Hammond and Thorpe secure bowls doubles title with ease

TONY HAMMOND and Anne Thorpe have won the bowler and non-bowler competition held in memory of Pat Sykes and Gary Wraith at Overthorpe Sports Club.

At the same event Chris Rose won the club’s singles tournament.

In the doubles Hammond and Thorpe played extremely well throughout the day, winning all three of their round robin matches, before defeating Michael Nutting and his young niece Lily Kenyon 21-15 in the final.

Earlier in the day Nutting and Lily Kenyon won a family affair, beating his mother Karen Nutting and Lily’s sister Rose Kenyon 21-10.

There was also a fine performance from one of Overthorpe’s newest recruits, Sharon Byrnes, and her partner Glen Dewhirst.

But Rose Kenyon dominated the singles competition with some superb bowling in what proved to be a fine competition.

Highlights included superb performances from two of Overthorpe’s younger bowlers, 15-year-old Mia Greenlees-Smith and 14-year-old Emily Wilson.

Rose defeated another youngster Charlie Ripley 21-8 in the first round ahead of a 21-9 victory over Nutting in round two. She followed that up with a comfortable 21-15 victory over Greenlees-Smith in the last four.

In the final Wilson defeated Tom Thorpe by the same score to collect the Gerald Ellis Trophy.

Thorpe, on his way to the final, beat his father Dave Thorpe 21-15 in round one and Alex Wolfenden 21-19 in the second round.

That was followed by a dominant 21-3 win over Heather Jewitt in his semi-final.

Earlier Greenlees-Smith beat Tony Hammond 21-20 before seeing off Emily Wilson by the same score.

Wilson herself overcame Mia’s father Jonny Smith by the narrowest of margins 21-20.

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