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Grange Moor brothers in Roger Crowther Cup Final

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Saturday saw the third running of the Roger Crowther Cup for young bowlers held in Scarborough. This competition, also known as the Junior Gambart Baines, was established in memory of the late Roger Crowther from Huddersfield, winner of the Gambart Baines in 1979, by his widow Wendy and is limited to bowlers under the age of 18. The first winner in 2021 was Lucas Cooper of North Cliff and the second in 2022 was Harley Tattersley of Denby Grange. The original intention was that it should have been run in conjunction with the senior Gambart Baines Cup but clashes with other junior events, arranged after the original announcement of the Gambart Baines, led to it being postponed in the hope of getting a better entry. Sadly a combination of other events meant the entry was still low at eight, two local and six from elsewhere in Yorkshire, in spite of generous prize money.

Tom Gilbert (left) snaps up the Roger Crowther Cup victory against his brother Eddie. Sponsorship for the main competition came from the Crowther family, Landers of Whitby Butchers and Alan Greig, Ashley Brunton-Douglas of North Cliff sponsored a consolation event and Scott Fisher of Denby Grange CGBC, Wakefield, sponsored the highest break prize. In the first round Tom Gilbert (Grange Moor, Huddersfield) beat local player, and the only female entrant, Katie Gates (Dukes Park), 21-16, Logan Preston (Pudsey) beat nine-year-old Jenson Gilroy (Wayside, Harrogate) 21-13, the other local bowler Matthew Fewster beat Isaac Cook (Hickleton, Doncaster) 21-18 and Eddie Gilbert, Tom’s brother, beat Charlie Fisher (Denby Grange, Wakefield) 21-19 including a break of 11 which won the highest break prize. Tom Gilbert then beat Logan Preston 21-10 in the first semi-final while brother Eddie beat Matthew Fewster 21-20 in a very tight game. As was the case in the senior competition one brother had enough of an edge to ensure a clear victory, in this case 21-13 for Tom Gilbert.

Report and photos from the Scarborough News

The four semi-finalists

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