Wake at the double on thrilling finals weekend

Alexandra's Danny Smith. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings 132411-263
Alexandra's Danny Smith. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings 132411-263
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Marty Wake completed a memorable double in the Portsmouth & District Championship finals.

The Vospers ace took the men’s pairs’ title alongside Darren Brown and then linked up with Carla Woolvin to lift the mixed pairs’ crown.

He narrowly missed out on a stunning treble in the men’s triples, too, as the annual competition reached a thrilling climax.

Charlie Bailey was crowned men’s singles champion as the region’s top bowlers descended on Milton Park and Alexandra at the weekend.

The Fareham star hot-footed it back from Leamington Spa – where he took part in the Tony Alcock Trophy – to beat Leigh Park’s Peter Robinson 21-5 in the final.

Bailey had defeated Dorian Bishop in the last four, while Robinson edged past Marco D’Apice.

Brian Carrick claimed the over-60s’ singles crown with a 21-15 victory over Milton Park’s Dave Meyer.

The Purbrook man eased clear of his rival after they were all square after 11 ends.

Fareham’s Vic Bennett and Bailey were the beaten semi-finalists.

The under-25s’ singles returned after an absence of a few years and it was Alexandra’s Danny Smith and Daniel Palmer, from Cowplain, who went for glory.

In the end, Smith’s experience told, as he ran out the 21-10 winner.

Smith beat Sam Wells (Bedhampton) 21-20 in a thrilling semi-final, while Palmer had a walkover.

The inaugural final of the Secretary Singles – for the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy – was between Gosport’s Ken Stanbury and Ray Cheater, of College Park. After 11 ends, the match was tied but Stanbury then pulled away to win 21-13.

Trevor Watkins and Peter King made up the last four.

Wake took his first title in the men’s pairs – teaming up with Vospers teammate Brown to sink Alexandra duo Carl Baggott and Jamie Cooke 23-19.

He was unable to repeat the trick in the triples, though.

Wake and Brown were joined by Terry Smith as they took on College Park trio Clive Carter, Paul Lawrence and Steve Feilder.

And it was the Park aces who raced into a 19-5 lead before winning 21-10.

Wake was back toasting victory as the mixed finals took centre stage, though.

Alongside Woolvin, who he partnered to the national finals, he chalked up a dominant 28-3 victory over Lee-on-the-Solent duo Cindy Ellis and Dave Heather.

They had earlier crushed Ken Mogridge and Maria Parsonage 26-5 in the semis, while the Lee combination got the better of Bunny Barber and Bob Floyd 22-10.

The mixed triples’ final was fought out between Sandra McAfee, Jeffery Hiscox and Rose Beynon and Tina Amps, Jamie Cooke and Carl Baggott.

After dropping five shots on the first two ends, Beynon & Co picked up 13 on the next three to take command 13-5.

And it was an advantage they didn’t squander as they eventually ran out 20-14 winners.

Pat Macrae, Stella Parish, Dave Biggs and Mick Molloy took on Dana O’Neil, Jan Sansom, Roy Collins and singles runner-up Robinson in the mixed fours’ final.

Molloy’s team took control at the 11th end – as they forged into a 12-5 lead.

And they held that seven-shot cushion all the way until the end, as they claimed a 21-14 win.