Kerruish Springs ‘Surprise’

Marown Bowling Club hosted the Henry Kissack Memorial Trophy on Saturday attracting an entry of 42.

The eventual winner in a keenly contested final was Onchan’s Phil Kerruish who beat home greener Colin Kelly 21-17. Kelly would have been hot favourite on his own green, however Kerruish used all his experience to keep Kelly at bay by ‘splitting’ the green to keep Kelly out of the corners early in the game. Neither player was able to build a big lead on the other, however it was Kerruish who got ahead at 18-15 before gifting Kelly a two, only to hit back with a good two to lead 20-17. On the last end Kerruish played a good second bowl to count one, which Kelly couldn’t beat allowing Kerruish to pull off a great win.

Losing out to Kerruish in the semi-final was Edward Carlyle (South Ramsey) who was just edged out 19-21, with Carlyle having performed well to dispose of club mate David Bradford in the quarter finals. Colin Kelly’s semi-final was more comfortable winning 21-10 against Peel’s David Proctor, who put out home greener Neil Withers in the previous round 21-20. Withers fought back from 14-20 to level the scores at 20-20 and put up a good lead. Proctor held onto his nerve to play a good first bowl, which Withers was unable to beat for Proctor to book his place in the semi-finals.

The presentation was made by Neil Withers who thanked all the Marown members for assisting throughout the day & the ladies for providing the refreshments. When accepting the trophy Phil Kerruish expressed there was nobody more surprised than himself at winning the trophy!