“The Handmark Engineering sponsored ‘Jack Marklew’ Mem’l Open Singles was won in fine style from a strong field by Liam Howard
in defeating Steve Hunter in the Hawcoat Park final on Sunday 11th August.
On the “Park” no.1 green, Liam had opened up his account with the defeat of Adam Miller, followed by Ryan Smith and Derek Southward before switching to no.2 where he stepped up another gear in knocking out Kevin Edwards in the quarters and Ian Nicholson in the semi’s, where he raced into a 12-3 lead against the Lake District bowler, only to see him peg back to 17-16 down, before the Barrow lad clinched the last four points for a 21-17 victory.
Steve, in showing the consistency of good line and length bowling all day over on no.2 green, accounted for Hazel Boradail in the opening game, followed by Matt Simpson, Geoff Maudsley, Matty Stewart and Danny Edmonds in the semi’s, where he also took an early 10-5 lead, but maintained the points gap throughout the game to clinch his place in the final.
In the final, Steve took an early 3-1 lead, only to concede the next six ends to trail 3-10. The West Shore man battled back over the next ten ends to reduce the margin to 12-15; but it was at this point where Liam regained the jack to run out a worthy winner.
Tony Marklew presented the prizes, and thanks were given to the sponsors, the ladies for their hard work in the kitchen, and all markers, measurers, bowlers and supporters for their efforts in the Autumn like conditions.
L Howard 21 v K Edwards 3
I Nicholson 21 v R Moxham 18
S Hunter 21 v M Stewart 16
D Edmonds 21 v M Proctor 15
L Howard 21 v I Nicholson 17
S Hunter 21 v D Edmonds 14
L Howard 21 v S Hunter 12