Crawford is the new kid on the block and king of the green at Honiton Bowls Club

PUBLISHED: 17:38 27 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 27 August 2013

Liam Crawford in action

Liam Crawford in action


The season is drawing to a close with the Honiton Bowls Club Finals played this weekend, writes Tony Broughton.

It has been a good year for the club especially for the ladies and the young players whom are now becoming a formidable force.

The ladies have won the Exeter and District League by being equal top with Madeira on 30 points but coming out winners with a shot difference of 55-41. A brilliant result the club’s first year in this competition.

Joan Heard, Carole Binmore and Sue Evans did well to get to the Semi-final of the County Two Wood Triples losing their place in the final to United Services of Barnstaple.

Carole and Roger Binmore are still going well in the County Mixed Pairs. Playing at Plymstock they won their quarter final match 22-20 they now go to Finals Day on September 14.

In the Phear Park Open Tournament our 17-year-old Kieran Daniels became the youngest player since the tournament started in 1925, to reach the final where he came up against Norman Owen in his third consecutive final who just got the better of the teenager, but a tremendous effort.

The weather was kind to us for our Finals Weekend when we witnessed some outstanding bowling from our older established bowlers and some very promising youngsters.

The Heard Ladies Two Wood Single was played over 21 ends and they were all needed for Sue Evans to beat Carole Binmore 17-12.

In the Denis Lake Under 18 Singles we had an extremely tight match between 15-year-old Liam Crawford and 17-year-old Kieran Daniels. Crawford held the lead for some time but Daniels fought back to go 20-18 up and with just one shot to find looked all the way a winner, Crawford was not to be denied and three singles gave him the cup.

Young Crawford was in singles action again in the Webb Open which is a competition for players that have not won any single competition in the club. This time he played against his father Stuart and came out a convincing 21-11 winner.

Thank goodness he is young because he was back in action for the third time on the first day, this time in the Hoskins Men’s Singles Championship against Roger Binmore.

The two match practice must have done some good because he once again came out a convincing 21-11 winner, a great season for two young men who shows outstanding promise for the future.

Two more matches on the first day Trevor Pipe beat Sues Evans in the Marshall Handicap 42-36. A competition where you play with three bowls scoring three for shot, two for second and one for third.

Pipe played again this time with Kieran Daniels against Fred Dart and Bill Sheerman in the Pollard Men’s Pairs. With a many times champion like Pipe and the young star Daniels against you a tough match is expected and so it was as the opposition conceded at 22-4 after 15 ends.

The second day started with the Corney Mixed pairs when Sue Evans and Colin Mees played Isaac Daniels, younger brother to Kieran, and Carole Binmore.

Previous winners Evans and Mees are difficult to beat, but the young Daniels did well with Binmore to hold them to just a 25-14 defeat.

The Dimond Next Open Pairs was contested between Yvonne Rayner with Malcolm Seaborne against Brenda Harris and Trevor Pipe. This was a very tight match with Rayner and Seaborne coming out 15-12 victors.

In the afternoon Kieran Daniels was joined by his younger brother Isaac and Mike Dart in the Tucker Open Triples. All three played well to gain a convincing victory over Rod Isaac, Mike Sellick and Shirley Hiscocks.

The last competition of the day was the Rice Bowl Handicap Singles with Rayner and Evans back in action. With handicaps it presented a huge task for Evans and Rayner, needing to get 28 and 26 shots respectively!

This and the Under 18s match were possibly the best competitions of the weekend.

A desperate nip and tuck match saw Rayner come out the eventual champ at 26-23.

A great weekends bowling with Liam Crawford at 15-years winning all three men’s singles tiles and showing how this sport does indeed favour the young he is the youngest male to ever win the Championship.

But remember, older players can still win it. Doug Irons won the singles when aged 71 and I did aged 70 so this really is a sport for all ages and genders.

If you fancy trying your hand at bowls come to our club on Sunday September 22, between 10am and 2pm.

You can try bowls free both on grass and Indoor on carpet. Free refreshment and all equipment will be provided.

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