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Sabden duo land bowls glory
4:53pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
Free Gardeners bowls club members David Burns and Mick Yerkess swept aside the challenge of Eric Wallace and Alan Dewhurst to win the annual Alan and Anita Whalley charity open doubles title at Sabden Bowling Club.
The pairing, who are new names the trophy, were victorious 21-13 following a weekend of top class bowling in all rounds of the popular competition that raises money for Derian House children’s hospice.
With some of the area’s top bowlers flocking to the village, the match that got spectators and competitors talking was the first round challenge of John Cooper and David Rose versus John Rigg and Franny Franks.
All four played at the top of their game in a match that lasted almost two hours, with Rigg and Franks emerging winners 21-19 and continuing through the competition until knocked out in the quarter finals.
Thanks go to all sponsors, volunteers and spectators who supported the event.
Entries are being taken for the annual Sabden Floodlit Singles that runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September to the finals night on September 29.
Meanwhile, in the Great Harwood and District Bowls League Globe B clinched promotion to Division 3 despite a heavy defeat at East Lancashire, who go up as champions.
Oakhill Vets and Waddington A were both relegated from Division Two after their defeats.
The A team slipped out of Division One after losing 8-2 to leaders Rushton Street A, while the B team exited Division Three after a 9-1 reverse at Rushton Street B.
In the top flight, Rushton Street A hold the aces in the title race and they are 12 points clear of Salesbury A, who maintained the pressure with a 7-3 win at Globe Heys, a victory that took them above Globe and into second spot.
Ribblesdale A are in fourth after they hammered Witton Bowling Club 9-1.
Lower Darwen A hold a nine-point advantage over second placed Clitheroe Cricket A in Division Two after the sides drew 5-5 at Chatburn Road, while Coppice are third despite losing 9-1 to Sabden A.
Great Harwood Cricket Club took over at the top of Division Three as they beat Ribblesdale B 8-2 while Mercer Park were inactive.
The cricketers are a point clear but Mercer Park do have a game in hand as the season heats up.
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