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The DBE National Outdoor Pairs took place on the 14th July at Leamington Spa.
32 bowlers from all parts of England competed in a knockout competition with the first round losers competing in a Plate.  The format was 3 bowl pairs each game being 1 hour 30 minutes to the whistle.

Last year’s winners Kieran Rollings and Paul Brown made it through to the final along with Mike Robertson and Jonathan Stokes. The match was fiercely contested. The scores being all level going into the last end, Paul and Kieran came out the eventual winners by one shot to retain their title, much to the disappointment of Jonathan and Mike.
A wonderful match to watch.

Taking part in the Plate final David Fisher and Mac Otton playing Gary Swift and Steve Angus. Gary and Steve coming out on top.

The weather was beautiful but much too hot to be playing so many games. It has been decided to try to work something out for next year to cut down the number of games in one day, maybe by doing something similar to the singles by having regional qualifiers.

DBE National Outdoor Singles 15th July at Leamington Spa
Eight qualifiers from the regional events came through to Leamington on the Sunday.
They drew for places in two groups, played 3 games round robin with the two winners playing in the final.
They played 15 ends or 21 shots up whichever came first.

Green group – Mike Diston – Chris Gray – Steve Ireland – Gary Swift
Yellow group – Kieran Rollings – David Turner – Paul Brown – Colin Wagstaff

Chris Gray was the winner of Green group and went on to play Kieran Rollings the Yellow group winner.
Once again we were treated to a wonderful display of bowls in the final. Chris won the first 2 ends then Kieran drew level and after that, took the lead and stayed there despite Chris battling on. The final score was 12 shots to Kieran and 8 to Chris.
It was good to see several of the other players and families stay on to watch the final.
Our faithful band of helpers travelled down from Gedling IBC, to whom we were extremely grateful, especially Tim who pushed wheelchairs all weekend in the sweltering heat.
Mark Wordingham from Bowls England came to watch and we asked him to present the trophies.
All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend.
Congratulations to all of our Champions!


2018 Outdoor National DBE PAIRS
Played on Sat 14th @ Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
Winners:- Kieran Rollings, Northants & Paul Brown, Herefordshire
R/U:- Jonathan Stokes, Beds & Mike Robertson, Hunts
Semi Finalists:- Dylan Morton, Cambs & David Stearn, Cambs
Bob Henstridge, Sussex & Steve Ireland, Sussex
¼ Finalists:- Mo Perry, Som’t & Ron Homer, Som’t
Bob Booth, Yorks & Gareth Harwood, Yorks
Tim Swann, Lincs & Mark Cooper, Derby’s
Mike Diston, Corn’l & Darren Moon, Devon

2018 DBE Pairs Plate
Played on Sat 14th July @ Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
Winners:- Steve Angus, Tyne & Weir & Gary Swift, Yorks
R/U:- Mac Otton, Warwicks & David Fisher, Essex
Semi Finalists:- Harry Atkin, Derby’s & Fynn Kyser, Leics
Khalila Hussain, Wilts & Ray Smith, Staffs
¼ Finalists:- Barry Jones, Essex & Chris Gray, Northants
Steve Smith, Surrey & Peter Vickers, London
Sally- Ann Lweis-Wall, Leics & Colin Milner Herts
Christine Richards, Warwicks & Colin Wagstaff, Lincs

2018 Outdoor National DBE SINGLES
Played on Sunday 15th July @ Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
Winner:- Kieran Rollings, Northants
R/U:- Chris Gray, Northants
Semi Finalists:- Steve Ireland, Sussex
Paul Brown, Herefordshire
¼ Finalists :- David Turner, Kent
Colin Wagstaff, Lincs
Gary Swift, Yorks
Mike Diston, Cornwall

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