National finals beckon for Alnwick

Alnwick Bowling Club

ALNWICK Bowling Club will be represented in the national finals at Worthing later this year.

On Sunday, on the Portland green, Roger Turnbull and John Hume (s) beat Bill Forster and Norman Bell from Blyth Excelsior to reach the county final.

Both county finalists go to Worthing.

They were behind at the start but came through to win 18-16.

John Hume said: “Roger had a tremendous game and the result was in doubt until the last end.”

Both have been to Worthing previously in the fours and triples but as John said: “I have been trying for more than 20 years to reach the finals in the pairs.”

They become the second Alnwick pair to reach a national final with the ladies being represented at Lemington Spa by Jo Lormor and Mavis Liddell.

Alnwick hosted a number of county semi-finals on Monday night and all produced top-class bowling.

In county champion of champions, Karl Jamieson, from Morpeth St George’s, beat RS Adamson (Health and Security).

Paul Ging (Gosforth) beat Dan Parkes (Backworth) in the two-bowl singles, Mick McGreevy (Gosforth) beat Brian Houghton (Gosforth) in the singles.

In the triples, P Goldsmith, P Dawson and Ian Brown (Backworth) beat P Harvey, S Harvey, Dick Train (Backworth) and J Harthen, S Richardson, Chris Palmer (Gosforth) beat B Hills, D Critchlow, Bill Bolam (Gosforth).

For Alnwick, there was no joy in the Northumberland leagues this week.

In the Nines they were beaten by Walker 6-2 and their promotion bid in the B League of Clegg Cup ground to a halt, hopefully only temporarily, when they were beaten by Westerhope on a rain-sodden green.

There was better news in the North Northumberland League when a good win, 6-2, saw them go top above Amble, who lost.

In the only friendly of the week, Alnwick lost to Portland.

Northumberland’s bid to reach the national finals of the Middleton Cup ended when they were well beaten by Norfolk on a natural green in Leicestershire.