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Craw & Matt Win Club Major Pairs 2017

Matt & Craw Win Major Pairs 2017
Photograph:Peter Muir
Peter Muir, Sunday, 7 May 2017

Today Steve (Plum) Ashdown and Brad (Franko) Franklin last years winners were taking on Crawford Linton and Matt Blackburn in the Club Major Pairs. The game was played along side the Club Major Singles. As I said in the singles report it was a delightful day for bowls with the green running at around 16 seconds.

Craw and Matt were out of the starting blocks early streaking to a 9 shot lead after three ends.  Plum and Franko then applied the brakes. All the guys were playing fantastic draw bowl and the heads were understandably very tight. The following four ends were played over the next 90 minutes with each team grinding out 2 shots a piece, if they were down the end was killed. This was going to be a battle of attrition but played in the very best of spirit and good humour, it was also fun to watch.

At the half way mark Craw & Matt were leading 14 - 7 and always had the upper hand on the scoreboard that maintained the handy lead. So it was by 19 ends completed Craw & Matt were leading 19 - 10.

With four ends to go Plum & Franko picked up a couple only to see Craw & Matt snatch them back on the following end.

Plum & Franko picked up five over the next two ends but despite their determination they could not pull back the deficit, going down 21 - 17.

It was wonderful to see Club Patron Ray Venteman watching the games today and adding his encouragement to the great display of bowling. The game required a good five hours of concentration, good on you guys it was a great exhibition of our game.

Congratulations to Craw and Matt, winners of the Club Championship Pairs 2017.

Brad & Plum Rup Club Major Pairs 2017

Brad Plum Matt & Craw Comrades in Arms

Brad MP17

Matt MP17

Brad Craw & Plum MP17