Tom crowned on the greens

ALNWICK postman Tom Peate is the new champion of the town’s bowling club.

Tom, originally from Seahouses, had held the championship of the seaside club previously but it is his first win at Alnwick.

He dominated the final against Michael Fairbairn, a twice former winner, after a slow start. He was down 6-2 after only a few ends but a three and two fours in four ends saw him lead 13-7 and he never looked back.

The Duke’s Medal for the champion was presented by club secretary David Quean.

Tom said it gave him real pleasure to win the championship and Michael, who is now the holder of the Dick Brown salver, admitted afterwards that he had not played to his best.

In the National Pairs Final at Worthing, Roger Turnbull and John Hume from the home club representing Northumberland won their first game against a pair from Chippenham Town in Wiltshire. Later the same day, however, they were narrowly beaten by the Dorset champions 21-16.

Alnwick maintained their challenge for promotion against league leaders Collingwood in the Northumberland County Clegg Cup League Division Two.

Although going down by 10 points to four, apart from one defeat against Walker, at home Collingwood have never dropped four points at home this season and there was only eight shots’ difference.

With two games remaining, Alnwick are in the third promotion spot, 14 points ahead of Rothbury, who beat Tynemouth 12-2 at home and Benfield, 15 points behind, who won 12-2 away to Seaton Sluice. All three could win 28 points before the end of the season.

Alnwick are still fighting to survive in the Nines League Division One after another 8-0 defeat over Heaton Victoria.

It puts them in the third bottom spot, still in the relegation zone, but with a slim chance of survival. Next week’s game against The Willows has been postponed.

In the last round to reach the final of the TE Hall Sunday triples Geoff Mills, Mavis Liddle and Ken Liddle were successful with runners-up Wilf Newton, Mary Wilson and Ivy France close behind.

The final of the Beatty pairs will take place tonight between Jack Athey and George Turner who take on John Heathorn and Ken Liddle. George Turner will also face Roger Turnbull in the final of the Leath competition.

The ladies have also been enjoying a successful season. Two rinks skipped by Mavis Liddle and Ann Daley added the Centenary Salver to the club’s silverware after beating teams from Hexham, Durham and Sunderland.

In the Collins and Shipley league, they have continued their fine form with victories over Cowpen and Crofton (11 points) Ponteland (12) and Seaton Delavel (10).

Winner of the Myer Cup on Ladies Day was Lilian Stokoe with Sylvia Dale taking home the runner-up shield.

In a close friendly home match, they beat Wooler Ladies by eight shots.