Chris takes the bowls championship

The old adage that bowls is an old man’s game took another knock at the Bowls Northumberland championship finals at St George’s Bowling Club in Morpeth.

Chris Lewars, 21, and the latest member of the well-known Walker Bowling Club, became one of the youngest-ever men’s singles champions.

Pitted against a seasoned campaigner in Karl Jameson, playing on his home green, Chris painstakingly built a lead of 13 shots to 9 before a strong rally by his opponent saw him to within three shots of the title at 18-13.

It was then Chris’s turn to put together a run of successful ends to which Karl could find no reply and Chris ran out a worthy 21-18 winner.

This victory followed that of another young bowler, Philip Harvey of Gosforth Bowling Club, who defeated his father Stephen in last year’s final. Philip added to that success by winning this year’s Champion of Champions final against John Calder of Amble, but failed to become the Under-25 champion for the third time in going down narrowly to Dane Ross of Gosforth Empire.