Portman and Walton are pairs champions

Steve Portman and Pat Walton beat Alan Box and Christine Lynch 21-9 in the final.
Steve Portman and Pat Walton beat Alan Box and Christine Lynch 21-9 in the final.

Castleford Veterans Bowling Association held their final competition of the season with the Brian and Sheila Mercer sponsored mixed pairs tournament which was held at Pontefract BC over two days.

Steve Portman won his second veterans title of the season when he and partner Pat Walton beat Alan Box and Christine Lynch 21-9 in the final.

It looked like Steve and Pat were heading for a runaway victory when they led 17-0. Alan and Christine then opened their account with a three, only to drop a three at the following end, leaving them trailing 20-3.

They pulled back six more points before Steve and Pat got their final point.

Both finalists had hard games in the semi-finals.

Steve and Pat beat home bowlers Brian Riddiough and Margaret O’Donovan 21-17 and Alan and Christine defeated Geoff Robinson and Val Bradshaw 21-15.

RESULTS -Quarterfinals: S Portman/P Walton 21, K Curry/L Dye 4; B Riddiough/M O’Donovan 21, D Birch/M Boyes 15; G Robinson/V Bradshaw 21, A Wilson/J Thompson 20; A Box/C Lynch 21, D Dobson/D Mattison 16. Semi-finals: S Portman/P Walton 21, B Riddiough/MO’Donovan 17; G Robinson/V Bradshaw 15, A Box/C Lynch 21. Final: S Portman/ P Walton 21, A Box/C Lynch 9.