Scarborough’s young hot-shots are in the money

PLAYERS from Scarborough IBC junior section finished in the money when they took part in an Under-21s Aussie Pairs competition held at South Shields on Sunday.

Twelve teams took part with four teams in three groups.

The winner of each group and best runner-up went into the main competition and the others into a plate competition.

Scarborough’s teams were John Hall with Jack Bird, Jonny Stanger with James Brown, and Jamie Broadbent with Chris Archer.

Jamie and Chris had a very close match to start off against Ferryhill, losing 7-6.

Against Darlington and home team South Shields in their next two matches they battled gamely but lost 13-1 and 28-1.

Jonny and James won their first match against Houghton 5-4 and having got a feel of the green won the second match against Darlington 20-1.

Against South Shields they lost their third match 11-7. Jack and John kicked off against a combined team from South Shields and Sunderland and won 14-3.

They turned in a great performance in their second match to win 20-0, which included a full eight shots on the last end. They then won their third match, against Darlington, 11-3.

These results put Jack and John and Jonny and James into the main comp and Jamie and Chris in the plate.

Jamie and Chris lost 10-1 against Ferryhill and although knocked out of the competition they had gained good experience against older players.

The main competition was played in around robin format.

In the first games Jack and John were lost 8-2 to South Shields, and Jonny and James lost against another South Shields team 6-3.

Jack and John then beat Ferryhill 18-1 while Jonny and James played another South Shields team and won 12-3.

In the last games Jack and John had a real battle against South Shields and were winning 4-3 and holding shot at the last end when South Shields trailed the jack with the last bowl to pick up four shots to win 7-4.

The South Shields team who had lost earlier against Jack and John got their revenge against Jonny and James with a 9-4 success.

The main competition winners, South Shields, won £200, the runners-up, also South Shields, won £120, John and Jack in third place, won £80, and fourth-placed Jonny and James won £60.

South Shields were the plate winning team and collected £40, with Darlington as runners-up.