Ad­di­nall shows his class as he cruises to fifth WP sin­gles ti­tle

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

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.

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