Bowdon Earls beat Westmorland to win NWF Midweek AC Handicap League, 12th Sept.

The going got tough and Bowdon Earls rose to the challenge, just about! Bowdon needed to win today so that they could not be overtaken by Fylde who had another match to play. In a very tense match Earls beat Westmorland 4 – 3 to ensure that they won the league. Earls expected to face opponents with bisques in most of the games, and that is what happened. The morning results had Bowdon 2 – 1 ahead, with Adrian and Andrew winning their singles comfortably. Adrian’s win over Roger Brooks allowed his opponent only 3 shots. Adrian is not used to having any bisques! The afternoon games saw fluctuating fortunes. Nigel had pegged out his yellow but lost by just one, as Roger Brooks came back from 1 and rover with a fine display of two-ball breaks and great positioning. The next game to finish saw Adrian come back, from being well behind Sue Pritchard, to win a close game +3. One more win was needed. The next game to finish had Captain Mike Shelmerdine providing that win to seal the match and league title, by coming back to beat Mike Hogson in another very close game +1 on time. Andrew was well behind the experienced John Shakespeare who had enough bisques to win. Well done Bowdon Earls, and all the players who have been in the team during the season.

Today’s heroes were:

Westmorland’s team was:

Roger Brooks -0.5, Sue Pritchard 11, John Shakespeare 14 and Mike Hogson 16

Game results were as follows:

Nigel and Mike lost the doubles 16 – 20 to Mike and John

Adrian beat Roger 26 – 0, and Sue 26 – 23

Andrew beat Sue 26 – 12, and lost to John 12 – 23

Nigel lost to Roger 25 – 26

Mike Shelmerdine beat Mike Hogson 22 – 21