ESMBA Open pairs 2015: a Cheshire name on the trophy!
The ESMBA hosted an open pairs competition on Saturday 22nd August, with prize money and a place in the World Championships, up for grabs for the winners. 64 pairs were entered and several players from Cheshire were involved. Fancied pairs going into the event included Steve Proctor and Simon White, Gareth Stanway along with North Yorks’ Ben Render, and Grant Soller playing with Hampshire’s Jason Mclean. The final stages of the event saw some quality bowling, not least from Anthony Fautley and Steve Killington from Essex, as they came from 4 behind with one end to play to force an extra end play-off. Steve then ditched the jack to win the tie and set up a final against Cheshire’s Steve Burrows and Northants’ Ed Sawbridge. Steve and Ed played superbly in the final to win the event and therefore clinch their place at the World Championships in March. Well done Ed, and especially Steve, a good start to Cheshire’s season!