ANDY FARMER, of Thongsbridge, will attempt a rare double when he bids to retain the prestigious Huddersfield Merit title.
The experienced bowler from South Yorkshire beat Adam Douglas 21-9 in last year’s final at Kirkheaton Cricket and Bowling Club.
And, if the self-employed painter and decorator, triumphs in the TJ Garden Products-sponsored event, he will join a rare group to have won back-to-back titles.
According to records, the first player to do the double was L Kilner in 1923 and 1924, then A Howlett in 1950 and 1951 and, more recently, Mark Sykes won in 1993 and 1994 beating Clinton Hey and Tony Young respectively.
The last player to achieve the double was Ashley Daykin who won the Huddersfield Merit in 2001 and 2002.
Rastrick Bowling Club hosts this Sunday’s showdown (start 2.00) and the last time the club staged the final was in 2007, when Netherton ace Daykin beat Jack Dyson.
In fact experienced Daykin will be striving for a fifth success in Huddersfield’s premier event.
Along with the beautiful trophy, the winner receives £250, and players should remember ‘dress to impress’ with Laurie Hopkins Menswear once again proving a £50 voucher for best dressed bowler.