George Fellows and Ashley Daykin win Griffin Pairs

ASHLEY DAYKIN enjoyed a fantastic double at the Griffin Bowling Club.

ASHLEY DAYKIN enjoyed a fantastic double at the Griffin Bowling Club.

After landing the latest Sixteen title, the Yorkshire county player partnered George Fellows to glory in the Griffin Pairs final.

But there were some close calls for Daykin in both events.

In the Sixteen, sponsored by A and S Hirst, new young member Danny Radcliffe put up a superb performance in the first round to get to 20.

In fact, at 19s across, Radcliffe had one on with both Daykin’s woods four feet short, but he failed to make two and gave Daykin a crucial opening – which he took.

In the final against Mark Richardson, too, it was very close from 17s on, with Daykin just keeping the odd point in front to seal a 21-19 success.

In the Pairs, generously sponsored by Duncan Reeves and carrying a total prize pot of £650, Daykin and Fellows took the £220 first prize and trophy with a 21-16 success against Tony Marren and Richard Punshon.

Two fours helped Daykin and Fellows establish a lead and they were always at least five chalks in front to take a deserved success, but it was not so straightforward in their semi-final which went right to the wire.

Roy Sutton and John Ineson were level at 18s, only for Sutton to play a poor lead which allowed their opponents to get in and go on to the final.

On completion of the showpiece, club president Alan Hirst paid a big ‘thank you’ to the volunteer kitchen staff, to greenkeeper Eddie Haigh, club secretary Frank Greenwood for organising all the competitions and, most of all, to sponsor Reeves.

Sixteen result – First round: Danny Fountain 21 Alan Crowther 19, Nathan Haigh 21 Ian Haigh 15, Danny Radcliffe 20 Ashley Daykin 21, Ray Whitwam 21 Trevor Holmes 6, Richard Punshon 20 Dennis Tattersley 21, Mark Richardson 21 Peter Kain 18, Frank Greenwood 21 Terry Brook 9, Barry Tinker 19 Donald Rae 21.

Second round: Fountain 21 Haigh 20, Daykin 21 Whitwam 17, Tattersley 15 Richardson 21, Greenwood 21 Rae 7.

Semi-finals: Fountain 10 Daykin 21, Richardson 21 Greenwood 15.

Final: Daykin 21 Richardson 19.

Pairs result – Quarter-finals: Steve Hirst/Danny Fountain scr Tony Marren/Richard Punshon 21, Mark Wood/Graham Tandy 11 Duncan Reeves/Terry Brook 21, Roy Sutton/John Ineson 21 Jack Dyson/Nathan Haigh 16, Peter Hopkinson/Gary Siswick 13 George Fellows/Ashley Daykin 21.

Semi-finals: Marren/Punshon 21 Reeves/Brook 16, Sutton/Ineson 20 Fellows/Daykin 21.

Final: Marren/Punshon 16 Fellows/Daykin 21.

Sunday’s Sixteen is being sponsored by Chris Davies and play starts at 11am.

Draw (with odds in brackets): Richard Brook (7) v George Fellows (14), Graham Sigsworth (10) v Steve Parkin (33), Graham Tandy (25) v Gary Siswick (8), Ronnie Wormald (4) v Mark Sykes (12), Tony Marren (10) v Paul Ingleby (7), David Scott (12) v Mark Bramall (8), Peter Hopkinson (33) v Roy Sutton (10), Barry Gibson (20) v Duncan Reeves (6).

 
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