Thornton rolls to victory in Furness Junior Grand Masters
Last updated at 16:39, Wednesday, 17 October 2012
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.
First published at 16:37, Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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