Nicola lifts ladies title by beating red-hot favourite

Robert Lloyd won the gents singles title.
Robert Lloyd won the gents singles title.
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Nicola Portman defied the odds to win the ladies individual title at Castleford and District Crown Green Bowling Association’s annual festival at Pontefract Bowling Club.

The eight finalists included red-hot favourite Maureen Chambers and county players Amanda Hagen and Lyn Dye.

But Portman - daughter of highly experienced bowlers Steve and Karen Portman - upset the formbook to lift the title, beating Chambers in the final.

In her first match, Portman defeated Hagen 21-17 and then overcame the vastly experienced Pat Walton 21-15.

The final produced a thrilling match.

Trailing 15-14, Portman won the jack and then played superbly to emerge the winner 21-15.

Her father Steve won the gents pair title playing with Ryan Lloyd. They beat Jake Durham and Danny Revell 21-18 in the final.

Ryan Lloyd’s father Robert won the gents individual championship.

Christine Sutcliffe (Methley) and Nicole Farrar (Garforth Rec) lifted the ladies pairs title.

Maureen Chambers and regular playing partner Stuart Thompson won the festival’s final event, the mixed pairs.

Association president and festival organiser Dennis Metcalfe was disappointed with the attendances at the two-day festival but he added: “The bowling was of a very high standard and the matches were played in the true spirit of the game.

“The losers were those who didn’t bother to turn up.”

Organisers thanked Pontefract Bowling Club for use of their excellent facilities, ladies for first-class catering arrangements, gents for all their hard preparation work, bar staff, members, players and committee, the greenkeeper and main festival sponsors McTigue’s Funeral Directors.

Festival results:

Ladies individual - Quarterfinals: Amanda Hagen 17, Nicola Portman 21; Pat Walton 21, Nicola Eustace 16; Lyn Dye 21, Lisa Thompson 15; Maureen Chambers 21, Pat Stewart 3. Semi-finals: Portman 21, Walton 15; Dye 15, Chambers 21. Final: Portman 21, Chambers 15.

Gents pairs - Quarterfinals: Steve Portman & Ryan Lloyd 21, Jeff Shipley & Neil Richardson 17; Dennis Hogg & John Swales 9, David Dalton & Michael Wood 21; Robert Lloyd & Stuart Thompson 20, Jake Durham & Danny Revell 21; Ted Parker & Paul Baddeley 21, Chris Young & Bob Cheney 19. Semi-finals: Portman & Lloyd 21, Dalton & Wood 19; Durham & Revell 21, Parker & Baddeley 16. Final: Portman & Lloyd 21, Durham & Revell 18.

Ladies pairs - Quarterfinals: Karen Portman & Nicola Portman 10, Nicole Farrar & Christine Sutcliffe 21; Sarah Hill & Jennifer Hill 16, Jan Collinson & Eunice Riding 21;Pat Walton & Gwen Hopps walk-over v Doreen Mattison & Thelma Newbould; Maureen Chambers & Lisa Thompson 14, Sheila Proberts & Pat Batty 21. Semi-finals: Sutcliffe & Farrar 21,. Collinson & Riding 2; Walton & Hopps 14, Proberts & Batty 21. Final: Sutcliffe & Farrar 21, Proberts & Batty 12.

Gents individual - Quarterfinals: Stuart Thompson 21, Andy Webb 11; Ray Robbins 21, Craig Newton 15; Robert Lloyd 21, David Thomas 18; Mark Brain 21, Ryan Lloyd 11. Semi-finals: Thompson 14, Robbins 21; Robert Lloyd 21, Mark Brain 14. Final: Robbins 16, Robert Lloyd 21.

Mixed pairs - Quarterfinals: Mark Mace & Nicola Portman 21, Andy Webb & Amanda Hagen 14; Stuart Thompson & Maureen Chambers 21, David Thomas & Karen Hill 10; David Dalton & Margaret Croxall 21, Malcolm Greenwood & Sheila Proberts 8; Ted Parker & Nicola Eustace 20, Mark Harrap & Kayleigh Kinsey 21. Semi-finals: Mace & Portman 14, Thompson and Chambers 21; Dalton & Croxall 21, Harrap & Kinsey 14. Final: Thompson & Chambers 21, Dalton & Croxall 11.

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