Bowls: Sneddon wins in style

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TANFIELD star Andy Sneddon was in sparkling form to score a commanding 21-6 victory over Mike Burns of Northern BC in the Singles discipline of the District 14 finals of the national bowling championships played at Maitland.

It only took Sneddon a quick 13 ends to emulate his District champion success of 2011, yet a bright start from Burns saw the 44-year-old Tanfield club champion trail 6-2 before finding top gear and accelerating to 21 with a devastating run of 3, 2, 1, 3, 3, 1, 3 and 3.

“Once Sneds mastered the line and length of a good paced green he served up a masterful display that was a treat for the large crowd to watch,” commented District 14 secretary Stuart McFarlane.

Kerr McKail of Summerside – last year’s winner of the E&L Fleming Trophy – had experience in his favour against 16-year-old emerging star Dean Mackintosh of London Road Foundry in the Junior Singles and it proved to be a vital weapon.

McKail powered to a 21-10 win in 18 ends, having fired up his challenge with an opening blitz of 2, 2, 1, 2, 1 (1), 2, 2, 2 to have Mackintosh at his mercy 14-1, then at 18-10 landed a 1, 2 knockout blow.

A cracking encounter in the Pairs saw the scales tip in favour of Craigentinny duo Kevin Hunter and Andrew Caldwell at the 16-10 expense of Tanfield challengers Alex Thompson and Graeme McIntosh.

Peels were called at 7 and 9 before Craigentinny made telling space to 14 with a run of 1, 1 and 3 then survived three burnt end strikes delivered in desperation by McIntosh.

Summerside celebrated a second success with the exciting form of Grant Abercromby, Mark Fyffe and Keith Taylor sparking the celebrations with an 18-8 win over Postal trio John Smith, Christian Berra, and Martin McVey in the Triples.

The final of the Fours became a memorable one for the Ramsay clan of father Ian and his three sons Gavin, Craig and John who had the Leith support singing their praises with an excellent win over Tanfield.

The Leith rink lined up as marginal underdogs against EBL Division 1 stars Stuart McKean, Stuart Campbell, Bob White and David Snodgrass, but belied that with a great start to lead 7-3, 11-4, and 14-5.

Tanfield did show menace by closing to 16-14 playing the last but the jubilant Ramsays clinched their place on the national stage at Ayr Northfield with a single to win 17-14.