ETHAN Lowden saw off holder Callum Sharples 21-11 in the final to win the John Sharples Lettings-sponsored Steve Thompson Junior Grand Masters Memorial Trophy.

The competition, open to all bowlers in the area who are aged 18 or under, was played at Red River and attracted an entry of 14.

Lowden ran out from 16 across against Josh Smith in his opening game, before beating Jack Brannon 21-15 to reach the semi finals.

In his first match, Sharples defeated another fancied player Fraser Rigg 21-12, setting up a quarter-final match with recent Peter Doherty Trophy winner Rohan Massey Holmes. Sharples was in top form, leading 18-4 and eventually winning 21-13.

Adam Smith beat namesake Ryan 21-12 to set up a semi-final clash with Lowden and it was the latter who stepped up a gear, winning 21-9.

The other semi-final saw Naylor, who looked well placed when leading 15-6, bow out. Sharples then had a purple patch to take the lead 17-16, before Naylor made it 19-17. However, a double and two singles from Sharples took him through.

Lowden, a former runner-up, raced into a 10-2 lead, before Sharples levelled at 10 across. The 13-year-old then went 15-10 up and only allowed Sharples another single before lifting the trophy. Lowden’s victory also qualifies him for the Senior Grand Masters competition at Kirkby on October 6.