East Lothian IBC hailed 42 year old Billy Mellors as their Singles King for a third time with the former rising star from the now defunct Edinburgh Indoor Bowls Club continuing to achieve career heights at The Alex Marshall Arena.Read More
Mellors recaptured the coveted crown at the 21-17 expense of a fellow treble seeking opponent in the shape of 42 year old Scott Kennedy who was always bang in contention as the 23-end final developed in an epic encounter of electrifying proportion. The clash of two brilliant players of international reputation was a massive crowd puller that lived up to expectations with loads of exciting drama as it went right down to the wire reflected marker and club president John P Hamilton.
Mellors was first off the mark with a double but Kennedys retaliation of 1, 1, 3, 3 was superb and thrust him into the driving seat at 8-2 then he continued to dictate the pace at 12-7; but he was to find out that Mellors touch hadn’t deserted him.
Kennedy answered rising pressure at 12-11 with a full house count of 4 to 16 that caused a major buzz on the banking and electrified the atmosphere in anticipation of a strong surge coming from Scotlands recent international captain.
But it was Mellors that treated it like a shot in the arm as his reaction was to spark a four end run of 1, 1, 2, 1 that placed the destination of the title firmly into the sizzling melting pot with the master scoreboard now flashing a 16-16 deadlock.
The climax was a nail-biting affair in terms of quality and build up exchanges of a see-saw nature however the mental toughness of Mellors approaching a winning line has often been admired and it came to the fore once again as he outgunned his rival 5- 1 over the next four end to capture the glory. “The truth is that it could have gone any way”, said Mellors later. The additional bonus for Mellors is entry into the 2017/18 national singles while on the domestic front he joins Graham Robertson and Ian Bell as three times Singles Champion of the club.
Mellors and Kennedy had earlier in final weeks team up with Andrew Jeffrey to capture the Triples title having accelerated from 6-5 down to a commanding 24-8 win over Craig McCall, Gary Darling, and Jamie Higgins. The celebrated singles finalists had also teamed up with Higgins and Derek Oliver to bag The Fours title but they did experience the bitter taste of defeat in the final of 4Bowl Pairs coming at the 25-16 hands of Mark Johnston and Willie Wood MBE.
Wood also celebrated title triumphs in the Seniors rank with success in the Triples and Fours but the 78 year old legend of the sport made a 21-18 exit in the semi final of the Singles to Peter Fallen who went to beat Lessel Middler, 21-13, in the final.1 The gents 2Bowl Pairs title went down to a to a tiebreak climax with the Uncle and Nephew partnership of Lessel Middler and Steven Clark edging the result at the expense of Andy Burt and Glenn Blair.