County Doubles 2019 Report

Shropshire County Doubles Competition
played on the greens of Old Shrewsbury Bowling Club on Sun 25th August 2019

A field of 24 pairs gathered to contest the County Doubles at Old Shrewsbury BC where the entrants and spectators alike were treated to heatwave conditions with all day sunshine that saw Daryl Edwards & Steve Duckett become the latest duo to earn the rite for their names to etched on the impressive John Bowers Challenge Cup as County Doubles Champions after they defeated, Stuart Clee & Peter Farmer 21-11 in the final of the competition.

Highlights of the action included

Quarter finals:
Daryl Edwards& Steve Duckett hit back hard from trailing 4-9 against Rich Goddard & Paul Willliams to almost ran out as they led 19-11 and the game was soon over winning 21-13. After establishing an early 4-1 lead Rhys Marshall & Tony Parsons managed to maintain it against Owen Evans & Kane Beaman as the game went onto 11-7 and 17-12 before they eventually finished 21-18. Stuart Clee & Peter Farmer quickly opened a 9-0 lead over Gary & Connor Whitehall, who managed to get 6 of them back before they were hit for 10 chalks in four ends as the scores lay 19-6 and despite losing and full house four end, Stuart & Peter finished it off 21-12. Josh Cotton & Liam Stevens fought hard to turn around a 4-9 deficit to lead Paul Evans & Scott Simpson 17-12 and only give away another single chalk as they won 21-13.

Semi Finals:
Daryl Edwards & Steve Duckett started slowly as they trailed Rhys Marshall & Tony Pardons 12-1 and 14-4. Once they eventually got going, they closed the gap to 11-16 which was held until from 14-20 they won five ends to run out 21-20. Meanwhile, an almost carbon copy of a game saw Stuart Clee & Peter Farmer fight back from 4-11 and 13-19 down against Josh Cotton & Liam Stevens and almost complete the run out before finishing also 21-20 winners to book a place in the final.

The final:
The final began with the two pairings of Daryl Edwards &Steve Duckett and Stuart Clee & Peter Farmer sharing a 3-3(5ends) score before Edwards & Duckett took control and pressed into a 13-6(15ends) lead only for them to be pegged back as Clee & Farmer pulled back to within 2, trailing 11-13(18ends), but their scoring stalled as Daryl & Steve took the next five ends and ran out 21-11(23ends) and give them the victory and the title as County Doubles champions 2019.

After thanking the members of Old Shrewsbury BC for their hospitality and head groundsman, Richard Jones for the use of his two superbly presented greens, Competition Sec, Mike Potter called upon county president, Mike Beckett to present the prizes to the deserving pairings and the Champions trophy to the delighted Daryl Edwards & Steve Duckett.

Well Done to Steve and Daryl.

Full results are here.

Steve Duckett and Darryl Edwards with the trophy.
Steve and Darryl presented with the trophy from County President Mike Beckett.
The finalists, Pete Farmer & Stuart Clee and Steve Duckett & Darryl Edwards
The Semi Finalists with County President Mike Beckett centre. From left: Pete Farmer & Stuart Clee, Liam Stevens & Josh Cotton, Rhys Marshall & Tony Parsons, Steve Duckett & Daryl Edwards.

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