Magnificent Melrose wrap up bowls title with 10-0 whitewash

I'VE WON THE CUP! -- Andrea Cook, of Rose A, lifts the ladies' singles trophy that she won at the league's Finals Day.
I'VE WON THE CUP! -- Andrea Cook, of Rose A, lifts the ladies' singles trophy that she won at the league's Finals Day.

Magnificent Melrose are the champions of the Gainsborough Bowls league after comfortably earning the three points they needed in their last match of the season.

Travelling to play bottom-of-the-table Misterton, Melrose were in control of three of the four rinks by as early as halfway. They also snatched the fourth late on to complete a 10-0 whitewash and win by 87 shots to 47.

It gave them a nine-point lead at the top of the table after 13 victories from 18 matches, only four of which they have lost.

Melrose have been helped by the slow greens in a poor summer. But arguably the most crucial moment of the season was when they romped to a another 10-0 triumph -- against their closest rivals, Scotter 1.

Scotter 1 clinched the runners-up prize after success in their final fixture at home to Marton GB when an 8-2 win (105 shots to 60) owed a lot to the rink of Les Savage, Frank Parkin and Dave Copley, who stormed home 35-7.

Elsewhere in the league, Marshall A, who also lost 10-0 to Melrose earlier in the campaign, finished in third place after a close battle in their last match away to North Wheatley. The home side were tricky opponents, with Ron Westhead, Denise Jones and Ron Pickford winning 25-8, so the visitors were grateful to leave 6-4 (74-65) up after a vital 27-12 victory for Geoff Gray, Keith Clark and Alan Crookes.

Fourth spot in the table went to Beckingham, who finished with a battling 8-2 (84-74) win at Marshall Sports. Next came Rose A, who wrapped up their fixtures with an 8-2 (70-63) success at Owston Ferry. It was their eighth win in a row -- form that makes a mockery of their bad start when they won just one of their first five.

As reported last week, the league’s honours board was completed by the winners of the five individual competitions on Finals Day.

The men’s singles title went to Dave Copley, of Scotter, with the ladies’ equivalent won by Andrea Cook, of Rose A.

The pairs titles also went to Scotter, with Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley taking the open version and Gail Windsor and Vivienne Allison the ladies’ event.

The open triples champions were Julian Cowan, Eric Dobbie and Alan Revill, of Melrose.