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Bowls squad are on track
7:20am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
EASTLEIGH Rail may have been denied the league title by a whisker, but they monopolised the Southampton and District BA Championships, capturing four trophies on finals’ day at Atherley.
Pride of place went to Jim Barrett who swept to the singles’ title 22-5 against Alan Forrest senior of Fleming Park. Barrett’s precision drawing was the feature of the match on a tricky rink which Forrest could not live with.
Barrett was already in full flow before sealing matters with a three, three, two finish on the last three ends.
It was double delight for the Barrett household as Jim teamed up with brother Mick to land the fours while Mick also collected the benevolent pairs with Stuart Rowney, who had two reasons to be cheerful too as he was a member of Eastleigh’s triumphant triple.
The Barrett clan joined forces with Jason McLean and Jim Wood to overcome John Halliday, Barry Bendall, Steve Whitehead and Steve Rice 22-12 in the fours.
Mick Barrett and Rowney were convincing winners of the benevolent pairs against Terry Spridgeon and Ian Stubbington who specialise in this event having been victorious three times in the past four seasons. The Folland duo buckled 30-6 to rampant Rail.
Having provided three of the fours semi-finalists, it was little surprise that the triples was an internal Eastleigh affair with Ken Pearce, Rowney and Nathan Durman defeating the experienced trio of Gary Squires, Derek Walker and Paul May 20-15 after a hard-fought encounter.
For Eastleigh, the day was redemption for the disappointing performance in the London and Southern Counties Shield final the week before.
Four trophies proved a decent consolation – and their solitary setback came in the pairs where the treble hopes of Mick Barrett were dashed when he and McLean fell to Adam Curnow and Terry Westerman.
That gave Woolston something to celebrate in their centenary year.
Woolston slipped straight into overdrive with a five and four on the first two ends.
The bowling of the two leads was of the highest standard and McLean can consider himself unfortunate to have ended up on the losing side. At 18-5 after 10 ends it looked odds on a comfortable Woolston win, but Rail staged a plucky comeback and Westerman had to produce some crucial saving woods to keep himself and Curnow on top. Final score: 22-19.
Trophies will be presented by association president Martin Marum during the S&D’s annual dinner at Pirrie Park on Monday, October 7.
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