Neal very Abel as he keeps Cup
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’.