Neal very Abel as he keeps Cup

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

THE Run­corn & District Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion saw the finals of the Abel Cup hand­i­cap held at Hal­ton RBL last Thurs­day.

The four fi­nal­ists were Alan Briscoe, Graham Oliver, Neal Ocego (all Pavil­ions ‘A’) and John Plump­ton (Cor­po­ra­tion).

The draw took place and saw team col­leagues Graham Oliver and Alan Briscoe face each other in the first of the semi-fi­nal show­downs.

The sec­ond semi-fi­nal pit­ted Sec­tion Two player John Plump­ton against de­fend­ing cham­pion Neal Ocego.

The first semi-fi­nal saw Graham es­tab­lish an early 3-1 lead af­ter three ends.

How­ever, Alan came rac­ing back and af­ter 15 ends he held a 15-6 lead. He then went on to win 21-8.

The sec­ond last-four con­test saw John get off to a flyer and by the eighth end he had a 10-4 ad­van­tage.

How­ever the next end saw Neal take the block, and never look­ing back he ran out the win­ner 21-11.

The fi­nal paired team col­leagues Alan Briscoe and Neal Ocego against each other and what a game of bowls they put on.

Neal moved into a 4-1 lead but by the eighth end Alan had hit back to edge ahead 5-4.

The 12th end saw Neal re­take the lead 8-7.

In­deed, the stan­dard of bowls be­ing played was great with very lit­tle be­tween the two bowlers.

It was then that Neal started play­ing cor­ners and no mat­ter how well Alan played, it was his op­po­nent who tri­umphed 21-10.

League sec­re­tary Pat Crowe thanked Hal­ton Le­gion for the use of their fa­cil­i­ties and the spec­ta­tors who at­tended.

He con­grat­u­lated the semi-fi­nal­ists Graham Oliver and John Plump­ton and praised Alan Briscoe for reach­ing the fi­nal and for the stan­dard of bowls he played.

Pat went on to con­grat­u­late Neal on his win and for re­tain­ing the sil­ver­ware. ● Tonight sees the finals of the Jim Ainsworth Merit. The finals will take place at Pavil­ions 2 green. The fi­nal­ists are Pat Crowe, Neal Ocego, Bob John­ston and Alan Briscoe and all four play­ers rep­re­sent Pavil­ions ‘A’.

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