Somerset win men’s pairs and Ed Morris takes two wood crown

Somerset’s Neil Williams and Sam Steel from Watchet BC won the 2018 Bowls England Men’s National Pairs Championship, sponsored by Bowling Abroad.

They defeated Mark Jones and Mark Dunne from West End BC, Surrey in the final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Both pairs reached the final after victory on an extra end in their semi-final matches – both finishing 18-18 after 21 ends of play.

Williams and Steel defeated Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett from Headington BC, Oxfordshire, whilst Jones and Dunne recorded a victory over Dave Godwin and Steve Snell from Royal Wootton Bassett BC, Wiltshire.

West End, Surrey, (M Dunne) bt Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts, (S Snell) 19-18;
Watchet, Somerset, (S Steel) bt Headington, Oxon, (M Charlett) 19-18

Watchet, Somerset, (S Steel) bt West End, Surrey, (M Dunne) 19-12


Essex’s Edward Morris won the 2018 Men’s National Two-Wood Singles Championship, sponsored by the Friends of English Bowling.

The 30-year-old, from Essex County BC, defeated Hampshire’s Peter Ward from Sports Centre Southampton BC on an extra end.

Morris trailed 10-13 with three ends to play and collected three singles to take it to an extra end.

In the semi-finals, Morris defeated Norfolk’s Peter Wilkinson and Ward defeated Worcestershire’s Steve Poyner.

Edward Morris (Essex County, Essex) bt Philip Russell (Welwyn & District, Herts) 17-5;
Peter Wilkinson (County Arts, N’folk) bt Rob Dodds (Southey, Surrey) 16-11;
Steve Poyner (Vines Park, Worcs) bt Anthony Booth-Young (Bolton, Lancs) 16-11;
Peter Ward (Sports Centre, Southampton, Hants) bt Simon Barnard (Taunton, S’Set) 15-14;

Edward Morris (Essex County, Essex) bt Peter Wilkinson (County Arts, N’folk) 15-9;
Peter Ward (Sports Centre, Southampton, Hants) bt Steve Poyner (Vines Park, Worcs) 15-7

Edward Morris (Essex County, Essex) bt Peter Ward (Sports Centre, Southampton, Hants) 14-13

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