ENGLISH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Spalding ace Smith takes the title

Graham Smith from Spalding last night (March 23) became a national indoor bowls champion.

Saturday, 24th March 2018, 3:54 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th March 2018, 3:55 pm
English singles champion Graham Smith.

A few days after helping England retain the British men’s team title in Paisley, Smith became the first ever winner of the English national men’s two-wood singles title when he defeated Tom Bishop from Kent 21-16 in a high quality final.

“I had to work really hard for that, because Tom played very well,” said the 46-year-old Lincolnshire bowler. “In fact, it was a hard day, with four games to play.”

Earlier Smith had beaten Chawton Park’s Adam White 21-6 and in-form Martin Puckett from Weymouth 21-15, before reaching the final with a 21-14 victory over WIBC World Under 25 indoor champion Ed Elmore, from the famous City of Ely club.

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Smith always seemed to have the upper hand in the final, but Bishop, who plays alongside legendary Anglo-Scot Andy Thomson at the Cyphers club in Beckenham, stayed in the hunt until the very end.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT

Last 16

Graham R Smith (Spalding) bt Adam White (Chawton Park) 21-6;

Martin Puckett (Moonfleet 2000) bt Paul Gandey (Adur) 21-2;

Jonathan West (Boston) bt Ben Sharpe (Kingsthorpe) 21-15;

Ed Elmore (City of Ely) bt B J Byles (Whiteknights) 21-7;

Norman Coad (Bodmin) bt Perry Martin (Swale) 21-11;

Jason Horwood (Watford) bt James Austin-Mills (Wymondham Dell) 21-18;

Martin Heitzman (Ipswich) bt Paul Hartley (Hartlepool) 21-18;

Tom Bishop (Cyphers) bt Jack Bird (Scarborough)

Quarter finals:

Smith bt Puckett 21-15; Elmore bt West 21-16;

Horwood bt Coad 21-6; Bishop bt Heitzman 21-16.

Semi-finals: Smith bt Elmore 21-14; Bishop bt Horwood 21-6.

Final: Smith bt Bishop 21-16.