PICTURE SPECIAL: Fraser has it Rigged to land Barrow junior bowling crown
FRASER Rigg took the spoils to land the final junior crown-green bowling prize of the season in the Joe Wardman Trophy.
The Askam youngster was rewarded was his consistent displays – having finished as runner-up in the Junior Grand Masters and reached the semi-finals in a number of events – as he beat Sam Naylor in the final.
Contested on a rain-swept Salthouse Bowling Club green, Rigg and Naylor were both playing off a plus-three handicap.
Rigg, 13, took an early 9-3 lead before Naylor recovered to go 11-10 in front. The players exchanged points until Rigg led 16-14, from where he finished the game off with a single and two doubles.
Both players had bowled well to reach the final, although they looked like going out of the competition in the earlier rounds.
Naylor, 15, had no trouble beating Salthouse bowler Adam Smith 21-8, but he found himself trailing 14-6 and 18-10 to last year's winner Rohan Massey Holmes, before running out 21-18.
In his semi-final encounter with 12 year old Ethan Lowden, Naylor found himself behind again at 12-3 and 17-12, before reaching 21 without reply to make the final.
Rigg was level at 12-across against Josh Smith before stepping up a gear to win 21-14 in his opener.
Playing an inspired 12-year-old Jack Brannon in the semi-finals, Rigg must have thought the final was a million miles away when 18-8 down. He closed the gap to 18-12 before a Brannon double took him to within a point of the final.
Some outstanding bowling by Rigg culminated in four doubles and a single to see him home.
Joe Wardman presented prize money totaling £110 and thanked Salthouse Bowling Club for the use of the green, as well as Ken Howarth and others for their help in running the competition.
Round One: Adam Smith 8 Sam Naylor 21, Shaun Fisher 12 Rohan Massey Holmes 21.
Quarter-finals: Naylor 21 Massey Holmes 18, Callum Sharples 18 Ethan Lowden 21, Jack Last 13 Jack Brannon 21, Josh Smith 14 Fraser Rigg 21.
Semi-finals: Naylor 21 Lowden 17, Brannon 20 Rigg 21.
Final: Naylor 15 Rigg 21.