Dunn Wins Jim Kernan Cup

South Ramsey hosted the Jim Kernan Cup on Saturday afternoon, in what is traditionally the first of the pre-festival opens with a strong entry of 63. With heavy rain overnight and into the morning this took the pace out of the green, however it did help the competition finish at a reasonable time.

At the quarter final stage home greener Greg Barlow lost out 10-21 to Paul Dunn (Marown), club mates Matthew Keggen and Neil Withers (both Marown) faced each other with the latter winning 21-18. Visitor Wayne Jevons (Wirral) got the better of Finch Hill man Dave McCabe 21-14, whilst another visitor Steve Barber (Chapel Park) just got past Alan Moore 21-20.

In the semi-finals the two remaining locals faced each other, with Dunn up against Withers, as the former was quickest out of the blocks opting for a longer length to build up an eight point lead at 16-8. Withers responded to score eight of the next nine points to sit just one chalk behind at 16-17. Marown captain Dunn then finished the game off winning three of the next four ends to book his place in the final with a 21-17 win.

The second semi-final was also well contested between visiting bowlers Jevons and Barber, with the latter reaching the semi-final for a second consecutive year. The first 10 ends of the game saw just one double scored by Barber on the first end which put the score at 11-10. Jevons stepped up a gear to score four doubles to lead 20-13. Barber attempted to make a comeback with two doubles, however a great last bowl from Jevons with his opponent counting for two sealed a 21-17 win and his place in the final.

The final got underway with a crowd of almost 60 people still in attendance to see who would take home the trophy, it was local man Dunn who made the better start on a longer length to lead 11-6 after seven ends.

Merseyside man Jevons fought his way back into the game a shorter mark to sit just one point behind at 13-14. The Marown man rallied once more to see the game out with a single and three doubles to record a 21-13 victory and with it his second time of lifting the trophy, and follows on from his win in his last outing at Marown, Dunn is in fine form as we head into the festival and upcoming Manx Championship.

The presentation was made by South Ramsey chairman Steve Moore who thanked George Brew for once again sponsoring the competition, the ladies for providing the refreshments throughout the day, along with everyone who had helped with the running of the competition throughout the day. The prizes were then presented by George’s grandson Bailey.