Crowther retains Flowfit Ludlow and District Bowls League Veterans' title

Ludlow Advertiser: Roy Crowther (far right) with runner-up Mike Weston (left) and league chairman Lillian Payne. Roy Crowther (far right) with runner-up Mike Weston (left) and league chairman Lillian Payne.

BURWAY’S Roy Crowther has retained the Flowfit Ludlow and District Bowls League Veterans title at Clungunford Bowling Club.

Crowther tasted success for the second year in a row after defeating Corve’s Mike Weston 21-11 in a repeat of the previous season’s final.

League chairman Lillian Payne presented the trophy afterwards to the victorious Crowther and, on behalf of the league, thanked everyone from Clungunford Bowling Club for all their help in hosting the competition.

She also praised all those who took part in the competition, helped mark cards and tape the games.

A field of 16 took part in the second running of the competition and the host club provided many entrants but only two reached the quarter-final stage.

Defending champion Crowther overcame Clungunford's Keith Rudd 21-4 in the first semi-final.

Due to being a home bowler, Rudd had to start on -2 and soon found himself 13-0 down as Crowther came out all guns blazing. Rudd got a few shots back but Crowther was too strong.

Weston took on Bromfield's Gerry Haynes in the second semi-final and the game started evenly as it went to 4-4.

However, Weston hit five twos on the bounce to lead 14-4. Haynes pulled it back to 15-6 but Weston then ran out to win comfortably 21-6.

In a repeat of the 2013 final, Weston started strongly and led 6-3 before Crowther hit his stride in the next four ends to lead 11-6.

Weston tried to keep it close and was trailing 15-11 before Crowther ran out to win 21-11 and to deservedly clinch the crown.

Results, Final: Roy Crowther 21 Mike Weston 11.

Semi-finals: Roy Crowther 21 Keith Rudd 4, Mike Weston 21 Gerry Haynes 6.

Quarter-finals: Roy Crowther 21 Jean Rudd 7, Keith Rudd 21 Mal Batham 17, Mike Weston 21 Ken Willis 9, Gerry Haynes 21 Tony Partridge 20.

First round: First Round: Jean Rudd 21 Ernie Clarke 14, Roy Crowther 21 Tony Cowdale 10, Mal Batham 21 Danny Tantrum 13, Keith Rudd 21 Margaret Harris 19, Ken Willis 21 Daphne Tantrum 7, Mike Weston 21 Andrew Morton 19, Tony Partridge 21 Denise Partridge 8, Gerry Haynes 21 Eileen Huffer 14.

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