Kelly Claims First Peel Town Cup

Peel Sunset Bowling club hosted the second men’s singles open competition of the 2020 season, attracting a good entry of 67 men for the ever popular Peel Town Cup. The condition of the green appears to heading in the right direction, with the surface being a lot smoother than last year.

With handicaps ranging from +3 to +9 it certainly made for an interesting day with some shock results. Continuing the trend of the previous week, a number of favourites lost out in the early rounds.

Losing out at the quarter-final stage were Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey), who was comfortably beaten 13-21 by home greener Dougie Allan, Mick Kavanagh (Peel) had his run ended by Neil Withers (Marown) 16-21, whilst Karl Parker (Marown) reached 17 before losing out to Tom Kelly (Peel). South Ramsey’s Stefan Kelly also battled well before losing out 17-21 to club mate Lee Dawson, who knows the Peel green well having played for Peel back in the 90’s.

In the semi-finals Withers ended the run of Dawson with a comfortable 21-15 win to take his place in the final whilst Tom Kelly got over the line 21-17 against club mate Dougie Allan.

The final was both players sixth game of the day, with Withers (+3) making his second final appearance in a week, however it was home greener Kelly (+4) who started well, taking five of the first seven ends to take a 10-5 lead, Withers responded to turn the game around at 14-12 over the next nine ends. Kelly dug deep to take control taking three doubles and three singles over the next nine ends, whilst keeping Withers down to three singles, Kelly ran out with a deserved 21-17 victory to claim his first Peel Town Cup and second open win in the space of a year.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by competition secretary Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, who thanked the sponsors IOM Seafoods for their support, the greenkeeper for the improvement in the green, everyone who had entered and the club members for assisting throughout the day. With over £500 paid out in prize money the winner was presented with the trophy and £180 first prize.