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First Over-80s title for Eddie Haigh

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Lockwood Con bowler Eddie Haigh has won the 2023 Over-80's KO title at the second attempt. Eddie did it the hard way by beating Frank Greenwood the reigning Champion in the semi-finals who was looking for a third successive title and fourth overall and on his home green. Eddie and Frank have been teammates for many years in the Inter-District team and have played each other on numerous occasions as well but Eddie told me that he could only recall one occasion when they had met on the Golcar Lib green before.

In the other semi final Marsh United stalwart Trevor Sykes saw off his Division 2 opponent from Skel Windmill, Manuel Martinho 21-10. It might have been a different outcome as the bowlers were locked together at 10 across before Trevor found a mark that suited him better to run out the victor.

This was only a second appearance in the competition for Eddie but a third attempt by Trevor with both bowlers falling at the quarter-finals last year.

The hot Friday sunshine ensured a fast running green which suited both finalists as they entertained a big crowd jockeying for shaded positions and following the experts advice by taking on plenty of fluids. The two finalists were taking drink breaks as well to ensure that they stayed safe.

He didn't waste this opportunity although he was pushed all the way in the final by Trevor who was the first to double figures. Hoever as the sun started to dip in the sky and shadows started to appear on the immaculate green fortunes changed. As Trevor told me after the match he felt that the pace of the green changed at that time as parts of the green in shadow were playing a couple of yards less than how they had played all day and he struggled to keep up with Eddie in adapting his game to the changing conditions.

From 11 across it was Eddie who opened up a gap to make it 18-13 before Trevor mounted a recovery which fell short of catching his opponent who ran out a 21-18 winner.

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