Bowls: Brooke's anguish at double whammy

Vets Plate Winner David Pearson, marker club chairman Roy Colebourn and runner-up Graham Instone

Marker Ian Farrar, Vets Singles winner Dave Dale and runner-up Graham Brooke

Gents Singles winner Phil Herridge, Club Chairman Roy Colebourn and runner up Graham Brooke

Gents Singles Plate runner-up John Jennison, Club Chairman Roy Colebourn and winner Jack Woodworth

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York’s domestic finals got underway with the Club holding their Singles Finals day; Graham Brooke had capped an excellent season by getting through to both the Gents and Vets finals and played Dave Dale who was on top form once again didn’t let Brooke get into the game as he took the Vets title 21-6.

Brooke later on faced Phil Herridge in the Gents title and the match looked to be going the same way as his earlier game when he found himself 8-3 down but he came back and with the score standing at 15-13 the game could have gone either way.

A three then a two to Herridge meant one more shot would give him the title but once again Brooke came back with two two’s only to drop the all important single to give Phil Herridge his first Gents Singles title 21-17.

The Under 25`s Final was always going to be an interesting game as Zoe Eagles and John Harris were competing against each other and both were in excellent form with some amazing bowling but it was the England International Zoe Eagles who picked up a single then a three to win 21-20.

Another promising youngster Jack Woodworth won the Gents Plate; leading 11-8 Woodworth was on the verge of the title success when he extended his lead to 19-8 but John Jennison came back well to 20-14 before Woodworth picked up the all important single.

Pauline Cooper looked to be coasting through the Ladies Over 55`s Final as she led 14-7 against Pam Richardson, who was appearing in her first singles final after joining the Club last season, but the game changed as Richardson stepped up a gear, winning six successive ends to take the title 21-14.

Graham Instone led 15-9 in the Vets Plate before Dave Pearson won six successive ends to take a 16-15 lead only for Instone to win three ends himself to lead 19-16 but again Pearson came back and took the title with a single and two two’s 21-19.

The Ladies Singles Final between Zoe Eagles and Hayley Macdonald has been arranged for tonight, starting at 6.30pm.

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