The latest session of the Horwich RMI singles (Saturday 14th May) was played on one of the best bowling days of the year. The competition is sponsored by J Maher Ltd who are Bolton’s leading horticultural suppliers.
It would be wrong not to pay credit to the greens man who has produced a much improved surface this year. The green is, by all accounts, significantly quicker than it has been for quite a few years.
The first round saw a real battle between Darren Allsop and Chris Bly. There was nothing in this game all the way and it was to Darren’s credit that he managed to get over the line. The other stand-out game of the first round was the battle between Paul Baddeley and, Wigan legend, Mark Richardson. Paul was using minimum length marks to good effect and Mark was showing his expertise at striking to stay in the game. When Mark to hold of the jack different tactics were used and the big 80 plus yard corners were visited. It has to be said though that even corners of this length required little effort to reach.
The second round saw Martin Ogliev and Darren Allsop show their form on the green and they carried this through to dominate the qualifying games.
S. Cawley DNA K. Graham W/O
C. Bly 20 D. Allsop 21
C. Cooke 16 K. O’Prey 21
L. Bleakley 17 A Hodgon 21
M. Ogliev 21 R. Massey 18
M. Bretherton 18 S. Brown 21
P. Baddeley 21 M. Richardson 18
I. Briggs 14 P. Winrow 21
K. Graham 04 D. Allsop 21
K. O’Prey 19 A. Hodgon 21
M. Ogliev 21 S. Brown 12
P. Baddeley 12 P. Winrow 21
D. Allsop 21 A. Hodgon 12 (Darren drew no 1 for finals night)
M. Ogliev 21 P. Winrow 06 ( Martin drew no 3 for finals night)