senior plays for Woodlands Park, while Adam has this season returned to his first club Denaby Welfare.

They had also had a comfortable win in their semi-final, so the final was too close to call.

The Jones pairing won three of the first four ends to lead 5-1. They moved to 10-3 and 16-4 five ends later, and it looked like another heavy defeat in the final for the Pilkingtons pair.

But a three at the next end stopped the rot, and although their opponents scored a two to lead 18-7, it was Rumney and Brown who now took control.

They are regular partners in the Doncaster Doubles League Division 1, and it showed as they won five ends without reply to close to 18-16 down, and despite losing the next end, they scored four more points to lead for the first time in the game, 20-19.

The Jones pair scored a single to level at 20-all, but it was Rumney and Brown who scored the decisive point for a 21-20 win which saw Rumney become only the second player to win this competition as both a junior and a senior.

Results (junior players named first) - First Round: Luke Carrington/John Burton (Carcroft WMC) 21 Aaron Stokes/Adam Morgan (Westfield Park/Woodlands Park) 6, Jake Meehan/Simon Hallas (Armthorpe Welfare) 21 Morgan Rumney/Dave Smith (Pilkingtons Recreation) 14, Natasha Jackson/Craig Bamford (Yorkshire Main/Hexthorpe Flatts) 8 Chloe Carrington/Phil Stones (Carcroft WMC) 21, Hannah Brown/Craig Rumney (Pilkingtons Recreation) 21 Liam O’Brien/Brian Cuffling (Parklands) 10, Jefferson Hall-Nolan/Richard Nolan (Thorne Colliery) 16 Jade Davidson/Tony Rumney (Pilkingtons Recreation) 21, Lewis Trainer/Thomas Colclough (Carcroft WMC) 2 Tyler Lysons/Ryan Lysons (Carcroft WMC) 21, Bailey Rumney/Kelley Rumney (Pilkingtons Rec) 9 Calum O’Brien/Eamon Costello (Parklands) 21. Quarter-finals: Carrington/Burton 18 Meehan/Hallas 21, Carrington/Stones 4 Brown/Rumney 21, Davidson/Rumney 11 Lysons/Lysons 21, O’Brien/Costello 14 Adam Jones/Andy Jones (Denaby Welfare/Woodlands Park) 21.

Semi-finals: Meehan/Hallas 4 Brown/Rumney 21, Lysons/Lysons 5, Jones/Jones 21. Final: Brown/Rumney 21 Jones/Jones 20.