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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Bowlers ready for County Final charge

The main county competitions in Cumbria got under way on May 26.

And, just 57 days later after probably the worst ever outdoor season in terms of weather, the six major county titles will be settled tomorrow at Wigton Bowls Club.

Singles

The County Singles is generally regarded as the title most players would like to win though quite a number of Cumbria’s top players no longer even enter.

This year it will be a battle between youth and experience as Ryan Prince of Whitehaven who defeated Ian Gallagher in his semi-final will meet Anthony Little of Courtfield who beat Silloth’s Adam Hocking.

Pairs

The semi-finals of the county pairs were only just completed on Thursday at Courtfield and the four successful players are all from the strong Subscription club.

Ian Airey and Richard Chandler had to survive the loss of an eight in their semi-final against last year’s winners Michael Downie and Ian Gallagher and will now play John Baird and Rick Gallagher.

Rick Gallagher has yet to win the pairs title though he and Baird, who defeated Appleby’s Bob Dent and Peter Metcalfe in the semi-final, were beaten finalists in 2005.

Triples

The semi-finals of the triples were also completed just this week having been hastily moved from Keswick to Cockermouth Croft and the final will see the Workington and Appleby clubs in opposition.

Stephen Cook, David Gregory and Ian Williams who beat Richard Chandler in the semi-final, are dually engaged on Sunday as they are also in the fours.

David Canon, Bob Dent and Peter Metcalfe who defeated David Balfour’s Shap trio in the semi-final and won this title in 2004, will be hoping to give the Appleby club its third success in the 66 year history of the competition.

Fours

In the fours Workington is represented by Stephen Cook, Clive Allison, David Gregory and Ian Williams. The latter pair brings a host of experience to Sunday’s game both having played in four rinks finals including two successes.

Silloth however won this title just three years ago. The 2009 winners Adam Hocking, Syd Brough and Paul Wallace are this year joined by Ryan Orchard who will also be looking for success in the Two Wood Singles.

Two Wood Singles

The semi-finals of the Two Wood Singles, a competition which this year for the first time carries a national qualification sees Anthony Little playing Ryan Orchard and Peck Orchard playing Mark Nanson in what will be a repeat of last years final.

That final was won by Nanson his third success following wins in 2000 and 2006.

Peck Orchard will be looking to make it to a third final and a winning one while Anthony Little will be hoping for a fourth final and a second title following his initial success back in 1983.

Junior Singles

John Barber of Workington looks to face a daunting task in the final of the Junior Singles when he will meet three times county champion and Junior International David Forster of Whitehaven.

Barber however is improving and maturing and it is worth noting that in the semi-final of this competition he accounted for Men’s Singles finalist Ryan Prince.

Roland Starkie Trophy

The May Day Fours for the Roland Starkie Trophy is the traditional opening competition of the season and the final is as usual being played on Finals Day.

David Forster’s Whitehaven rink will take on the Wigton quartet of Bob Dalziel.

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