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Netherton duo in Over-70's title shock

Veterans League

The Netherton Con pairing of Dennis Garner and Paul Winterburn have featured in the later stages of a number of the Veterans League's competitions including losing in the semi-finals of the Pairs KO in 2019.

They called on all that experience to put it to good use when taking the 2023 Over-70's Pairs KO winners trophy on Thursday at Lowerhouses when they beat the Lockwood Con pair of John Abbot and Peter Kain by 21-17 in the Final.

The Division 2 bowlers never had an easy tie on their route to the title having to overcome Division 1 opponents in every one of their five matches and the handicap difference was never a factor in any of those five rounds.

Route to the title

Preliminary Round: beat Gordon Walker & Mel Walker (Kirkheaton Con) 21-14 Round 1: beat Trevor Sykes & John Ollerenshaw (Marsh United) 21-7 Quarter-Finals: beat David Pollard & Derek Hewitt (Cowcliffe) 21-12

Semi-Finals: beat Barry Gibson & Paul Rangeley (Meltham) 21-10

Final: beat John Abbott & Peter Kain (Lockwood Con) 21-17

The 21-17 Final scoreline was the closest any of their opponents came to suppressing the pair's charge to the title. Dennis will add the achievement alongside winning the Over-70's KO title in 2019 when he was a Division 1 regular but this has to be classed as a shock result delivered in a most telling fashion. Well done to both bowlers.

Photograph reproduced with the permission of Huddersfield Veterans Bowling Association.

All the results from Finals Day are below:

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