Gates heads the field as area’s top bowlers battle for Boyes Cup

Mick Gates, Peter Thompson and Barry Gosling.
Mick Gates, Peter Thompson and Barry Gosling.

The Boyes Cup is an amazing trophy, and only comes out of a secure holding once a year to be competed for by the nine bowling clubs in the Scarborough and District Association.

Borough BC’s Mick Gates beat clubmate Barry Gosling to grab the glory at Sunday’s Boyes Cup competition at Dukes Park.

Thirty-six players headed to Bridlington to compete for the trophy, which has been played for since 1923.

There were no real surprises in the early rounds, however last year’s winner Russell Hipgrave from Dukes Park retired injured during his first round game.

In the quarter-finals, Gates beat Whitby’s Geoff Watson, another favourite to lift the trophy 21-19, Ian Richardson (Whitby) saw off Graham Walker (Westgate) 21-19, Barry Gosling (Borough) beat David Wicks (Eastfield) 21-10 and Lee Deighton (North Cliff) defeated another home favourite Dennis O’Neill 21-10.

In the semi-finals Gates beat Richardson comfortably 21-8 while the other semi final threw up a sting in the tail for Deighton, who at one point was leading 17-6, however Gosling had other ideas and came back to win 21-19.

The final, played in glorious sunshine between the two club mates, didn’t live up to earlier round games and Gates won through 21-6, having won the trophy before in 2008.

Association president Peter Thompson presented the Boyes Cup to Gates for photographs and then handed him a replica to keep for the year.