Warwick and Worcester won their 10th Senior County Championship crown but this was their closest ever win, by just one chalk! It took last man hero Phil Clinton to bring it home, beating a foot lead of his opponent Jonny Sneddon at 19-18 up to seal the win.
The first four started well for Warwick and Worcester at Moor Lane, with Gareth Herbert converting a 12-1 lead into a 21-6 win, as well as Elliot McGuinness adding a 7 card after running out from about 7 across. But Chris Brown won 15 to keep the deficit at 27. Over in South Yorkshire, the first four was shared with Paul Wildgoose the best 10 for the home side and Tom Palmer replying with an 11 card, to keep the lead to just 4 shots to South Yorkshire. Into the middle at Moor Lane and Ross Meese’s 6 win, after keeping it simple, started to swing the tie towards South Yorkshire, as well as Andrew Whitaker winning 12 and Barry Connolly coming back from 19-15 down to win 20, which reduced the home side’s lead to just 10, despite Greg Smith winning 13. At Millhouses Park and it was 2 winners apiece again, with Ant Bracken using his experience for Warwick and Worcester to win 12, and Chris Kelly the best for the home side 15, from around 15-6 down. It was now just 2 shots in favour of the home side, but 8 overall to Warwick and Worcester.
At Moor Lane and Tom Pritchard flew off winning 8 for the home side, but Barry Maskell found himself 16-11 down and Mark Booth was leading 15-2 for the visitors. Barry came back to win 19 but Mark Booth won 9 for South Yorkshire, which meant it was 13 in favour of Warwick and Worcester there after 11 games off. Over at Millhouses Park and Ryan Clark won 15 and Andrew Sorsby 16 for the home side, but Pete Dunkley won 18 for the visitors to mean it was an advantage of 10 to South Yorkshire. Richard Jackson then ran out from 20-17 down to keep South Yorkshire in it, as there was now just 2 in it with Phil Clinton 18-16 up on Jonny Sneddon. Phil then scored one which meant they had at least the draw, and had one bowl a foot or so away next end for the game. But Jonny then ran the block through to score one, and then another single the next end to make it 18-19. He lead one next end within a foot up the hill, but Phil beat it, and Jonny was unable to play it out, meaning Warwick and Worcester had won Jonny then did run out in the next two ends to make it an one chalk win to the now 10 times champions.
|Moor Lane Bowling Club, Moor Lane S & S Center, , B6 7AA||Millhouses Park No1 Green, Abbeydale Road South Sheffield, S7 2QS|
|W||Warwick & Worcester||For||Ag||SouthYorkshire||L||W||SouthYorkshire||For||Ag||Warwick & Worcester||L|
|1||Lee Kington||15||21||Chris Brown||Peter Worfolk||18||21||Ross Dunkley||1|
|2||Ryan Prosser||21||17||Richard Atkin||Matthew Bower||11||21||Tom Palmer||2|
|3||Gareth Herbert||21||6||Paul Bailey||Andrew Turner||21||15||Adam Patrick||3|
|4||Elliot Mcguiness||21||7||David Poole||Paul Wildgoose||21||10||Josh Hale||4|
|5||Neil Clarke||20||21||Barry Connolly||Chris Kelly||21||15||Mitchell Harvey||5|
|6||Adam Kirby||6||21||Ross Meese||Nick White||12||21||Anthony Bracken||6|
|7||Andy Saunders||12||21||Andrew Whitaker||Glyn Davies||19||21||Jason Galvin||7|
|8||Greg Smith||21||13||Kevin Nixon||Jack Clarke||21||18||Ben Harris||8|
|9||Tom Pritchard||21||8||Joe Westall||Ryan Clark||21||15||Jack Whitehead||9|
|10||Barry Maskell||21||19||Dean Missere||Richard Jackson||21||20||Steve Darling||10|
|11||Paul Hemming||9||21||Mark Booth||Gary Hanson||18||21||Peter Dunkley||11|
|12||Phil Clinton||20||21||Jonathan Sneddon||Andrew Sorsby||21||16||Carl Fielding||12|
|6||Aggregate +12||208||196||Aggregate –12||6||7||Aggregate +11||225||214||Aggregate –11||5|
|11||Points 2 (+1)||422||421||Points 0||13|
Thanks to those who took the pictures below:
The away side celebrate their triumph.
The home side celebrate their success with the Crosfield Cup as presented by BCGBA President Keith Andrews.