THERE is a new name on the Kevin Gates Trophy awarded to the winter series Champion of Champions - Whitby’s Alan Landers - following Sunday’s play-offs.
Twenty qualifiers took part in the play-offs on a fast running Whitby Bowls Club green, in dry but cold weather.
Six previous winners of the champions title were among the contenders, with three of them getting through to the quarter-finals stage.
In the quarters, Whitby’s Geoff Watson who, along with Borough’s Terry Summersgill, ran the competition, beat Eastfield’s Kevin Garside 21-16. Dukes Park’s David Lowe beat Borough’s Mick Gates, a previous title holder, 21-7, while Alan Landers beat Borough’s Steve Bell and North Cliff’s Tim Coyne beat Westgate’s Tommy Donald 21-7.
The semi-finals saw three-times winner Watson take on twice-winner Lowe, with both players in top form but Watson gaining a 21-15 success. In the other semi, Landers beat Coyne 21-17.
The all-Whitby final failed to live up to the round-the-green pundits’ predictions.
After leading 3-2 on the fifth end, the much-fancied Watson found himself 10-3 in arrears at the 10th end and although he won nine of the next 17 ends was unable to recover from that setback and lost 21-13.
The skill and consistency displayed by Landers throughout the day made him a worthy winner.
Whitby BC will host a popular drawn triples merit on Sunday, 9.30am start, followed on 3 April by a drawn pairs competition at Eastfield BC, again 9.30am start.