Bowls: No beating the holders

Bowls: No beating the holders

Bowls: No beating the holders

First published in Sport

Vinnie O’Donnell and Graham Wood retained the Lawrenson Cup Double competition in a thrilling final at Peel Park, Accrington.

The Rushton Street ‘A’ pair were up against Mick Opie and Steve Anderton of Globe Heys in the final of a competition jointly hosted by Sydney Street and Coppice Bowling Clubs.

Opie and Anderton had the better of the opening ends, but after levelling at four across, O’Donnell and Wood raced to a 12-4 lead – which was extended to 17-6. Opie and Anderton hist back, gradually reduced the arrears to 19-12 and then scored a maximum, to move within striking distance at 19-16.

However, O’Donnell and Wood recovered to get the required two at the next end to retain the trophy.

Results - Quarter-Final: Vinnie O’Donnell & Graham Wood (Rushton St A) 21-16 Andy Breckell & Bob Fletcher (Sydney Street), Geoff Parkinson & Philip Barrass (Coppice) 21-14 David Vickers & Tom Stewart (Milnshaw Wanderers), Mick Opie & Steve Anderton (Globe Heys) 21-19 Ian Berry & Paul Bold (Immanuel A), Mick & Dave Burns (Rishton Con A) 21-19 Craig Ramell & Leighton Whitehead (Mercer Park) Semi-Final: O’Donnell & Wood 21-7 Parkinson & Barrass, Opie & Anderton 21-16 M & D Burns Final: O’Donnell & Wood 21-16 Opie & Anderton.

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