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Kieran beats dad on way to success

Actions from Hebden Royd Park knockout final bowls, at Todmorden Park. Pictured is Keiran Bannister
Actions from Hebden Royd Park knockout final bowls, at Todmorden Park. Pictured is Keiran Bannister

Kieran Bannister won the Halifax League’s Berry-Hey Charity Handicap, sponsored by Frank Berry, at Halifax BC on Sunday.

He beat Brendan Malone by 21-12 in the final while Mark McLoughlin became the first winner of the plate competition.

Having won his qualifying game, Bannister received a bye into the last 16, where he faced Bernard Megson.

Megson led 8-4 but Bannister recovered to lead by 10-8. After Megson had drawn level with a pair, the two remained locked together on 13 and 16 before Bannister ran out.

A quarter-final success by 21-7 against Steve Bridges followed and Bannister then faced his father Tony in the semi-final.

Tony had the better of the early exchanges to lead by 13-7 but Kieran fought back with a break of eight to lead by 15-13 and went on to win by 21-16.

Malone held a 11-5 lead in his opening game but Ali Asghar drew level with a break of six. The scores were level at 13 and 16 but Malone finished the stronger to win by 21-17.

Malone trailed by 5-9 against Julian Dawson before taking the lead with a break of seven. Dawson was narrowly ahead at 17-16 but Malone finished with a five break.

After edging the opening exchanges to lead by 9-8 in his quarter-final against Jordan Crabtee, Malone took control with a trio of pairs and went on to win by 21-13.

In his semi-final, against Michael Page, the scores were level at 5, 7, 9 and 14 before Malone ran out.

Malone made the better start in the final to lead by 8-3. Bannister gradually played his way back into the game to lead for the first time at 10-9.

He was still ahead at 13-12 before returning to a green edge mark that had served him well earlier in the day and a break gave him victory.

McLoughlin won the newly-introduced Plate competition for first round losers in the Berry-Hey, leading from the start to win by 21-14 against Tom Robertshaw.

It was his second trophy success of the season following his victory in the Halifax Association’s handicap event.