Clark Wins Ken Williamson Cup
After a week of Festival Bowls an entry of 27 took part in the Ken Williamson Memorial Cup. Ken was a popular player amongst the bowling community. As the sun shone this helped to quicken the pace of the Onchan green as the day went on.
The winner was Bob Clark who defeated South Ramsey teammate Glynn Hargraves 21-16 in the final to win the competition for a second time, with the first title being won in 2010 as a 17-year-old.
With Clark winning the coin toss, he headed for a mark that had served him well throughout the day to take an early 8-4 lead after three ends. On the fourth end Hargraves got his first points on the board, with Clark lying two a good last bowl won the end. A further two singles followed, with Clark getting back in he headed for his favoured mark. With Clark lying two Hargraves somewhat fortuitously grabbed the jack to make two and level proceedings up at 9-9.
Playing a fair length on a straight mark Hargraves put up a good lead, however Clark played a great first bowl which his opponent was unable to take out.
From there it became clear that both players were playing better to each others jack.
With Hargraves leading 11-10 a good lead bowl was beaten by Clark, with Hargraves just going through the gap with his second bowl the game was tied at 11-11.
The pair were tied once more at 13-13, with Hargraves playing two good bowls on a big round peg, with Clark’s last bowl being played to perfection to win the end and lead 14-13. The pair went level again at 14-14. Clark won the next two ends to lead 16-14 and was counting for one only for Hargraves to play Clark’s bowl out cleanly to sit one point behind at 15-16.
Clark then stepped up a gear to pick up a double and a single to lead 19-15. As Clark headed for a longer mark Hargraves picked up a single. With a last throw of the dice Hargraves opted for distance, however left ample room for Clark to play two good bowls to finish the game off with a 21-16 victory.
Clark had been in good form throughout the day on his way to victory as he navigated his way through five tough games to take a deserved win.
Losing out at the semi-final stage were Peter Jones (Marown) who was beaten 12-21 by Clark, whilst Hargraves ended the run of Port Erin’s Bernie Durcan with a 21-13 win to take his place in the final.
Falling at the quarter final stage were Matthew Quirk (Onchan) 14-21 to Clark, Lee Dawson (South Ramsey) was defeated 13-21 to Jones, Pete Collins (Port St Mary) reached the end of the road as Durcan won 21-13, whilst Hargraves beat Finch Hill man Dave McCabe 21-9.
The presentation was made by Kevin Quirk with thanks given to Mark Kelly for running the competition and to the ladies for putting on refreshments. Ken Williamson’s niece Diane Crossley was then introduced to present the prizes.