Mark Wood won the Bernard Sigsworth Memorial Trophy competition at the Griffin Bowling Club – taking out a string of county bowlers along the way and despite helping in the club’s catering department!
Landing his first major of the 2013-14 winter season, Wood defeated Steven Hirst 31-18 in the showpiece before receiving the prestigious prize from Mrs Margaret Sigsworth.
Wood got off to a flier in the final and was leading 14-4 at the 11th end. Hirst then hit back, scoring 14 to Wood’s five and, at the 25th end, there was only one in it at 19-18.
At that point, however, Wood got in and scored a 12 break to secure the silverware.
Club president Alan Hirst thanked greenkeeper Eddie Haigh, kitchen staff Wendy and Mark Wood (part-time, too busy bowling!) and then related the thanks of all Griffin members to Mrs Sigswortth and Graham Sigsworth for their generous support of what is the premier competition on the Griffin calendar.
Mrs Sigsworth presented the prize monies and trophy and the winner endorsed all Hirst had said, also stating he was still shaking and had not fully recovered from the victory, having beaten three current and former Yorkshire County players on the way,
Finally Wood stressed the importance of sponsorship to the Griffin and again thanked the Sigsworths.
Quarter-finals: Steven Hirst 31 Mark Bramall 17, Peter Kain 13 Gary Siswick 31, Andy Smith 18 Dave Scott 31, Mark Wood 31 Ashley Daykin 23.
Semi-finals: Hirst 31 Siswick 17, Scott 20 Wood 31.
Final: Hirst 18 Wood 31.
Draw for the next Sixteen, sponsored by Alan Crowther (11am), with odds in brackets: Ray Whitwam (7/2) v Mick HIggins (10), Barry Tinker (25) v Frank Greenwood (14), Duncan Reeves (6) v Andy Tate (10), Donald Rae (12) v Barry Gibson (20), Richard Punshon (33) v Jack Dyson (9/4), Steve Parkin (33) v Alec Byrnes (16), Mark Wood (9/2) v Peter Kain (10), Gary Siswick (7) v Danny Radcliffe (20).
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