Taylor takes the trophy after tit-for-tat final

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The Border Bowling Association held its Champion of Champions competition at Berwick Bowling Club on Sunday.

A bright sunny day welcomed the 20 entries onto the green and right from the off the competition was fierce.

The quarter-finals saw Wilton beat Kelso 21-11 after 14 ends, Peebles beat Ayton 21- 14 after 21 ends, Earlston beat Spittal 21-18 after 25 ends and Waverley eventually beat Berwick 21-19 after a marathon 28 ends. Despite the cloud building and the temperature dropping, things were definitely heating up for the semi finals where Waverley beat Ayton 21-13, although the score did not reflect the absolutely excellent bowling displayed by both players. The other semi was played in a similar manner, but Wilton shone through 21-16 against Earlston.

The final was set to be a tense affair between Reece Taylor (Wilton) and Ralph Nicholson (Waverley) and the audience, already anticipating an exciting match, feared the encroaching dusk.

Nicholson opened with a three and Taylor followed suit. The lead continued to change hands on a regular basis.

After 17 ends, Nicholson led 15-12 and from then, as the light did start to fade, it went tit for tat until the 24th end, when the score reached a dramatic 20-20.

Taylor laid the one shot needed, but Nicholson battled back, threatening to take the match from his opponent with every shot played. With his last bowl, Taylor sealed the game and became Champion of Champions by two shots.

The class of bowling could not be surpassed and every player deserved to win, but it was Reece Taylor who triumphantly lifted the Champion of Champions Trophy.