Adams Triumphs in Champ of Champs
Played 27th April 2015 Clive Adams went from claiming his first Cambridge club singles in his first year at the club to winning his second Champion of Club Champion Singles title when he defeated Doubleview’s Dave Rankin 25-18 at Yokine Bowling Club today.
Both Semi Finals were compelling contests with Adams coming from behind to defeat Mark Simpson (Dudley Park) 21-17 while Rankin also had to fight for his win in a touch and go battle with Ross Dempsey (North Beach) 21-19.
Both players were on the ball early before Adams edged away to an early 7-3 lead. Rankin responded with some precision driving killing an end but Adams would not be denied and started to build an imposing score line of 12-4 including sending the jack over the bank when he was three down. Rankin knew he had to respond and a full count of four was the order of the day and brought him back into the contest. Adams responded with a series of ends with a number of close bowls crowding the jack, first grabbing a three with all counters only inches away from the jack and then following it up with a four to grab a match winning lead with a 19-8 score. Three consecutive singles to Rankin when he was able to change the length showed he hadn’t given up on the contest and when he held a close three it looked like the game was back on. However Adams was not being denied on this day and a a drive removed all the Rankin bowls leaving only the three Adams bowls on the green and close to the jack. Another great draw shot was not quite good enough and Adams held the end to go within one end of the title at 21-11. A three to Rankin and a great drive of his own saw another two shots and the crowd were hopeful of a grandstand finish. More singles to Rankin put him within range of Adams at 18-22 but with the experience of a players who has played many times at the elite level saw Clive Adams settle and finish off with a three to claim the Men’s Champion of Club Champion Singles title. Clive Adams will now go onto Queensland in September for the National titles and a chance to move onto a shot at the World Championship.
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