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BOWLS: Double success for Young
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
However, Highworth’s Richard Young was the only player to capture two titles, excluding team events, when coming from behind in both the Officers Cup and Pairs to claim victory.
He trailed Paul Boyles (Purton) for a long period in the officers singles before going 14-13 up at 18 ends and leading 16-15 at 21.
He eventually edged home 21-16 on the 25th end.
The pairs final against Wootton Bassett was a very close and tense affair with Young and partner Shaun Hicks trailing Richard Buckland and Chris Cheesley 8-7 at 10 ends, tied 12-12 at 15 but 18-16 down at 19.
However, Young picked-up a three on the 20th end to lead 19-18 only for Cheesley to steal shot with his last wood for a 19-19 tie and force an incredible extra end.
And that was only settled by a measure in Highworth’s favour with two woods close to the jack that was lurking by the ditch.
Mike Hall retained his S&D men’s singles crown beating John Anderson in an all-Westlecot final 21-14 after leading 9-6, 14-10 and 16-12 at 10, 15 and 18 ends respectively.
In the afternoon Westlecot completed a double when Jeff Nichols, Mike Shawyer and John Thomas beat Purton 22-11 in the triples after leading 9-4 at five ends and 14-9 at 10.
Rodbourne Cheney’s Dave Murray was a new winner of the U25 singles competition after going 12-6 up against Highworth’s James Richman and pulling away for a comfortable 21- 13 victory on the 20th end.
Albeit it was with a walkover Cheney completed a double in the fours final as Wootton Bassett could not use two subs as the S&D fours final clashed with the county fours final at Devizes.
Roy Major retained his retired singles crown with a comfortable 21-13 success over Cricklade’s Jim Tucker.
While Supermarine’s Kevin Mitchell beat Cricklade’s Jerry Kemble-Young 21-14 in the champion of champions final.
They were tied 8-8 after 10 ends before Mitchell went 14-10 up at 15 and edged away to a 21-14 victory on the 21st end.
Mitchell and Major then helped Supermarine complete the only hat-trick of S&D men’s title when skipping triples teams in Marine’s narrow 77-73 victory over Wootton Bassett in the Eddie Wells Trophy.
Rink honours though were shared 2-2.
It ended a miserable day for Bassett who lost in three finals.
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