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Dave MacDermott takes Wirral Merit title
IN the final of the Wirral Merit, played on the green at Albany, Heswall's Dave MacDermott came back from the disappointment of losing in the final of the Merseyside Merit the previous evening to take the title by beating Geoff MacAdam.
In the semi final MacDermott had been far too good for Jamie Fitzpatrick while MacAdam had just got the better of Anthony Thompson.
The excellent final was always close but MacDermott clinched it with a 21-18 victory.
Results: Semi Finals: D.MacDermott 21, J. Fitzpatrick 08; G. MacAdam 21, A. Thompson 18; Final: MacDermott 21, MacAdam 18.
Wirral players had dominated the final stages of the Merseyside Merit played at the Moorfield Club in Widnes on SaturdaY.
In the semi finals Gladstone's John Finch beat West Kirby Victoria's John Lloyd while Heswall RBL's Dave MacDermott beat Danny Barwise, who plays for Kings 2000.
The final was very close but Finch held his nerve and took the title with a 21-19 win.
John Finch then went on to clinch a place in the finals of the Heswall Singles Tournament.
The finals of this Tournament, which has a total prize money of £2700, are taking place next Saturday, June 2, with a 1pm start and are sure to produce a feast of high class Crown Green Bowls.
Incidentally, Barwise later won at Waterloo beating Gary Ellis in the final.
Saturday is clearly going to be a very busy day as, apart from the event at Heswall, the finals of the Bebington League's George O'Neill Team Pairs Tournament is being played at Albany with a 1pm start.
The four semi-finalists are: Lever 'A' versus Bebington Park and Gladstone 'A' versus Neston.
Also on this day several local clubs will be involved in the preliminary rounds of the Cheshire Association's Norman Cup.
On Thursday the final of the Wallasey Association's Harold Jones Cup was played at Royden Hall.
After a great night of bowls played in beautiful conditions Upton Victory Hall's last four all won and enabled the team to claw back an 11 point deficit and claim victory over their first division rivals Quarry Vikings and in doing so win their first Wallasey Trophy.
For Upton the star performer was Jamie Fitzpatrick with a 21-04 win while for Quarry Vikings' Chris Barton had a 21-06 win.
On Friday, West Kirby Victoria showed that they intend to do all they can to hold on to their Birkenhead and Wirral first division title by taking a narrow 10 point away victory over one of their closest rivals Heswall RBL.
In the 'A' division of the Bebington League Gladstone are the only undefeated team and they have a two-point lead over the Lever Club.
The most remarkable performance over the weekend however happened at the at the Wirral Juniors tournament on Saturday at Cammell Lairds.
Incredibly the under 14 event was won by five-year-old Mike Cavanagh, who beat Zoe Stratton in the final. This lad must surely have a great future in the game.
The Under 18 event was won by Jamie Hankin who beat Ray Anderson in the final.
Under 14: Zoe Stratton 21, Mark Wood 18; Mike Cavanagh 21, Jake McElnay 13. Final: Cavanagh 21, Stratton 12.
Under 18: Jamie Hankin 21, Daniels Jeffries 16; Ray Anderson 21, Thomas Raybould 15. Final: Hankin 21, Anderson 10.