- Qtr Finals Roy & Josh Bradburn(Bowring) 21 – 12 Andy & Liam Stevens(Wrock Wood)Bill & Will Tarrell(Meole Brace) 21 – 10 Len & Nick Lewis(Burway) John & Rob Clarke(Wrock Wood) 21 – 14 Chris & Adam Dovey(Burway) Wayne & Steve Rogers(Burway/Chester Rd) 21 – 14 Peter & Robert Roden(Trench) Semi Finals Roy & Josh Bradburn 21 – 19 John & Rob Clarke Bill & Will Tarrel 21 – 07 Wayne & Steve Rogers Final Roy & Josh Bradburn 21 – 19 Bill & Will Tarrel A very much increased field of 31 (19 in 2017) pairings met on a mild early Summer’s morning at the picturesque setting of Bayston Hill BC to contest the county’s Father & Son competition. With its perfectly presented surface encouraging bowls of the highest quality from the dads and their “youthful!” prodigies, spectators around the green were treated to over 9 hours of action culminating in a closely matched finale where Roy & Josh Bradburn eventually overcame Bill & Will Tarrel 21-19. Highlights from Quarter finals Roy & Josh Bradburn(Bowring), from 2-4 took 7 consecutive ends to forge a 16-4 lead over Andy & Liam Stevens(Wrock Wood) which soon became 20-8 and after a brief fightback, the Bradburn’s finished it 21-12. Bill & Will Tarrel(Meole Brace) took control of their encounter with Len & Nick Lewis(Burway) as they turned a 5-2 lead into 17-3 and following a revival to make double figures by their opponents ended it 21-10. John & Rob Clarke(Wrock Wood) narrow lead over defending champions, Chris & Adam Dovey(Burway) was held down the card until the latter levelled at 14-14 which prompted the Clarke’s to react by running out 21-14. Wayne & Steve Rogers(Burway/Chester Rd) took 8 of the first 10 ends to cruise into a 17-2 lead before Peter & Robert Roden(Trench) got hold of the jack to make a run to trail 18-8 before being defeated 21-9 Highlights from the semi Finals Roy & Josh Bradburn were finding it tough going as they trailed 1-11 against John & Rob Clarke but as it moved on to 7-17 & 9-19 and with the proverbial writing on the wall, they appeared to have read the message as they counted the 12 shots required in 5 ends to book their final place, winning 21-19. Meanwhile, Bill & Will Tarrel were working on a 9-2 early lead into 13-6 over Wayne & Steve Rogers and in similar fashion to the other semi-final, after their opponents counted a single shot, they too ran out in 5 ends to complete the card 21-7 The Final As the surrounding trees filled the air with the sound of early evening roosting birdsong and storm clouds gathering on the distant horizon, the finalists took to the green where early exchanges saw Bill & Will Tarrell, trying to emulate their 2012 success in the competition, pegged back from 6-1 by Roy and Josh Bradburn, oddly enough using the same full corner mark to level the game at 9-9(11ends). This appeared to spark a contest between the two pairs as to who would be master of the mark with the duelling players edging each other out down the card as the scores read 12-12, 15-15, 17-17 until at 19-19(21ends) the Bradburn’s stole and held onto the jack for the final ends to secure victory 21-19(23ends). At the very moment the players were congratulating each other upon a superb game that rounded off 30 games of action on the day, it was though the greenkeeper had turned on the tap to reward the immaculate green as the heavens opened. County Competition Secretary, Mike Potter congratulated host club Bayston Hill BC for the provision of an excellent green, facilities and refreshments before the presentation of prizes to the deserving players and the Champions Trophy for 2018, Roy & Josh Bradburn.
Roy Bradburn (left) and Josh Bradburn (right) with the Father & Son Trophy.
The Semi Finalists, from left, back name first, John & Rob Clarke, Wayne & Steve Rogers, Bill & Will Tarrell, Roy & Josh Bradburn.