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Correspondence WELSH R UND-UP


COMPILED BY GAVIN REES The latest news from the Welsh bowls scene Send your stories and pics to welshnews@nationwidebowler.co.uk


Open pairs joy


Champion Mike Dick with President Arthur Collinge


Mike takes Welsh title from holder


Newport’s Mike Dick is the new Welsh Indoor Singles champion after defeating Cynon Valley’s former champion Dai Prosser in the final at Islwyn Indoor Bowls Club. Mike started steadily to


lead 6-2 after five ends and gradually increased his advantage to lead 11-5


after ten ends before Dai got back to 13-9 after 15 ends. But it was the Scotland- born Mike who finished strongly, picking up eight shots over the next four ends to take the title with a 21-9 victory. In the semi-finals, Mike


had to withstand a brave late challenge to fend off Radnorshire’s Chris Lewis 21-15, while Dai eased into the final with a 21-4 victory against Merthyr Tydfil’s Liam Stone.


for Dai and John There was joy for Dai Prosser in the Open Pairs event when he teamed up for the first time with experienced indoor international John Downey. The new partnership hit it off immediately to take the title with a 23-11 win against Swansea duo Jonathan Williams and Robert Chisholm. The Cynon Valley duo started


brightly to lead 11-5 at halfway, with John in particularly brilliant form and with Dai also playing well. They didn’t let up in the second half and eased their way to the title.


hit back to 11-8 after 10 ends and then 13-12 going into the last quarter of a very entertaining tie. But it was the powerful Islwyn four


who finished with a flourish, picking up eight shots without reply to take the title with a 21-12 victory.


Cynon Valley man takes Over-60s


There was some joy for the Cynon Valley club in the Over 60s Singles event when John Cahill took the title with a 21-9 win against Blaenau Gwent’s Graham Congrieve in a match which was on a knife edge for the opening 10 ends. Cahill scored 11 shots to one to ease his way to his first Welsh title.


Sully duo snatch Over-60s Pairs


Islwyn too strong in Open Fours


Islwyn quartet Owain Dando, Martin Selway, Ian Henderson and Jonathan Tomlinson took the honours in the Open Fours competition when they finished strongly to see off Cynon Valley’s Paul Keating, Layton Davies, Ross Owen and Phil Carpenter in a high quality final. Islwyn got off to a flier to lead


Earlswood won the Over- 60s Team


Championship


Swansea finish season with Merit


Swansea lifted the Merit Table title for the second time in three years. Their nearest neighbours


Earlswood lifted the Over- 60s Team Championship with an excellent victory over a Caerfilli side, which had


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been the dominant force in this event during the past few years. The National Team Championship was won by Sir Maesyfed after a fascinating play-off saw all three teams – Sir Maesyfed, Afan and Cathedral – finish with the same points and same shots difference. The winners were decided by the team who had scored most shots.


10-1 after five ends but Cynon Valley


In the Over-60s Pairs competition, Graham Cogbill and Brian Foscolo edged out former winners Ray and Ken Price in the closest match of finals day. The Price brothers, from


Radnorshire, led for most of a closely contested match before the Sully duo snatched victory at the very end with a 15-14 victory.


Llanelli shine in the Over-50s Triples


Llanelli trio Phil Jones, Martin Watts and Colin Davies are the new Welsh


Islwyn regain KO Cup in one-sided contest


Islwyn regained the KO Cup with a resounding victory against Premier League champions


Cardiff at Merthyr Tydfil IBC, winning by 50 plus shots in a one-sided contest.


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