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OCEGO MAKES IT FOUR IN A ROW.

Last Thursday saw the finals of the Abel Cup Handicap held at Halton RBL and it was Neal Ocego (Pavilions A) taking the prize for the fourth year in a row.

The first semi saw Ocego take on Kevin Duncalf (Norley). It was nip and tuck in the early stages until the score reached 9-8 in Neals favour, it was at this point Neal raised his game and reeled off six doubles to run out the winner 21-08. The second semi paired section two player Mark Furber (Norton Arms A (2) against Rob Johnston (Pavilions A). This game was a good contest with Mark getting off to a good start to add to his 2 handicap and racing into an 8-2 lead after just 6 ends, but Rob improved his game and by the 15th end the scores were level at 10 across, the jack changed hands on a number of occasions before Rob went on to win 21-18. The final paired team colleagues Neal Ocego and Rob Johnston against each other and it was Neal that took the early initiative leading 8-4 after 8 ends. The pressure was on Rob to raise his game and by the 15th  end he had pulled it back 9-12 but there was no stopping Neal who was playing some great bowls and went on to win 21-12. League Secretary Pat Crowe thanked Halton for the use of their facilities and Graham Adams for his help. Pat congratulated the four players involved and  passed on his commiserations to Rob before congratulating Neal on his fourth Abel Cup win in a row.

Tonight (Thursday) sees the finals of the Jim Ainswortk Merit, the comp will take place at Pavilions No2 green 6-45 for a 7-00 start, the four players involved are Alan Briscoe (Pavilions A), John Rawlinson (Pavilions B), Gerald Merry and Kevin Duncalf (Norley).

On the league front the long awaited fixture between  second placed Pavilions A and table toppers Norley and it was Norley that ran out the winners 110-153 in a convincing manner losing just one game. Leading the way for Norley Peter Illidge 21-02 and Rob Winnington 21-08 only reply for Pavilions Jack Bushell 21-06. Third placed Castle SSC made up ground on the leaders with a full house 168-99 win over a weakened Halton RBL, best win on the night Matty Hamman 21-04.

Best win in section one last week, Peter Illidge (Norley) 21-02.

Section two leaders Red Lion continue to impress after a full house 168-59 win over local rivals Frodsam Cons, leading the way for Red Lion Tamsin Birkett and Hazel Williams both 21-04, Mike Clarke and Ken Hulmes both 21-06. Second placed Norton Arms A kept up their pursuit of the leaders with a 160-102 victory over Kingsley B, Terry Evans 21-04, Peter Goodwin 21-08 and Wayne Owen 21-09 led the way for the Arms best reply for Kingsley Robin Graham 21-13. Third placed Norton Arms B lost ground on their colleagues from the A team despite a 117-135 win at Overton, leading from the front for the Arms Marcus Solonecki and John Ellis both 21-06 and Joe Scott 21-07 best reply for Overton Colin Norton 21-07.

Best win in section two, Mike Couzens (War Memorial) 21-02.

Section three leaders Grapes ABC Taxis took on Pavilions D and just lost out 132-139 in a hard fought encounter leading the way for Pavilions Colette Bate 21-03 and Peter Dumbill 21-09 best reply for the Taxis Sam Henderson 21-12 and Gary Whelan 21-14. Second placed Grapes B travelled to take on fourth placed Crowton and came away with a 133-114 loss, best win s for Crowton Alistair Dalzell 21-07 and Ian Rigby 21-09 and replying for the Grapes Alf Russel 21-07 and Ray Shrimpton 21-10. Third placed Goshawk travelled to take on a weakened Willow Brook coming away with a 135-142 win, best win on the night went to the Brooks Adam Delooze 21-09.

Best win in section three, Colette Bate (Pavilions d) 21-03

Best win overall last week Peter Illidge and Mike  Couzens both 21-02 well don lads keep up the good work.

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