Big chill holds up champs’ progress

FORMER CHAMP ... David Lowe
FORMER CHAMP ... David Lowe

CROWN GREEN bowling has been hit by the adverse weather as winter shows its teeth and several of the popular merit competitions have been cancelled, reducing the opportunities for some players to qualify for the Champion of Champions play-offs.

The play-offs are scheduled for Sunday March 18, at Borough BC’s Manor Road green, 9.30am start.

Players in the singles merit competitions staged between October and March at various clubs in membership of the Scarborough and District CGBA can earn points which determine who is eligible for the play-offs.

The top 16 players plus any who share 16th place are eligible.

So far in this 2011-12 series of winter merits there have been seven players taking top spot, and in this winter-curtailed season all are likely to qualify.

Kenny Wale (Whitby) notched his first success at Eastfield in October, but the other six leaders have all held the coveted summer or winter Champion of Champions title. They are David Lowe (Dukes Park), who has won three of the current competitions, Derrick Swift (North Cliff) and Alan Landers (Whitby), who have both won two in the present campaign, and Andy Deighton (Dukes Park), Kevin Gates (Borough) and Geoff Watson (Whitby), who have all won one.

The top section of the current rankings table shows Lowe with 22 points, Landers 18, Watson 16, Danny Cooper (North Cliff) 14, Wale 14, Kevin Gates 13, Swift 12, Phil Todd (Hunmanby) 8, Deighton 7, Ian Hadden (Borough) 6, Ian Richardson (Whitby) 6, Mick Gates (Borough) 5, Jan Hadden (Borough) 4, Billy Holdsworth (Dukes Park) 4, John Cooper (North Cliff) 4, Tommy Silcock 4, and Lee Deighton (Dukes Park) 4.

Just three qualifying events remain (weather permitting): Westgate singles on Sunday, Hunmanby singles on February 19, Borough singles on February 26 and North Cliff singles on March 3.

All scheduled for 9am starts.