BOWLS: Pearcey reaches national U25s final

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National Under 25s Singles

Rugby’s Liam Pearcey went all the way in the National Under 25s Singles at Worthing but, as with the County Final, had to settle for being runner up. County Winner Tom Millership (Nuneaton) had a third round exit.

In the first round Pearcey beat Lloyd Sabatini (Essex County, Essex) 21-18 while Millership knocked out Daniel Thornhill (Stute, Derbyshire). Both of the also got through the second round, Pearcey beating Robert Drew (Cambridge & County) 21-18 and Millership 21-10 Gary Farquhar (Silksworth, Durham). Millership’s participation was finished in the third round with a 16-21 loss to Travis Meller (Shanklin, Isle of Wight). Pearcey beat David Forster (Whitehaven, Cumbria) 21-12 to book a place in the quarter finals.

In the Quarter Final Liam Pearcey edged past Matt Coppen (Royston, Herts) 21-20. The Semi Final wasn’t as nervy as Colin Nutton (White Rock, Sussex) was despatched 21-12 to put Pearcey into the final. Jamie Walker (Northampton West End, Northants) sealed the Under 25s with a 21-15 win over Pearcey but the man from Rugby can be proud of his achievement.

COUNTY FRIENDLY

Lincolnshire took the long trip down to Entaco BC to play Warwickshire in the latest County friendly. It was the Bears who enjoyed the afternoon more as they returned four winning rinks and one tied on the way to a 142-88 victory.

Keith Austin (Three Spires), Boris Boulstridge (Executive), Les Husband (Entaco) and Colin Morris (Nuneaton) trailed 5-3 after four ends but fired off nine unanswered shots to reach the halfway stage 12-5 up. Lincolnshire replied with back to back singles but a five for the Bears helped them pull further ahead. The last five ends saw Morris and co score thirteen shots, including a seven, to clinch a 34-8 victory. A close start saw Roger Percival (Ambleside), Brian Hunt (Nuneaton), Ted Coupe (Southam) and Past President Rob Maries reach the midway point with a 9-6 advantage. A brace of twos and a treble took the Bears to a 16-6 lead, Lincs hit a double inresponse but Maries and co shut out the visitors for the remainder of the match, signing off with five singles, a double and seven to win 30-8.

Immediate Past President Gareth Willcock along with John Sheppard (Bidford), Bob Morris (Executive) and Barry Thorpe (Wolvey) scored a four on the first end on the way to a tenth end 9-6 lead. With four ends to Play Willcock’s rink still held a three shot advantage but hit a single and four tomake their lead more comfortable. Two singles for the visitors saws the Bears win 20-14. Ken Tredgold (Southam), Dennis Lee (Lillington), Mike Osbourne (Entaco) and Past President Aubrey Brookhouse were 5-0 down early on but raced ahead to reach midway 14-9 up. Lincolnshire retook the lead but had to settle for being one shot down with five ends to go. A good finish for the Bears saw them seal a 23-18 victory.

Nothing could separate Richard Roberts (Welford), Mick Hill (LMRCA), John Greves (Nuneaton) and Bob Hope (Welford) from their Lincolnshire opponents, when one took the lead the other replied so it was no surprise that at the midway stage the teams were level on 9-9. With five ends to play the teams were still level but Hope and co opened up a two shot lead with two ends left. Lincolnshire closed the game with a pair of singles to earn a share of the spoils, final score 18 all. Senior Vice President Graham O’Donohue, Alec Golding (Rowheath), Peter Storer (LMRCA) and Past President Tony Dawson held a fifth end 6-3 lead but dropped ten shots to trail 13-6 with ten ends played. Dawson and co cut the deficit to two shots with four ends to play but Lincolnshire finished stronger to finish 22-17 winners.