There was a good turnout of 34 members for the Vice-Presidents Pairs at the weekend, which saw Kez Adams and Fergal Wright continue their good form to take the title. They had reached the semi-final with wins against Pat Lough and Roger Van Beever (21-6) and John Hughes and John McCabe (21-13). Their semi-final against Ali Adams and Steve McManus proved to be one of the games of the day as both pairs produced some high-quality bowling. In a close match, Kez and Fergal narrowly won through to the final with a 21-18 win.
In the bottom half of the draw, Andy Draper and Kevin Leddy reached the semi-final with wins against George Hitchmough and Peter Smith (21-5) and Mike Milne and John Unsworth (21-15). Their semi-final opponents were Debbie Barnes and Pat McArthur, who had two good wins to reach this stage. This was another close match with Andy and Kevin surviving a scare to win through 21-17.
In the final, Andy and Kevin started strongly and a 3 at the second end helped them into an 8-3 lead. From here though, Kez and Fergal put a run together to win the next nine ends, including a four at the tenth end to take a commanding 18-8 lead. Although Andy and Kevin hit back with a 3 and two singles to narrow the gap to 13-18, three chalks in the next two ends saw Kez and Fergal claim victory.
Congratulations to all four finalists on excellent performances throughout the day. This was Kez’s second Hesketh competition win of the season, having won the Spring Pairs with Janice Hobson. For Fergal, it was also his second win of the season, having won the Club’s Champion of Champions event.
Many thanks to our Vice-President, John Unsworth, who presented the trophy and prize money to the successful players.
Runners Up Kevin Leddy & Andy Draper
Semi Finalist Ali Adams & Steve McManus
Semi Finalist Debbie Barnes & Pat MacArthur