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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Cumbria stars home in on national titles

THE National competitions are approaching the final stages in the area and there have been a number of important ties played in the last week.

In the pairs, Trevor Taylor and Ian Gallagher were engaged in an excellent struggle with Ray Gall and Martin Rice for a place in the semi-final.

The latter pair made the better start but, in the last quarter of the game, it was Taylor and Gallagher who came out on top and 12 shots to three in the last six ends saw them score a 23-17 victory.

In the Singles, Eddie Murray also reached the semi-final when scoring a comfortable win over Chris Horsfield.

In the Senior Pairs both semi-finals were completed. Jim Morris and Alan Carruthers met Ian Graham and David Taylor and the former pair who qualified last year again made it through to the final.

The two pairs were all square at halfway but last years winners picked up five shots in the next three ends and this proved to be the decisive point in their 20-16 victory.

In the other semi-final, Eddie McGarr and Bill Bryce faced Geordie McCulloch and Sandy Kirkpatrick who were in sparkling form and always held the upper- hand on their way to taking the game 23-13.

There were also three finals completed in the last week.

In the Senior Fours Tom Linton, Ian Graham, Ron Gass and John Bell looked all set for a comfortable win when taking a 22-13 lead with just five to play.

But Anthony Little picked up the next three ends, and scored nine shots in the process, to pull the game back to all square with two to play.

Bell marshalled his quartet however and they stopped the rot and picked up two singles to earn themselves a trip to Northampton.

In the Mixed Fours the result was much more clear cut with Linda Rose, Karen Edmondson, David McManus and Ian Gallagher outplaying Dennis Devlin’s four to earn themselves a place in the national finals.

In the Senior Triples between Robin Thorburn, Ron McMath and Rick Gallagher who faced David McManus there was never a lot between the two trios but Gallagher always looked the likely winner and he was although by only four shots in the end.

Team Competitions

It is hoped that last weeks postponed Yetton game can be played today at Darlington when Cumbria IBC will face York IBC.

This will be a tough match but hopefully one which Cumbria will be able to win.

Similarly, Cumbria IBC’s Senior Double Rink will be hoping that they too can record a win at Darlington when they meet Featherstone tomorrow.

Hopefully, the wintry conditions will have relented enough to allow the teams to travel to Darlington to get these games completed.

Cumbria’s Senior County side will be in action next Thursday when Durham provide the opposition in the last group game. Durham need all 26 points from the game to deny Cumbria and it will be a major surprise if Cumbria do not have a semi-final place next Thursday evening.

It is anticipated that the team will be very much as the one chosen for last week’ postponed game though Tom Linton is not available but Bob Au is back from holiday and seems likely to come back into the side with possibly some reshuffling of the rinks required.

Fitz Park Bowls Club

Like a number of other clubs in Cumbria the Keswick Club did suffer some damage in the November floods but the extent of that damage has now been found to be much worse than was originally anticipated and the future of its club house is rather uncertain.

As though that is not bad enough members have had to contend with vandalism during the past weeks and whilst most valuables have been removed any member with equipment still in the club should remove it as soon as possible.

Outdoor Competitions

Outdoor bowls is still several months and many degrees in temperature away but the entries for the outdoor competitions are encouraging in that the numbers in the majority are up albeit only slightly.

Joe Strong

On the outdoor scene Cumbria Bowling Association and Caldbeck Bowls Club both lost a true servant with the death of Joe Strong last week.

Joe had been a lifelong member of Caldbeck and was made a Life Member of the County Association for his services to bowls in Cumbria.

Though his days as a player were some way past he retained a great interest in the game and was often seen at his club on tournament days.

Weekend Programme

Saturday 10.00am: R Graham v N Karge Fours; S Farish v R McMath Triples

Saturday 12.00: R Gall v J Crozier Senior Singles

Sunday 10.00am: R Gallagher v A Little Triples; D May v J Walker Triples; R Chandler v S Farish Triples.

Sunday 2.00pm: R Graham v P Campbell Triples; D McManus v A Little Senior Singles

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