BOWLS: RUGBY Bowls Club hosted the County Junior Singles day once again at the weekend, attracting some of the region’s most talented bowlers.
A total of 14 players took to the green on a typically sunny day – the number meant both Aiden Maries and Callum Huckfield received automatic byes to the second round.
Harry Billington got off to a good start against Mark Smith but the pair ended up trading blows, Billington leading 8-7.
Smith then won five consecutive ends to move to within four of victory, but Billington scored a brace of twos before Smith sealed his 21-12 win with a four.
Adam Smith went from five apiece in his tie against Daniel Ellicott to leading by seven.
Ellicott closed to gap to one but Smith reeled off a single and couple of twos to eventually win 21-15.
Craig Carter booked his place in the quarter finals with a 21-6 victory over Matthew King, the more experienced Carter dominating the tie though King can be please with taking a four.
Nothing could separate Ewan Mason and James Finch as they exchanged shots to reach 6-6, Mason then took control of the game taking the game 21-12.
Jordan Merrett eased his way passed Tom Wheeler 21-8 to secure a quarter final spot.
The tie of the round was the encounter between Jordan Ward and Luke Moore.
With twelve ends gone, Ward had a two shot advantage – but Moore doubled his tally over the next five ends.
Moore moved to a 19-12 lead but Ward cut the deficit to three.
Moore then took a single only for Ward to bring the scores back level.
In a winner takes all final end it was Ward who emerged victorious 21-20.
As a relative newcomer Aiden Maries struggled to score against Craig Carter, eventually losing 21-7.
Callum Huckfield raced into a 7-0 lead against Ewan Mason in the first semi final.
Three singles saw Huckfield secure the win with a 21-19 scoreline.
The third quarter final pitched brother against brother – Mark and Adam Smith both trying to make it through to the semis.
Mark had the upper hand, getting within two shots of victory but Adam took the score to 20-19 with a four.
Mark took the next end, the tie level 20 all, it was the older Smith and defending champion who took the single, Adam Smith winning 21-20.
Jordan Ward opened up a 9-2 lead before Jordan Merrett fought back to lead 15-14.
Ward then took a single and double to claim the final semi final berth, 21-18.
The semi finals will be played on Sunday, July 16, at Welford BC as part of the first County Semi Final day.