DONCASTER BOWLS: Adwick B romp home in final

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ADWICK St Lawrence B regained the Eric Warren Trophy, they last won in 2010, by beating holders Yorkshire Main B in this year’s final.

A four point difference in handicaps, plus Yorkshire Main’s eight-point penalty as last year’s winners, meant that Adwick were already 12 points to the good before a bowl was played.

Club secretary Carol Raven was first on the green for Adwick, beating Main’s Bob Jackson 21-11 to extend their lead to 22 points.

Hazel Ruddock raced into an early 8-0 lead before Michelle Bowley scored two pairs of her own.

This gave Bowley the momentum and was only one point down at 16-15, but Ruddock held on to win 21-18.

Yorkshire Main’s junior county player Adam Dawson looked set to beat Mick Brooks and give his side their first win only for Brooks to win the last three ends to claim a 21-20 victory.

In the final game of the first half, Adwick’s Bill Fletcher quickly established a 10-2 lead against opponent Joe Dixon and won 21-18 to give Adwick a 134-105 lead at the halfway point.

Bill’s wife Irene was at number five for Adwick, and she was equally impressive posting a 21-11 win over Frank Glover to virtually seal victory for her team.

Game six saw Adwick’s Tommy Wheeldon playing his first game of the season, and Yorkshire Main’s Martin Bowley seized the initiative to lead 5-1. But Wheeldon wasn’t lying down, and won five ends for a 9-5 lead before Bowley got back to 9-8. Wheeldon then won another six ends to stand 17-8, and it was Bowley’s turn to fight back, scoring five without reply to close to 17-13. Wheeldon reached 20 with a single and a pair, and although Bowley scored three more, Adwick had their sixth winner out of six as Wheeldon completed a 21-16 win.

Adwick, now 44 points in front, could not be beaten, and the trophy was theirs.

There were still two games to be completed, though, and Yorkshire Main at least avoided becoming the first team to be whitewashed in the final.

Game Seven saw Natasha Jackson, another junior county player, trail Maurice Mortlock 5-0 before turning on the style to lead on 18-11 on her way to a 21-16 win.

In the final game, Yorkshire Main’s George Boothman was hoping for a repeat of his 21-2 win in last year’s final, and indeed after ten ends he lead 11-2.

But Alvin Langham put a spoke in Boothman’s plans for another single figure win as he won seven ends in a row to level the game at 11-11.

Six ends later and Langham was now leading 16-14, but Boothman held his nerve to claim a 21-19 win.