Chris Mordue ended his drought at the Spen Winter Sweep bowls competition when he finally won in round nine, defeating Michael Sweeney 21-20 in a thrilling final last Saturday.
Mordue had not recorded a win in the previous eight rounds but battled his way through to the final, which saw a cagey opening with the leading changing hands several times before Sweeney edged 8-6 ahead, an advantage he extended with two further doubles.
Mordue battled back, winning seven of the next eight points to turn the game at 14-13.
The pair continued to trade blows as Sweeney went further ahead before Mordue won five of the next six points to lead 18-17 only for Sweeney to reply with two singles in a cracking contest.
Two uncharacteristically poor bowls by Sweeney let Mordue in for a cheap single to level it at 19-19 only for Sweeney to edge back in front at 20-19.
Having led well all day, Sweeney’s touch deserted him when it mattered most as Mordue capitalised on two mistakes to take a double and seal a thrilling 21-20 victory.
Spen Winter Sweeps - Week 9 Results
Prelims: N Slattery 14, L Hirst 21; M Sweeney 21, D Goodall 10; S Walker 21, J Hynes 12; A Webb 21, G Coates 13; G Wike 11, A Tattersley 21; M Allman 21, K Wood 12.
First round: B Speed 21, T Riley 12; B Rice 3, M Regan 21; J Wike 21, P Burke 7; C Mordue 21, D Teale 15; S Ladbrooke 21, A Bairstow 15; P Holt 6, M Fowler 21; C Bly 21, A Smith 5; G Walker 15, D Hewitt 21; K Smith 21, M Wensley 9; D Bissell 21, A Forrest 20; A Wider 17, M Connelly 21; J Cranston 21, A Ward 10; A Gallagher 21, M Gadd 8; L Hirst 21, M Sweeney 21; S Walker 17, A Webb 21; A Tattersley 21, M Allman 9.
Second Round: B Speed 15, M Regan 21; J Wike 12, C Mordue 21; S Ladbrooke 19, M Fowler 21; C Bly 21, D Hewitt 9; D Bissell 2, M Connelly 21; K Smith 16, J Cranston 21; A Gallagher 13, M Sweeney 21; A Webb 20, A Tattersley 21.
Quarter finals: M Regan 17, C Mordue 21; M Fowler 7, C Bly 21; M Connolly 10, J Cranston 21; M Sweeney 21, A Tattersley 20.
Semi finals: C Mordue 21, C Bly 12; J Cranston 19, M Sweeney 21.
Final: C Mordue 21, M Sweeney 20.
n Spen also held their Boxing Day Pairs competition, which saw Mark Regan and Darren Goodall defeat Alex Wolfenden and Mick Gadd 21-17 in the final.
Boxing Day Pairs Results
Prelims: Mel Hobson & Andy Wood 12, Darren Ripley & Bailey Rice 21; Chris Mordue & Hayley Wood 17, Garry Walker & Janine Ramsbottom 21; Alex Wolfenden & Mick Gadd 21, Charlie Ripley & Mark Dobson 13; Mick Hobson & Neil Slattery 16, Mark Regan & Darren Goodall 21; Ernie Wearing & Paul Holt 17, Derek Hewitt & Kevin Wood 21; Mally Fowler & Ann Ramsbottom 21, Andy Gallagher & Kath Icke 20; Chris Ellis & Lorraine Hirst 13, Barry Turnbull & Karen Hill 21.
Quarter-Finals: Dyson & Connolly 21, Ripley & Rice 17; Ramsbottom & Walker 16, Wolfenden & Gadd 21; Regan & Goodall 21, Hewitt & Wood 14; Ramsbottom & Fowler 21, Hill & Turnbull 18.
Semi-Finals: Dyson & Connolly 11, Wolfenden & Gadd 21; Regan & Goodall 21, Ramsbottom & Fowler 13.
Final: Alex Wolfenden & Mick Gadd 17, Mark Regan & Darren Goodall 21.