John’s never-say-die ef­forts are re­warded

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

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

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