Trophy success for Whitby bowls aces

Whitby Bowling Club celebrate their Knockout Trophy triumph
Whitby Bowling Club celebrate their Knockout Trophy triumph

Whitby Bowling Club took victory in the Scarborough & District Crown Green Bowls Association’s Knockout Trophy at Westgate BC on Saturday.

It was the first time that the club have ever won the trophy, which is one of the association’s four main annual competitions, and was donated by benefactor Sylvia Stephenson in 2002.

The early rounds of the competition are played on a six at home and six away basis, this then culminates in the semi-finals, which are played on neutral greens.

This year, Dukes Park A played North Cliff A at Eastfield, the latter winning 215-204 to go through to the final.

The second semi-final was another closely-fought contest between Whitby and Borough B, held at Robin Hoods Bay, where Whitby just edged through 225-219.

The final was always expected to be a close affair, between Whitby, who had never lifted the trophy, and North Cliff A, who have won it three times.

After the first four games, North Cliff led 83 points to 74 points despite some of their ‘big guns’ being held by Whitby.

In the middle four games, Lee Deighton of North Cliff played exceptionally and beat the much-fancied David Lowe 21-5, giving his side a 17-point advantage going into the last four games.

With two games left to play, the lead changed and Whitby, thanks to Steve Dover winning 21-6, found themselves seven points in front.

North Cliff could not wrestle back the momentum and lost the last two games to hand the trophy to their opponents.

The presentation of medals to each club was made by the association president, Mick Hill and Jackie Stapleton, competition secretary, before the trophy was presented to Alan Landers, the victorious captain of Whitby.