Finals day at Alexandra bowls club

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With the league season has finished, attention turned to the finals of Bridlington Alexandra club competitions at the greens off South Marine Drive.

The first final to be played was the Erskine Pairs between Trevor Shackleton and John Prosser against the husband-and-wife team of Linda and Tony James. Shackleton and Prosser went into an early lead but were soon overhauled and after eight ends, the James team took the lead.

But the match was evenly poised, 14-12 after 15 ends and after a match lasting nearly three hours, this was a lead which the James held on to win 18-16 at the finish.

The next final was for the Arthur Porter Trophy, a drawn triples competition for a new trophy presented to the club by Diane Wilson in memory of her father who was a founder member of the club.

The competition consisted of playing the best of three sets of six ends each. The team of Derek Boyland, Trevor Shackleton and skip Jim Braidwood lined up against Linda James, Lynne Mitchell and skip Clive Turner.

In the first set, Boyland, Shackleton and Braidwood won the jack and held on to it throughout the set winning 7-0. In the second set, it was a much more even contest, 4-3 after four ends and on the fifth, the team of James, Mitchell and Turner looked to be winning the set with four bowls close to the jack until the opposing skip Jim Braidwood carried the jack to friendly bowls and took the end.

Boyland, Shackleton and Braidwood ran out winners 6-4, and won the match in two sets.

After a break, three singles finals were played. For the Bonner Cup Ladies singles, first to 21 points, Linda James played against Angela Garman. Garman went into a 6-2 lead after five ends and was 15-9 up after 15 ends.

But Linda James did not allow her opponent any leeway and drew level at 17-all after 20 ends. And she finished the match as winner with a three and a single on the last two ends.

The Founders Cup final was between John Prosser, last year’s winner, and Alan Robertson, the club chairman. Both players started evenly with the score 6-6 after seven ends.

Then, with a three and a four, Prosser was ahead 13-6 and this was a lead which he held on to, running out the winner 21-13 after 20 ends.

The Robinson Cup final was played between Jim Braidwood and club captain Tony James. This was an extremely close encounter with scores at 6-5 to Braidwood after nine ends, 11-9 to James after 15 ends and 12-all after 18 ends.

Braidwood was 19-16 up at the 25th end and only needed two points to win the cup. But James came in with a three and a two to take the match 21-19.