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Knapper takes the Crown

24th August, 2019 by Alistair Hollis

The Royal County of Berkshire were crowned National Triples Champions this afternoon following an enthralling final end decider amongst a packed crowd 16-13.

Scott Winskill, Mark Hancock and Andrew Knapper from the Tilehurst Bowls Club in Berkshire defeated Kevin Harrison, Mark Irwin and Stuart Irwin, from Aspatria BC, Cumbria 16-13.  However Knapper and co trailed their northern counterparts for two thirds of the match 3-9, 7-10 and 10-12 before producing some remarkable shots to pull back and take the lead 13-12 at 15 ends.

Irwin and co scored a single to resume the lead at 13-12 however with the jack in the ditch on the final and 18th end Knapper produced two bowls within 18 inches of the ditch to claim a remarkable victory.

Results:
Quarter-finals:
Aspatria, Cumb (S Irwin) bt South Derbyshire, Derbs (J Arnett) 22-8;
Kings, Devon (H Goodwin) bt Cheltenham, Glos (M Cuthbert) 22-14;
Gerrards Cross, Bucks (K Smith) bt Harpenden, Herts (T Muir) 16-6;
Spencer Moulton, Wilts (G Shadwell) 18-11

Semi-Final:
Aspatria, Cumb (S Irwin) bt Kings, Devon (H Goodwin) 18-11.

Tilehurst, Berks (A Knapper) bt Gerrards Cross, Bucks (K Smith) 18-10;

Final:

Tilehurst, Berks (A Knapper) bt Aspatria, Cumb (S Irwin) 16-13

Official photographs can be viewed and purchased at: https://www.bobsaundersphotography.co.uk/bowls-events

Entry to the championships is free of charge. Chargeable parking is available in Victoria Park and in nearby town centre car parks. The Tournament Office will be open daily from 8.30am until close of play. Should you have any queries related to the National Championships please telephone 07444 272672.

Official photographs can be viewed and purchased at: https://www.bobsaundersphotography.co.uk/bowls-events

Entry to the championships is free of charge. Chargeable parking is available in Victoria Park and in nearby town centre car parks. The Tournament Office will be open daily from 8.30am until close of play. Should you have any queries related to the National Championships please telephone 07444 272672.

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