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McKeown on a high after being crowned the U18 British Isles king

 

By Alex Mills

Take a bow Adam McKeown, the new Under-18 British Isles bowls champion.

The teenage Mossley player yesterday turned in a super performance, defeating Wales' Kristian Crocker in the final at Belmont, which thrilled the home fans.

And it wasn't the only Irish success because the rink of Joe McLaney, Raymond Barr, Roy Battersby and Robin Horner swept to victory in the senior fours.

Playing on their home rink at Belmont, Horner's combination defeated Scotland's Alex Kennedy, Keith Campbell, Dan Whyte and David Beattie 25-19 in a hotly contested final.

But there was no hiding the delight when McKeown sent in his final delivery which clinched the junior title.

"I'm thrilled," he said. "The two days couldn't have gone any better. I played really well in the semis against Liam Harris (England) and thankfully maintained the form in the final. It will take a while for it all to sink in."

McKeown led from the off and built up a 12-3 lead at the 10th end. It was an advantage he never looked like surrendering.

Singles: D Kingdon (Wales) 15 T Greechan (Jersey) 21.

Under-18 singles: K Crocker (Wales) 13 A McKeown (Ireland) 21. Under-25 singles: J Walker (England) 21 D Salmon (Wales) 10

Pairs: L Ridout, S Tolchard (England) 19 B Gwynne, R Wright (Scotland) 13.

Triples: G Collins, N Collins, M Le Ber (Guernsey) 14 C Ashman, P Robbins, P Taylor (Wales) 15.

Fours: R White, I Bland, W Stanley, D Graham (England) 13 B Weale, S Weale, D Weale, R Weale (Wales) 14.

Senior fours: J McLaney, R Barr, R Battersby, R Horner (Ireland) 25 A Kennedy, K Campbell, D Whyte, D Beattie (Scotland) 19.

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