Ferry shock the trophy favourites

In the Gainsborough Bowls League Scotter must have been confident that they could beat Owston Ferry in the Millennium Trophy Final at Melrose.

Scotter finished second in the league whereas Ferry could only finish eighth.

The match proved to be a tight battle from start to finish with Scotter missing their ‘extra gear’ which had helped them so much in the past.

Even when Ferry dropped an eight on rink one and two fives on rink two, Scotter’s temporary aggregate lead was surprisingly gradually eroded away.

In the second half for all of their effort Scotter couldn’t land a serious blow on Ferry, and the longer the match stayed close the more it seemed that this just might be Owston Ferry’s day.

Right at the end Ferry did edge in front with captain Wilf Boothman fittingly doing the damage, and Ferry then held off a brief Scotter reply for an excellent battling 74-69 win.

Finals day at Scotter was a triumph for Melrose who won three trophies.

The Men’s Singles final was a battle between two Melrose players Julian Cowan and Mark Otter, and there was little between them.

Otter had the first chance to win at 20-17 but Cowan produced his best to win 22-20 in 23 ends.

The Ladies Singles final between Dorothy Parr and Carol Walker of Rose A lasted 29 ends.

Walker dominated the first half and led 15-7 and 17-10 but she agonisingly couldn’t get over the finishing line and 11 battling ends later Parr won 22-19.

The Open Pairs and the Open Triples were disappointingly one-sided matches.

In the pairs Mark Otter and Alan Revill (Melrose) completely dominated John Foster and Ken Byfleet (Beckingham) to win 28-9.

In the Open Triples Julian Cowan, Eric Dobbie and Alan Revill (Melrose) beat Dorothy and Mick Parr and Ian Chapman 25-5.