England player takes the spoils

AN England player from Tyneside and his partner won the Ronnie Shepherd Memorial four bowls tournament on the Alnwick Bowling Green on Sunday.

Chris Yeoman and skip Kevin Wall, picked for England last season, beat the Alnwick pairing of Dorothy Topping and Ray Topping in a close final match.

After four ends, the Toppings led six-one in a very tight match but Wall and Yeoman, from Backworth, finished with a flourish, scoring a three and two doubles in the last three ends to take the trophy 8-6 and the top cash prize in the competition.

Beaten semi-finalists were Bob Bingham and Ronnie Givens, from Alnwick, and Eddie Barker and Colin Cairns, from Morpeth St George’s.

In all, there was full entry for the event from as far away as Sunderland, with prize money totalling £200, and the winners having to play 49 ends, starting at 9.30am and finishing just after 7pm.

Immediate past president Russ Dale said it had been an excellent final with some very close competition throughout the day.

He praised the ladies for providing excellent refreshments throughout the day.

The ladies enjoyed their first league game of the season at Morpeth, beating their near rivals 10-2.