Double joy in triple final

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Alnwick Bowls Club

Two Alnwick triples contested the much-delayed Grouse competition final on the home green on Sunday.

The competition was first started on June 24, but a downpour flooded the green when the teams had reached half way through the semi-finals.

On Sunday, Ken Liddle (playing for George Batey who was unavailable), Roger Turnbull and John Hume beat a Backworth team to reach the final and, in the other semi, Yvonne Turner, George and Doug Miller overcame a triple from High Heaton in Newcastle.

The final was a close-fought affair with the Hume triple running out winners.

At the presentation, the club president Michael Grant thanked Grouse for their continued sponsorship of the competition, which originally had attracted a strong entry from all over the county.

Alnwick are fighting hard to retain their A League position in the Clegg Cup with an empathetic 12-2 win over Walker.

The Tyneside club has been the bogey team for Alnwick this season but the home club ran out winners by 77 shots to 66.

It lifts them up to third from bottom and but they need another 14 points to get outside the relegation zone but they have two games in hand over Fossway, the nearest club above them.

There was no such good news from the Nines League, where Alnwick were well beaten by High Heaton 6-2 and are propping up the league.

After their excellent run of late, the ladies crashed when they visited Ponteland and could not muster one point.

They still are on top of their league, but only one point above Ponteland.

They are on 100 points but they have two games in hand.

How tight it is at the top is shown by the fact that Burradon are three points behind Alnwick with a game in hand over the home club.