JACK DYSON won his third Griffin Sixteen of the season.
He was pushed all the way by club president Robbie Fitzpatrick, who narrowly missed out 21-19 in the final on becoming the first Liverpudlian ever to win a competition at the Colne Valley club.
The showpiece – sponsored by Steve Hirst – looked to be all over when Dyson powered into a 17-12 lead, but Fitzpatrick fought back to lead 19-17 and put himself within touching distance of the title.
But Dyson regained his composure to close it out with a couple of twos.
Fitzpatrick remains determined to join the Griffin winners’ list while everyone in the competition thanked greenkeeper Eddie Haigh for the magnificent condition of the surface.
Despite almost continuous rain in three days of the build-up, he had the green playing exceptionally well, and his care and skill was lauded by the whole field of players.
First round – Gareth McMahon 21 Paul Ingleby 20, Mark Wood 21 Tony Wilson 20, Jack Dyson 21 Mark Bramall 14, Dennis Tattersley 15 Mark Richardson 21, Brian Morley 18 Duncan Reeves 21, Steve Parkin 6 Robbie Fitzpatrick 21, Steve Hirst 20 Eddie Haigh 21, Donald Rae 21 Jamie Fitzpatrick 15.
Quarter-finals – McMahon 14 Wood 21, Dyson 21 Richardson 8, Reeves 19 Fitzpatrick 21, Haigh 21 Rae 14.
Semi-finals – Wood 11 Dyson 21, Fitzpatrick 21 Haigh 13.
Final – Dyson 21 Fitzpatrick 19.
PETER HOPKINSON is sponsoring this Sunday’s Sixteen which starts at 11am.
Draw (with odds in brackets):
Scott Fisher (9/4) v Dave Walkden (6), Roy Sutton (8) v John Ineson (25), Chris Davies (10) v Steve Pollard (33), Ray Whitwam (20) v John Abbott (25), Barry Gibson (25) v Dave Scott (6), George Fellows (33) v Tony Marren (5), Peter Hopkinson (20) v Peter Ramsden (33), Frank Greenwood (8) v Wayne Dews (6).