A whisker from Clegg promotion

MATHEMATICALLY, Alnwick are just one point away from promotion from the Northumberland Bowling Association Clegg League Division Two as they play their last game of the season.

They retained the third promotion place with a 10-4 win over Seaton Sluice, splitting the game but winning overall by nine shots.

At the same time, the two nearest challengers both had good wins. Rothbury won 9-5 away to Westerhope, but that left them still 15 points behind Alnwick, while the only club who could overhaul them, Benfield, won 12-2 away to second place Walker.

While Alnwick travel to Tynemouth and need only the one point Benfield now face Rothbury on the Coquetdale Green and would require all 14pts, with Alnwick not gaining a point, to gain promotion.

In the Nines League, Alnwick’s game with the Willows has been postponed.

There have been two cracking finals this week.

The first for the Beatty pairs was won by Jack Athey and George Turner (s), who defeated John Heathorn and Ken Liddle (s) 21-12 in the final.

Turner who has won the trophy three years running was trailing 10-3 but then picked up a six to make it 10-9 and then never looked back as they drew away to win.

The other final was for the Graham four-wood handicapped cup between Michael Fairbairn and Dougie Miller.

After seven ends, Miller led 9-3 but by the 15th end, it was just 10-12. From then on, it was close and at the 26th end, Fairbairn led 19-17. He then dropped a disastrous three and Miller went on to claim the match 21-19.

Making the presentation, immediate past-president Russ Dale said it had been an excellent game with some smashing heads and had taken 28 ends to find a winner.

The Graham Trophy went to Miller.

Fairbairn, who lost his second final of the year, was awarded the Tommy Field Cup as runner-up.