Six entertaining bowls final ties

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The Gainsborough Bowls League’s six finals produced great entertainment for neutral spectators, as Dave Childs and George Dodsworth won two trophies each.

Childs was in dominant form in the Men’s Singles against Bob Baines.

He led 6-4 after eight ends but then stretched his lead to 18-7.

Baines then found his proper form but Childs finished as a fairly comfortable 21-15 winner.

Childs had less to do in the Open Triples, strongly assisted by Keith Clark and Daphne Staff against newcomers Tim Metcalf, Peter Carroll, and John Grooby. Childs, Clark and Staff out-drew their opponents, who resorted to playing weight too often, and so they won 22-8 including twice getting a five.

George Dodsworth was in splendid form in the Drawn Triples playing with Eric Dobbie and Brenda Taylor against Audrey Rogers, Julian Cowan, and Ken Byfleet.

Dodsworth, Dobbie and Taylor led 18-6 before a much too late revival by their opponents reduced their lead to 20-16.

Rogers, Cowan and Byfleet were lying shot often enough to win, but Dodsworth broke their hearts with inspired bowls.

His luck seemed to run out when partnered by Peter Taylor in the Drawn Pairs, losing 14-7 to Jim McGhee and Ray Hargreaves with only four ends left.

But McGhee and Hargreaves failed simultaneously to concede a six and a grateful Dodsworth and Taylor upped their game to win 17-14.

The ladies singles between defending champion Susan Mawer and Enid Underwood was close at 6-5 to the latter after six ends, but Mawer’s form fell away and she went down 21-13.

Bob and Wendy Baines seemed in command of the Open Pairs at 12 -5 after seven ends with Merv Johnson and Dave Copley.

The Baines then went 20-13 up, before Johnson and Copley hit back to draw 20-20, but the Baines got the one shot they needed in the extra end.

In the Monday Evening Pairs Newcomers Lionel Jowitt and Diane Vale beat Peter Taylor and John Hunt 15-12.