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Men’s County Finals

The blue ribbon event of bowls, the County Singles Final held at Moreton-in-Marsh Bowls Club saw Tim Bloomer (Fairford) power to a 21-10 win over the 2015 runner up Nathan Kitchen (Cheltenham). Bloomer got off to a dream start when picking up a three on the first end and then followed it up with a two and another two three’s to go 12-0 ahead after five ends. Kitchen then responded with six shots over the next three ends before Bloomer gained another three shots to be 15-6 ahead. Kitchen then pulled back another three shots before Bloomer struck two consecutive two’s to go 19-9 up and to within two shots of the title. Bloomer did not have to wait that long to take the title when on the 16th end he scored a double to be crowned the singles winner for 2017.


Nathan Kitchen, earlier had pulled off a thrilling victory in defense of his Junior Singles title when up against Tom Luce (Fairford) he found himself trailing 6-0 after five ends. Digging deep they gap was reduced to just two shots four ends later and then Luce pulled away with a couple of two’s to go 12-7 up. Kitchen hit back with a double and then a three to level and with four consecutive singles moved into a 16-14 lead. Luce then grabbed four shots to lead 18-16 before Kitchen went one ahead with a three. With both players tied at 19 all on the 25th end Kitchen then scored a two to win the title for the fifth consecutive year 21-19.


The final of the Pairs saw last season runners up Shaun Morris and Vince Wilks (Gloucester City) battle out a nerve tingling match against Joe Hardwick and Andy Locke (Olveston) that went to an extra end. The early stages went the way of City who having picked up a four, opened up an 8-0 lead. Not to be outdone the Olveston pairing struck back with a two and then a four followed by a single to be just one shot behind. The Gloucester pair having scored a two then grabbed a five and with both sides scoring a three were in command at 19-11 after 13 ends. Olveston then mounted their challenge with a three and two two’s and a single to draw level. The lead then exchanged hands before on the last end Gloucester picked up a single to tie the match 21-21. The extra end then saw Morris and Wilks take the shot despite the efforts of trying to fire it out by Olveston to win the title 22-21.


The Fours Final saw Brian Packer, Dave Smith, Brian Burleigh and Keith Hinder (Dursley) up against Andy Mathers, Ray Knight, Brian Workman and Ron Phelps (Winget) take a 8-2 lead after six ends when they scored a three on the second and fifth end. Although they dropped three on the ninth end they grabbed three three ends later and then picked up three consecutive singles to go 16-9 ahead.  Although they lost the next two ends dropping three shots they stayed ahead by four shots to take the title 21-13.


Earlier in the day the Triples also went the way of Dursley with Dave Smith, Brian Burleigh and Keith Hinder up against the Winget triple of Andy Mathers, Brian Workman and Ron Phelps when they stormed into a 14-1 lead after picking up two fours and a six in the first four ends. Not to be out done Winget then won the next five consecutive ends in which they also scored a four and cut the deficit t0 14-10. With the gap, down to three shots the Dursley trio when moved into a winning position when they won three ends on the trot gaining six shots to go 22-12 up. Six shots in the next two ends was not enough for Winget to pull off a dramatic comeback as they needed four on the last end to draw and in the end Dursley triumphed with a double to win the title 24-18.   


In the Two Wood Final saw John Smallwood (Olveston) up against Russ Mellerup (Cam Mills) found himself 9-5 down before pulling back to within two shots at 10-8. A purple patch then saw Smallwood scored a double and two singles to draw level 12-12. Behind again on the next end 13-12 two two’s then gave Smallwood the title 16-13 on the penultimate end.   


The Champion of Champions saw Steve Knight (Cheltenham) meet John Smallwood for the second season running having met each other in the two-wood final the previous season, which Knight had won. This time around it was also the same outcome in what proved to be an absorbing final. The advantage went the way of Smallwood who opened up a six-nil lead before being passed by Knight with a three on the 10th end. Knight then scored a double to retake the lead and with a further four shots leapt into an 19-15 lead. Two ends later after scoring two singles Smallwood was just two behind and then Knight held the advantage on the 22nd to become champion scoring a double to 21-17.