John’s never-say-die efforts are rewarded
John Hamer of West End BC won the Sowerby Bridge Association’s Percy Carter Merit at Sowerby T & BC on Sunday. He claimed the title with a 2117 victory over Clive Austin of Mytholmroyd BC in the final of the Yorkshire Timber and Builders Merchants- sponsored competition .
Hamer’s first opponent was Brian Hildred of Laurel Crescent who made the better start to lead by 13-7. Hamer fought back to level at 13 but was behind again by 13-19 before running out to win by 2119.
He left it even later to win his second game, against Moorside’s Mark Regan. Regan opened with a break of five and maintained that advantage to lead by 17-12. Hamer recovered to 16-17 but Regan pulled ahead again to reach all-but with Hamer on 18. As in his first game, Hamer then ran out to snatch a 21-20 victory.
Hamer made a better start to his quarter-final against Hill Crest’s Lyndon Harris to lead by 11-2. Harris came back strongly through the middle of the game and was only a single chalk adrift at 14-15 but Hamer finished as he had begun to win by 21-15.
The start to Hamer’s semifinal against Siddal’s Martin Greenwood was closely contested. Greenwood held a narrow lead at 10-9 before Hamer pulled ahead with a break of eight to lead by 17-10. Greenwood fought back to level at 19 but Hamer again had the final say with two singles.
Austin received a bye into the second round, in which he faced Dennis Hartley of Hill Crest. He made a good start to lead by 10-2 before going on to win 21-12.
He won his quarter-final against Moorside’s Daniel Barker by 21- 11 but faced an up-hill task in his semi-final against Brendan Malone.
After leading by 5-3, Austin fell behind to a break of 10 by Malone. Malone looked favourite to reach the final with a 17-9 lead but Austin responded with a break of nine singles and went on to win by 21-18.
After a delayed start to the finaldue to heavy rain, Austin opened with a pair but Hamer then took the lead with a break of nine.
Austin recovered to narrow the gap to three chalks at 9-12 but that was as close as he could get as Hamer claimed the Percy Carter Trophy with a 21-17 victory. Quarter-final scores: A. Sutcliffe 5 B. Malone 21; C. Austin 21 D. Barker 11; M. Greenwood 21 M. Hargreaves 15; J. Hamer 21 L. Harris 15. Halifax BC’s 2015 autumn indoor season will commence on September 10t with the Thursday Evening Triples, followed the following day by the Friday Evening Pairs.
The remaining leagues will commence the following week.
The Monday morning coaching session for new bowlers and anyone wishing to have a go at indoor bowling will begin on Monday, September 14 at 11am.
The bowlers this year will have new coloured score boards and new LED lightning to highlight their touchers!
Fixture lists are available in the indoor bowling hall.
Young entrant: Ben Halliday in the Percy Carter Merit at Sowerby
Glen Donnelly in last Sunday’s event