Vintage performance by the Master
16 bowlers turned out for our 2022 National Singles Championships. The format was 4 bowls singles in two round-robin groups over a one-hour game with a 15 minute session break.
Group 1 – Harry Atkin; Joe Peplow; Alice Atkin; Steve Ireland; Alex Comack; Andrew Bayston; David Stearn and Bob Love.
Group 2 – John Rogers; Gary Swift; Colin Wagstaff; Sandra Baker (last minute stand-in for Craig Dalton who failed to turn up) Steve Angus; John Greaves; Paul Baker and Mac Otton
Winners of each group progressed to the final and each runner up competed for the 3rd/4th place positions. At the end of the first day maestro Bob Love led Group 1 undefeated this was mirrored by John Greaves in Group 2. All other positions were very close, with hardly any separation. John Rogers had to concede his match against John Greave due to illness, but he continued playing after a period of rest.
Day 2 saw no change in the group lead positions, there were two other contenders in each group for runner-up places so competition was fierce, resulting in the two Steves (Ireland and Angus) dominating.
3rd/4th place playoff started close, nip & tuck, before why aye man Steve Angus pulled slowly away and overpowering away to battling Steve Ireland. Final result 13-7 to Mr. Angus.
The final presented a master class that would be admired in any National or International setting. Phenomenal bowls from class bowlers. The maestro was relentless, showing his best form and class (missed by England), frustrating John’s quality and edging him out to win 10-5.
Many thanks to all the helpers/pushers/markers/umpire/organisers and to Tamworth Bowls Club for use of their superb rinks and lovely grub served up by new caterers Jiffy Bites.
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