Ace Coyne snaps up Hospital Cup victory

TIM'S TROPHY ... Hospital Cup winner Tim Coyne, left, with association president Robert Child and runner-up Pete Richards
TIM'S TROPHY ... Hospital Cup winner Tim Coyne, left, with association president Robert Child and runner-up Pete Richards

FINE, warm weather and a good running green all contributed to an enjoyable day for the 32 competitors and spectators at the Scarborough crown green association’s Hospital Cup finals at Robin Hood’s Bay BC, on Sunday.

Four players from eight of the nine clubs in the association had qualified for the finals. The other member club - Westgate BC - did not enter any players.

In addition to the magnificent trophy there was prize money and special prizes to be won - donated by association president Robert Child.

One of the special prizes went to North Cliff BC’s Tim Coyne, who recovered from 10-1 in arrears to Robin Hood’s Bay’s Tim Purcell in his first round game to go on and eventually carry off the winner’s trophy. The other special prize went to Mick Carter, also of North Cliff BC, who, in his second round game, battled back from being 18-3 in arrears to lose 21-20 to Whitby‘s Alan Landers.

In the quarter-finals Pete Richards (Hunmanby) beat Geoff Watson (Whitby) 21-19, Andrew Deighton (Dukes Park) beat Clive Reynolds (Bridlington Bay) 21-8, Tim Coyne beat Chris Bielby (Dukes Park) 21-6 and Kevin Gates (Whitby) beat clubmate Alan Landers 21-11.

In the semis Richards beat Deighton 21-18 and Coyne beat Gates 21-11.

Coyne started the final by winning the first seven ends for an 8-0 lead, but then Richards refound his length and battled back to a 10-8 deficit after 15 ends. The match then see-sawed before Coyne was able to run out a well-deserved winner 21-14 at the 27th end.

The competition was organised by association secretary Graham Walker and competitions secretary Jackie Stapleton. Association president Robert Child thanked them, the host club for running the event, and the spectators for staying to encourage the players right to the end of the seven-hour contest.

On Sunday Borough BC will stage its open singles merit competition, 9.30am start.

Latest qualifiers for the Gambart Baines Challenge Cup October grand finals were S West (Sheffield), who beat P Wilcox (Leeds) 21-18, and S Fisher (Wakefield) 21 - 7 , who beat G Franklin (Tadcaster) 21-7.