Castleton hosts huge Open Pairs event

Valerie Sinclair and Colin McDonald (Hutton Le Hole), winners of the Castleton Invitation Open Pairs event
Valerie Sinclair and Colin McDonald (Hutton Le Hole), winners of the Castleton Invitation Open Pairs event

THE annual Castleton Invitation Open Pairs bowls competition took place at the Castleton Bowls Club on Saturday, with an impressive 52 pairs’ teams entering from a large number of clubs across the region.

Last year’s competition was cancelled due to bad weather, but this year, play successfully started at 9.30am on a beautiful sunny day enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.

A very high standard of bowls was on show throughout the day, with the semi-final matches both going to an extra end to decide who reached the final for the AW Champion and son of Castleton Trophy and associated prize monies.

In the end, that final was fought out between Colin McDonald and Valerie Sinclair, from Hutton Le Hole Bowls Club and Sam Oliver and Robert Walker from Skelton, with the Hutton Le Hole pair narrowly winning a tightly-fought contest by 10 shots to nine and bringing their day’s marathon of over 50 ends to a close in front of a sizeable crowd.