WESTGATE Bowling Club held their first Merit of the 2011 season for the over 60s.

There were 40 entries for this competition and although the weather looked threatening at times, the rain managed to hold off for the day.

Some of the close games in the earlier rounds were Terry Summersgill’s 21-19 victory over Dave Moment, a win for Dennis O’Neill 21-19 against Rita Bland and Leo Graves 21-20 win over Dick Thompson.

Colin Burns beat Pat Germaine 21-19, home bowler Jim Ash won over Jean Roscoe 21-18 as Tommy Donald, another home bowler, lost out to Tony Thornton 19-21.

Through to the quarter finals were Dennis O’Neill, just scraping home with a win over John Lawson from Brid Bay 21-20, only to lose out to Derek Swift in the semi-final 5-21.

Pete Richards also lost out to Swift 12-21. Peter van de Gevel just made it through with a win against fellow Dukes Park club mate Ron Marshall 21-19 and Sue O’Neill over club mate Thornton.

Van de Gevel was the only one out of the three Dukes Park players to make it through to the final.

Swift took the lead in this game and it seemed he was going to coast home with an easy win being 15-9 in front at the 12th end, where the game turned and van de Gevel began to catch up.

At end 20, he was only one behind at 18-19, whereupon, Swift in his usual calm and composed manner scored the last two points necessary to win after 22 ends,

The president of Westgate Bowling Club, Peter Hellawell expressed his thanks, especially to the ladies doing the catering, also to measurers and markers etc before presenting the prizes

THIRTY-six pairs entered the East Yorkshire Doubles Merit played at Westgate Bowling Club on Sunday, June 5.

In the six preliminary rounds, only one game finished with a winning margin of more than three points, such was the keen bowling shown that two games finished 21-20, another two with scores of 21-19 and another with a score of 21-18.

Tommy Chalmers and Derek Swift, both from North Cliff, are normally seen in the closing stages of the competition, however, thanks to Dukes Park’s Dennis O’Neill and Ron Marshall they were among the first to go out of this competition.

The competition progressed very well with the usual high standard of bowling with one or two notably close games.

Alan Landers and Steve Dover, both from Whitby, were narrowly beaten by Hunmanby players Phil Todd and Pete Richards.

Tom Mottram and Dave Wilson triumphed over Dukes Park’s Ken Antcliffe and Harold Hill 21-20 with Ed McCormack paired with Terry Summersgill of North Cliff and Borough losing to Ken and Doreen Hinchliff of Dukes Park 19-21.

Andy Deighton and Chris Bielby had a surprising defeat in the quarter final at the hands of nephew Lee Deighton and Tommy Donald 21-15.

Unfortunately, they suffered at the hands of Kevin Garside and Mick Dawson, both from Eastfield in the quarter final, losing 21-10.

Marshall and O’Neill went out losing 21-9 to Richards and Todd. Jackie Stapleton and Ian Mott, both from Dukes Park were winners againt Mottram and Wilson 21-12, while Dave Lowe and Kevin Gates easily beat Pat Germaine and Dave Boult 21-5.

Richards and Todd coasted into the final winning their game 21-11 against Garside and Dawson, whilst in the other semi final, Stapleton and Mott went out losing to the eventual winners, Gates and Lowe, 21-16.

The final proved to be a fitting end to the competition and must be one of the best seen for a while.

Lowe and Gates always being that one or two points adrift throughout the game. At the 10th end the score was 11-12, where Todd and Richards began to pull away, leading 18-13 at end number 16.

Lowe and Gates then took command and brought the scores level at the 23rd end 19-19. A two at the next end brought them a well deserved win.

President Peter Hellawell then expressed the usual thanks to measurers and markers and especially to the ladies who had worked hard all day providing the refreshments, a very essential part of these competitions.