Bushby pair clinch first major title with Wilf Shaw final win

Crown Green Bowls Wilf Shaw Competition finalists and winners. Left to right finalists Josh Coker and Adam Varley, with winners James and Carl Bushby. (S)
Crown Green Bowls Wilf Shaw Competition finalists and winners. Left to right finalists Josh Coker and Adam Varley, with winners James and Carl Bushby. (S)

Almscliffe father and son pairing Carl and James Bushby celebrated a fantastic achievement this week as they clinched their first major title by winning the Wilf Shaw Pairs competition at Low Harrogate, writes Ian Kennedy.

With over 20 pairs entering, the Bushbys got off to a flying start beating last year’s finalists Mark Holmes and Ray Milner in the first round.

In the second half of the draw young stars Josh Coker (Dragon) and Adam Varley (Pateley) got off to an equally good start.

With each team progressing steadily through to the semi-finals Bushby & Bushby faced a difficult tie against local bowlers Myra and Dennis Humpleby but continued their excellent form of the day to progress into the final.

In the second semi-final Coker & Varley faced a difficult game against top bowler Brian Walker and son Stephen.

The Walkers took early control of the game and looked good for a win, but Coker and Varley fought right down to the wire, earning a fantastic win to grab a place in the final.

After a long but exciting day, Carl and James Bushby held their nerve to take the much deserved title.

Congratulations go not only to the winners and finalists, but also to all competitors.

Special congratulations and thanks also go to Low Harrogate Secretary Mrs Carol Hawkins and her team of helpers and club members for running this fantastic event.

Back in the league, Wayside held onto top spot in Division One after a tough game against Bilton WMC ended in a 6-4 win.

Skipper Steve Cochrane led by example with a great 21-1 win.

Title challengers Black Swan proved they were firmly back on track with an excellent 7-3 win at Knaresborough Lions.

Dave Rowson put in yet another fine display winning 21-7.

Almscliffe Climbers showed very good form once again after gaining five winners against a strong Bilton Centurion team.

A top display by Chris England 21-9 helped Centurions secure the aggregate with the match points shared five a piece.

Bardsey beat Low Harrogate 7-3 despite the excellent efforts of home bowler Myra Humpleby 21-5.

Swan B’s good season continues with a 7-3 win over Starbeck.

John Gibbins 21-2, Richard Hebblewhite 21-6 and Don Rider 21-8 were the best of the home players with Ian McLeod 21-9 the best visitor.

Wayside Wanderers hold on to top spot in Division Two after beating Dacre Eagles 7-3 (Stuart Aitkinson 21-9).

Pateley Bridge remain on their heels after beating Knaresborough Tigers 6-4.

Bardsey Ospreys enjoyed another good win as Carol Cocker 21-1 led them to an 8-2 victory over Bilton WMC.

Wetherby Knights beat Starbeck 7-3 but result of the week was reserved for for Bilton Trojans who gained an excellent 9-1 win over stablemates Bilton Spartans.

In Division Three, Dacre beat Collingham 7-3 (Jim Hobson 21-6, Les Hardcastle 21-6, Jeff Ellis 21-9 Margaret Peel 21-9).

Bernard Ellis 21-3, Simon Hodgson 21-5 and John Rowson 21-9 helped Black Swan to a win over Low Harrogate by the same margin.

Ray Pullan was the best of the visitors with a 21-8 win. Starbeck were in fine form as they beat Boston Spa 8-2 despite the good efforts of Leo Wynzar 21-9.

Knaresborough Badgers put in a powerhouse home display to beat Pateley Bridge 9-1.

David Wood 21-5, Bernard Mynette 21-8 and Milcolm Hughes 21-9 all bowled very well for the Badgers with Joan Hackney again proving Pateley’s best player with a 21-8 win.

Low Harrogate were the best of the week in Division Four as they beat Bardsey Merlins 9-1.

Carol Hawkins was the best homster of the night with a 21-6 result, bettered by visitor Suzanne Tobin as she won 21-5.

Dacre beat Knaresborough 7-3 (Audrey Hodgson 21-8) and Pateley beat Bilton Corinthians 7-3. It was a popular score this week as Almscliffe also beat Wetherby 7-3.

In Division Five Collingham beat Low Harrogate 7-3 despite the efforts of visitors Bernie Pouter 21-7 and Alan Westerman 21-8.

Almscliffe Stragglers beat Starbeck 7-3 helped largely by Richard Garnet, Richard Chester and Jean Harron, all 21-9.

Tonight sees the final of Herald Cup with Wayside Travellers facing Black Swan in what is sure to be a very exciting final at Starbeck, starting at 6.45pm.

lHARROGATE Bowling Club celebrated the Royal Wedding by running a ‘Wedding Day Roll Up”’well attended by members, who all enjoyed the half-time wedding cake and drinks as well as the bowling.

The following day, was the club’s Annual Open Day, the busiest ever with almost 40 prospective new members coming along to try their hand at flat green bowling.

For anyone who was unable to make the open day, there will be coaching sessions at Ebor Rise at 9.45am every Tuesday thoughout the summer.

See the club’s website www.harrogatebowlingclub.org.uk for more details.