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Spring Pairs 2019


Congratulations to Mike Dunlop and Les Miller on winning the Spring Pairs, the first of the Club’s four doubles competitions.

Mike and Les had a difficult start to the afternoon, facing the strong pairing of Brian Jones and Richard Rawcliffe in the 1st Round. After a tough contest, it was Mike and Les who edged the game 21-19, before progressing to the final with wins against Mike Milne and Sue Wignall (21-14) and Lynn Burrow and Ken Rimmer (21-10).

In the bottom half of the draw, Chris Harding and Dave White had notable wins against the strongly fancied pair of Peter Croston and Pat McArthur (21-15) and in the semi-final, Kevin Leddy and Sue White (21-16).

Mike and Les got off to a flying start in the final, scoring doubles at the first three ends to lead 10-4. Chris and Dave fought back to level at 10-10 but Mike and Les were able to win 6 out of the next 7 ends to establish an 18-11 lead which Chris and Dave were unable to pull back, the final score being 21-14. This was Mike’s sixth competition win at the Hesketh Arms and Les’s second, having won the Chairman’s Shield back in 2011.

The Plate competition was won by Barry McArthur and Peter Smith, winning the final 15-10 against Bill Bloor and Lynne Smith.

The next competition day at the Club will be on Sunday 2nd June, when members will compete for the Championship Cup (a men’s singles handicap) and the Ladies’ Championship. A joint plate competition will be run for those who lose their first game in the main competitions. Please report by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start.