A double delight for Mike

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Alnwick Bowling Club

Mike Alexander, a four-handicapped player, picked up two trophies in two days at Alnwick Bowling Club.

On Friday night, he beat Ronnie Givens, off scratch, 21-13 for the four-wood Graham Trophy. He was never behind in the match.

The night previously, in a non-handicapped event for the Leath Trophy for members over 60, he beat Ray Topping again by 21 shots to 13.

Last year, Mike reached two semi -finals and this year went one better reaching the final and taking the trophies.

As one wag said in the clubhouse later: “I don’t think he will be playing off a four handicap next season.”

With only the two-wood championships between Ronnie Givens and George Batey to be decided in the coming days, that will be followed by the final of the TE Hall Sunday Triples and the season is all but at an end.

Meanwhile, in the leagues, Alnwick were well beaten at the hands of Benfield, losing out 12-2 in the Clegg Cup but they only need one point to secure their place in the A division for next season.

In the Nines against high-flying Gosforth, Alnwick lost 6-2 and are now certain to be playing in a lower division next season.

It was not a happy result for the ladies in their bid for league honours.

They were hammered by Bedlington Dr Pit and it looks as though their league title this year will go to Burradon.

In a preliminary round for the Oubridge Trophy, the championship for private clubs in Northumberland, John Hume (Alnwick) beat Chris Cairns (Rothbury) on the natural Morpeth St George’s Green 21-19.