Lowe claims Champion of Champions trophy

David Lowe (right)

David Lowe (right)

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Two of the top local crown green bowlers battled out a thrilling 2014/15 Champion of Champions final at North Cliff, on Sunday, with Dukes Park’s David Lowe again grabbing the title.

Receipt of the trophy was a fitting testament to the Bridlington man’s concentration as in his first game of the day, he battled back from 20-5 in arrears against Borough’s formidable Mick Gates, to win 21-20.

Sixteen players had qualified for the finals play-offs as a result of their performances in the singles merit competitions held throughout the winter months.

The opening round saw Gary Puleston (Dukes Park) beat Steve Dover (Whitby) 21-9, Phil Todd (Hunmanby) beat Kenny Wale (Whitby) 21-12, Ray Leeman (Whitby) beat Kevin Garside (Hunmanby) 21-20, Tim Purcell (Robin Hood’s Bay) beat Robert Child (North Cliff) 21-7, Geoff Watson (Whitby) beat Dave Clark (Dukes Park) 21-15, Dave Moment (North Cliff) beat Barry Watson (Borough) 21-9, Lowe (Dukes Park) beat Gates (Borough) 21-20 and Alan Landers (Whitby) beat Ian Hadden (Borough) 21-14.

At the quarter-finals stage Puleston progressed with a 21-19 defeat of Todd, while Leeman went through 21-14 against Purcell, Watson 21-15 against Moment and Lowe 21-20 against Landers.

Semi-finals action brought success for Puleston, 21-4 against Leeman, and for Lowe, 21-16 against Watson.

Having sneaked through two games 21-20, Lowe got into his stride early in the final to establish a good lead before Puleston got hold of the jack to make a fight back.

From that point it became a ding-dong battle with Puleston adopting a long-corners approach while Lowe preferred shorter marks.

The latter paid off as Lowe eventually became a worthy champion with a 21-15 victory.