By Liam Moakes 04/09 Updated: 04/09 10:27
BROADWAY Bowling Club's Andrew Walters and Steve Aldren produced some superb displays to be crowned Three Counties champions at Hewell BC on Saturday.
After beating Herefordshire quite comfortably 27-15 in the morning game, they then took on Gloucestershire in the midday game and after a close tussle came out on top 16-14 to become Three Counties champions.
Broadway were involved in another county final on Sunday, also at Hewell BC, when Colin Cooper, Gary Robinson and Steve Aldren contested the Reg Russell Triples final against Jamie Taylor, Keith Alders and Luke Lane from Redditch BC.
It was a closely fought game with never more than a couple of shots between the two but the Redditch triple moved up a gear towards the end to pull away and win 22-16.
It was Finals Day for Broadway BC over the weekend and it was a busy one for Yvonne Hopkins who contested five finals over the two days and both Sue Davies and Andrew Walters played in three finals each.
Hopkins came up against Davies in the Ladies Open Singles and Ladies Handicap and was unable to beat her on either occasion, losing 21-7 and 21-16 respectively.
She managed to win the Dorothy Beale Cup by beating Lesley Rafferty 21-7 and she and her husband then played Colin Cooper and Terry Chambers in the Pairs Handicap.
After the 19th end it was tied at 17-17 but Cooper and Chambers finished the stronger to win 19-17.
In the other two finals on Saturday Steve Aldren proved too strong for Arthur Stretton in the Men's Two Wood competition in winning 19-7, whilst in the Ladies Two Wood singles Sue Davies and Viv Hall had a very close game which Davies just edged after getting off to a good start to open up a six-shot advantage after eight ends, which Hall was unable to claw back despite a spirited finish which saw her score four shots in the last three ends to go down 14-11.
On Sunday Andrew Walters had to play three finals. He got off to a flying start in his first game by beating Bridget Cresswell 21-4 and he then faced John Oliver in the Men's Singles final.
After trading shots for eight ends to be tied at 7-7, Walters pulled away and scored 12 shots to Oliver's four in the next eight ends.
However, Oliver knuckled down and scored six shots on the next three ends to be only two shots adrift at 19-17.
Holding two shots that would tie the game, Oliver despaired to see Walters trail the jack with his last wood and score the two shots he needed for the title.
In the Novice Singles Chris Price got the better of Lesley Rafferty 21-14.
In the final games on Sunday afternoon Walters took on Steve Aldren in the Men's Handicap final and in what was described as an entertaining game he came home 21-15.
In the Club Triples Yvonne Hopkins played her final game against Colin Cooper, who proved too strong as he romped home 24-10.
Scores: Ladies: Two Wood Singles - S Davies beat V Hall 14-11; Dorothy Beale Cup - Y Hopkins beat L Rafferty 21-7; Ladies Handicap - S Davies beat Y Hopkins 21-7; Ladies Open Singles - S Davies beat Y Hopkins 21-16.
Men: Two Wood Singles - S Aldren beat A Stretton 19-7; Men's Handicap - A Walters beat S Aldren 21-15; Men's Open Singles - A Walters beat J Oliver 21-17.
Mixed: Club Open Singles - A Walters beat B Cresswell 21-4; Novice Singles - C Price beat L Rafferty 21-14; Club Pairs Handicap - T Chambers, C Cooper beat T & Y Hopkins 19-17; Club Triples - L Rafferty, T Chambers, C Cooper beat A Murray-Russell, M Ford, Y Hopkins 24-10.
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