BCGBA Briggs Equipment UK Junior Merit

BCGBA Briggs Equipment UK British Junior Merit. From left- Bailey Rice (Runner Up), Phil Brown (BCGBA Deputy President), Andy Armstrong (Winner) & Peter Higham (BCGBA President)
BCGBA Briggs Equipment UK British Junior Merit.
From left- Bailey Rice (Runner Up), Phil Brown (BCGBA Deputy President), Andy Armstrong (Winner) & Peter Higham (BCGBA President)

The BCGBA Briggs Equipment  UK Junior Merit was held at The Walsgrave Bowling Club in Coventry.

The weather may have been more than a bit mixed but the bowling most definitely top class.

The competition was sponsored by Briggs Equipment UK Ltd who are part of Briggs International the largest distributor of Hyster and Yale handling materials in the world. If you want a forklift truck, or any other piece of specialist handling equipment, let Briggs Equipment UK supply you with the very best.

Wrexham’s Andy Armstrong took the title back to Wales. This was to the delight of BCGBA President and fellow Welshman Peter Higham. Andy recovered from a slow start in his first game to battle his way to the final.

Andy Armstrong winner of the BCGBA BRIGGS EQUIPMENT UK Junior Merit at Walsgrave BC in Coventry
Andy Armstrong winner of the BCGBA BRIGGS EQUIPMENT UK Junior Merit at Walsgrave BC in Coventry

His opponent in the final was Bailey Rice from Yorkshire who had dominated the top half of the field and gave us a final to look forward to.

Andy had found a mark across the front of the bowls hut, right in front of the cameras beaming the games across the world, which had been too much for his opponents to cope with. So it was again as Bailey’s action was not suited to the mark and Andy was relentless and wouldn’t give Bailey a chance.

Then a careless jack from Andy let Bailey change the mark and a battle in the corners commenced. Andy had to play a sensational bowl to get the jack back off Bailey before easing to a 21-14 win.

If you want to see the action that was beamed around the world courtesy of GLOBEGIG Media then please click on the image below. Commentary was courtesy of Andy Cairns and Steve Davies.

 

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.