Bradford Finds Form
The Jim Kernan was held at South Ramsey on Saturday with the green running well despite the heavy rain overnight and early morning. There was an entry of 44 taking part.
Visiting bowler Paul Bailey lost out at the quarter final stage to home greener David Bradford with Bailey 12-10 up before Bradford ran out to win 21-13. Bailey will no doubt have found the competition useful practice ahead of the PokerStars Invitation next Friday. Dido Kelly had his hopes of a first Jim Kernan win ended by Marown man Paul Dunn who had a comfortable 21-14 win. Reversing the fortunes for Marown was James Teare who performed well to see off Marown’s Neil Withers with a 21-18 win. Another visiting bowler featuring in the quarter finals was Roger Lunn who ended the run of South Ramsey D team captain James Moore thanks to a 21-11 win.
In the first semi final it was Bradford against Dunn with the latter taking a 13-11 lead before Bradford kicked into gear to take four consecutive two’s, then two singles to book his place in the final with a 21-13 victory.
In the other semi final between Teare and Lunn it was close throughout with the score going level at 17, 18, 19 and 20 with Lunn just holding on to win 21-20 to secure his place in the final.
In the final neither player was able to get a run with the jack early on in the game with the score tied at 7, 8, 9 and 10 before Bradford ruthlessly used his knowledge and experience to secure his third Jim Kernan win courtesy of three consecutive two’s, a single and two further two’s to run out with a 21-10 win for a deserved victory.
The presentation was made by South Ramsey Chairman Steve Moore, who thanked George Brew for his generous sponsorship, those who ran the competition, prepared the green, and anyone else who helped. Special thanks were also given to the Ladies who had put on a variety of hot and cold refreshments throughout the day.