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Monday, 06 July 2015

Thornton rolls to victory in Furness Junior Grand Masters

KING Alfred youngster Billy Thornton continued his great form in 2012 with victory in the ninth annual Junior Grand Masters Trophy.

Thornton beat Daniel Edmonds 21-15 in the final of the South Lakeland Independent Financial Consultants and Sharples Estate Agents-sponsored competition at Askam.

In the top half of a strong looking group – with competitors aged 18 and under from across the area taking part – Edmonds bowled superbly all day. He beat Tom Harris, 21-18, home bowler Jack Knowles, 21-4, and Jack Taylor, 21-10, to reach the semi-finals.

Thornton had opening round wins against Nathan Borowski, 21-10, and the youngest competitor, six-year-old Niamh Sharples, 21-15.

Edmonds beat last year’s champion Adam Miller 21-9 and reached the final. Thornton’s semi-final clash was against Askam bowler Keir Shepherd, a novice on the greens.

Thornton’s corner bowling proved too much for Shepherd, who went down 21-13, but the 12-year-old still collected a trophy and money for his endeavours.

John Sharples, of the sponsors, presented trophies and prize money totalling £120 to the last four players.

Sharples thanked the Askam club for the use of the green and Steve Thompson and Ken Howarth for running the competition.


Round One: Thomas Lawrence 14 Jordan McNamee 21, Jack Taylor 21 Ryan Smith 13, Callum Sharples 18 Jack Knowles 21, Daniel Edmonds 21 Tom Harris 18.

Round Two: McNamee 13 Taylor 21, Knowles 4 Edmonds 21, Will Maguire 11 Ben Pullin 21, Connor Emanuel 9 Adam Miller 21, Keir Shepherd 21 Lian Knowles 17, Bailey Cole 15 Charlie O’Hare 21, Connor Kell 16 Niamh Sharples 21, Billy Thornton 21 Nathan Borowski 10.

Quarter-finals: Taylor 10 Edmonds 21, Pullin 10 Miller 21, Shepherd 21 O’Hare 20, Sharples 15 Thornton 21.

Semi-finals: Edmonds 21 Miller 9, Shepherd 13 Thornton 21.

Final: Edmonds 15 Thornton 21.

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