Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Holland & McCabe Claim Pairs Title

Chris Holland & Dave McCabe fought back to claim the MSMBA 2 Bowl Pairs title after a dramatic last end saw them take 3 shots to win by 1 over Seamus Whelan & Collin Holland.

Holland & McCabe started the day with a comfortable 22-3 victory over John Garrett & Percy Faragher while Whelan & Holland beat Michael Collister & Stephen Gale 12-7. Archie & Wyn Collister also went through thanks to an 8-5 victory over Patrick Grant & Tony Quine while Steve & Bernie Durcan needed an extra end to beat Stephen Bradley & Ali Millard.

The semi-finals proved fairly straight-forward for Holland & McCabe, beating the Collisters 20-4. Whelan & Holland had a hard fought 13-7 victory over the Durcans.

The final saw some big scoring early on as Holland & McCabe stretched out to a 7-3 lead before Whelan & Holland hit their stride and went 10-8 up with four ends to play. The next two ends saw singles for each side and on the penultimate end Whelan & Holland were 3 ahead. Another single for Holland & McCabe saw them give themselves a chance which they grabbed with both hands as McCabe drew in to claim a 3 on the last end to take the title.

Next week is a handicap singles competition. Any players who have not yet entered should contact Chris Holland on 471827. Entries are also being taken for the Haldane Fisher Fours League which starts on the 22nd January.