Father and son pull off an upset in national qualifier

Friday 2nd February 2018 9:41 am
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Matt Hammett and Frank Senft

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South Hams veteran Bill McKimm and his son, Ryan Whitlock, caused a major shock in the national qualifying rounds of the family pairs by beating Devon Liberty Trophy players David Evans and his father John, the former Com­monwealth Games silver medallist, 20-2 after only nine ends played writes Tony Atkins.

“I’ve never seen Dad play so well,” said Whitlock, named Bowls England (outdoor) junior of the year in 2016.

In the semi-final of Area 18, McKimm and Whitlock will meet either Kieran Daniels or his Exonia clubmate Chris Bond in a bid to reach the last 16 in England.

In the men’s county championships there were two wins for Matt Ham­mett. In the men’s unbadged pairs Ham­mett and South Hams clubmate Frank Senft beat Torquay skip Ian Boyle 22-13 away at Plainmoor.

“That was a fantastic win for us.” Hammett, said before later teaming up with Senft and Richard Good to beat an Axminster rink 35-2 in the county triples.

In the men’s inter-club league, South Hams beat Kingsley B (Westward Ho!) 98-57: Frank Senft, Simon Shaw, David Sherlock and Barry Geldard won 21-16; Richard Good, Peter Caddy, John Hard­ing and D Hurrell won 18-17; B McKimm, Martin Greenland, Mike Mitchelmore and Matt Hammett won 24-9 and John Hall Dan O’Carroll, Ron Elson and John Yeabs­ley won 35-15.

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