Hartlepool bowlers win Mixed Fours National Finals title

Paul Mosley.
Paul Mosley.

HARTLEPOOL bowlers are celebrating after winning the Mixed Fours National Finals title.

Bowlers Lauren Copeland, Bev Lynch, Marc Squirrell and skip Paul Mosley travelled to Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club to represent Hartlepool in the finals.

The first game in the last 16 started on Friday at 1pm.

The quartet played against Julie Hudson, Viv Mansell, Russell Morgan and skip by Chris Daniels.

Hartlepool went into a 6-4 lead after five ends which increased to 17-6 after 10 ends.

After 15 ends Hartlepool had a 23-11 win and claimed a place in the quarter-final with a 28-16 victory.

In the quarter-final, which was played at 9am on Saturday morning, Hartlepool were up against Malvern Hills who were represented by Pam Harris, Jean Monk, Luke Hanwood and skip by Ryan Atkins.

After five ends the game was level at 4-4 but after 10 ends Malvern Hills led 9-6. In a very close game Hartlepool had to wait until the second-last end to take the lead and after 21 ends it was Hartlepool going into the semi-final with a winning 23-18 scoreline.

In the semi-final played at 6pm on the same day Hartlepool were up against Emma Seed, Sue Kearsley, Jonathan Goodall and skippered by international Mark Dawes from the Blackpool Newton Hall Bowling Club.

Blackpool went into a 4-3 lead after five ends but after some excellent play from Hartlepool they went into an 11-5 lead after 10 ends.

After 15 ends Hartlepool had a very good 14-8 advantage but on the next three ends Hartlepool failed to score and Blackpool got back level at 14-14.

On the last three ends Hartlepool got their heads down and scored seven shots against one to put them into their first English National Final with a 21-15 victory.

In the final in front of a very good crowd Hartlepool were up against last year’s National Mixed Fours Champions Norfolk IBC with Rebecca Field, Louise Cathchpole, Ian Catchpole and skip by Wayne Willgress.

An unfortunate start for Hartlepool saw them down 8-0 down after the first five ends.

Hartlepool rallied against a very good Norfolk side and got back to 11-6 down after 10 ends.

Still Norfolk were playing the bigger bowls and led 10-13 after 15 ends.

A good run for Hartlepool saw them claw back to within one point at 14-15 after 18 ends with three ends to play.

Norfolk scored four shots to Hartlepool’s one which saw Norfolk leading the last end 19-15 .

Then the brilliant Paul Mosley led the rink and took a Norfolk bowl out of the head to leave Hartlepool scoring the required five shots to become English National Mixed Fours champs..