Addinall shows his class as he cruises to fifth WP singles title
SHAUN ADDINALL claimed a record equalling fifth Western Province Masters singles title when he beat Peter Harvey 21-11 at Atlantic Green Point.
And it will be only a matter of time before he owns the record he now shares with former Protea legend Neil Burkett, the latter now playing his bowls in Australia.
Addinall’s brilliance on the greens makes him arguably the finest bowler to come out of the Cape.
And he’s widely regarded today as the finest four-bowl bowler in South Africa.
His elegance, the smoothness of delivery and unwavering desire to be the best sets him apart from the rest.
Watching the solidly built, softly-spoken master going about his business is pure poetry. He epitomises all the traits of a real champion, truly an asset to the sport.
For a big man, it blows you away to see him in full flight in delivery, the way he gets down on the mat and then fully stretches forward as he delivers another telling delivery.
You have to feel for his opponents because he has the class to make even the good look average. No moans, no fuss like some of our seasoned campaigners, just a deter mined individual always at the ready to play unbelievable bowls.
Harvey is no slouch having won two WP singles titles, but he was never able to stamp himself in the final as he was never allowed to. Addinall nails the jack at will and puts huge pressure on you.
Even if you are applying pressure, he somehow is able to manufacture shots one can only marvel at. And like a true champion he remained unbeaten on his way to the final.
Harvey could only score on seven ends as Addinall took a firm grip on the final. He raced into a 7-2 lead after six ends, extended it to 15-5 (13th), 19-9 (16th) before wrapping up an easy win.
The women’s final was a close affair featuring two former Proteas. Trish Steyn, a former SA singles champion, edged out Cheryl Cox 21-18. WP are blessed to have both women playing here.
Both are fabulous players who could easily slot back into the national setup. Cox, who remained unbeaten in section play, led Steyn 7-4 on the seventh end in an enthralling battle.
The pair peeled 14-14 on the 17th end before Cox nailed a two on the 20th. Steyn responded with a two and three singles to wrap up the win.
Daniel Loubser and Flo George claimed the Senior titles with wins over Alan Meadows (21-17) and Pat Stallwood (21-20) respectively.