Two On The Trot For Withers & Dunn

Peel hosted the Lancaster Cup men’s doubles on a fine Saturday afternoon on a vastly improved playing surface with 30 pairs taking part.

At the end of the competition it was the Marown duo of Paul Dunn and Neil Withers (+3) who carried on their good run of form seeing off the Douglas pairing of Paul Cowley and Bob Callow (+8) who had performed brilliantly throughout the entire day to reach the final and can be proud of their efforts with Cowley leading well at the front and Callow pulling out some great bowls at the back, however the Marown pairs quality came through with some good lead bowls and strikes which came off recovering from a 3-10 deficit to ensure they took a 21-15 victory in the final. The winning pair received the Lancaster Cup and shared the £200 first prize, whilst the runners up could console themselves with £100 between them.

Losing out in the semis to the winners were the heavily fancied Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey) and Bob Clark (Castletown) with the score tied at 10-10 before eventually losing out 13-21, whilst in the other semi it was the end of the challenge from Dave McCabe (Finch Hill) and Nathan Cooil (Castletown) to Cowley and Callow 10-21.

Falling at the quarter final stages were last weeks Mooragh Park winners Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) 19-21 to McCabe and Cooil, home pair Andrew Cover and David Proctor lost 20-21 to Cowley and Callow, whilst another home pairing Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton and Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk lost 17-21 to Dunn and Withers. Onchan men Neil Dunwell and Mike Thomas were defeated 16-21 by Kelly and Clark.

The presentation was made by Peel Bowling Club chairman Dougie Allan, who thanked the sponsor David Lancaster, the team who ran the competition and all the club members who had helped throughout the day.