Louis Ridout is Bowls England National Men’s Singles champion

Devon’s Louis Ridout won the Bowls England Men’s National Singles Championship, sponsored by Avonmore Associates.

The Kings BC ace defeated Essex’s Andrew Squire from Maldon BC in a thrilling final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Trailing 14-11 after 17 ends, Ridout won seven of the last eight ends to claim the title.

In his winners’ speech, Ridout took the opportunity to ask long-time playing partner Sam Tolchard to be his ‘best man’ at his forthcoming wedding to girlfriend Kellie – and Sam said ‘yes’.

Results:

Quarter-Finals:
Andrew Squire (Maldon, Essex) bt Andrew Walters (Worcester, Worcs) 21-15;
Darren Childs (Northampton West End, N’hants) bt Steve Marrett (Halls, Kent) 21-8;
David Bolt (Silksworth, D’ham) bt Vincent O’Neill (Middlesbrough, Yorks) 21-12;
Louis Ridout (Kings, Devon) bt Roger Kendrick (VCD, Kent) 21-16;

Semi-Finals:
Andrew Squire (Maldon, Essex) bt Darren Childs (Northampton West End, N’hants) 21-17;
Louis Ridout (Kings, Devon) bt David Bolt (Silksworth, D’ham) 21-16;

Final:
Louis Ridout (Kings, Devon) bt Andrew Squire (Maldon, Essex) 21-16;

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