Andrea Buckley wins Enid Blackburn Memorial Trophy for third time
CORNER bowling came to the rescue as Andrea Buckley came from 13-15 down to beat Cath Townend 21-16 in the final of the Enid Blackburn competition at Lindley BC.
Andrea had to dig deep in an exciting final that concluded at 11.15pm to pick up the £240 first prize and trophy for the third time.
In the semi-final the Meltham bowler beat county colleague Lisa Rice from Leeds 21-16, while Cath beat Linthwaite Hall’s Carron McGrath 21-14 at the same stage.
Andrea thanked the Blackburn family for their support and said how much she had enjoyed playing at Lindley, which she said was like bowling on a snooker table.
First round: Carol Harpin (New Mill) 11 Jacquie Roper (Meltham) 21, Joan Wrigley (Marsh United) 19 Cath Townend (Linthwaite C&BC) 21, Carron McGrath (Linthwaite Hall) 21 Irene Crowther (Lockwood Con) 13, Linda Gledhill (New Mill) 21 Marie Nicholson (Meltham) 17, Suzi Ladbroke (Lockwood Con) 9 Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse) 21, Lisa Rice (Leeds) 21 Christine Kaye (Cowcliffe) 11, Laura Middleton (Meltham) 16 Julie Mallinson (Outlane) 21, Julia Naylor (Cowcliffe) 6 Andrea Buckley (Meltham) 21.
Second round: Roper 18 Townend 21, McGrath 21 Gledhill 13, Bray 13 Rice 21, Mallinson 19 Buckley 21.
Semi-final: Townend 21 McGrath 14, Rice 16 Buckley 21.
Final: Townend 16 Buckley 21.
DEBBIE DAVIES of Pudsey BC became the new Yorkshire Ladies champion when she beat Helen Gilroy (Eccleshill and Cowcliffe Lib) 21-12 in the final of the Hyman Morris Trophy competition at West Park, Bradford.
Both finalists are teammates in the Yorkshire County Ladies away team.
There was excellent bowling throughout the day, but Debbie maintained her consistently high standard.
In the final Helen started well by scoring the first four points, but Debbie went into the lead at 7-4 and maintained the edge running to game from 15-12.
In the semi-finals Debbie beat fellow county teammate Sharon Gadd (West Park) 21-13 and Helen beat the home county player, Karen Gant (Meltham) 21-14.
Debbie and five of the remaining top players in the event will go forward to the British Crown Green Ladies final in July at Stoke.