BOWLS: Sm-Ashing county show as Caress duo toast treble apiece

HAT-TRICK HEROES: Ashley Caress (above) and Paul Caress (below, left).
HAT-TRICK HEROES: Ashley Caress (above) and Paul Caress (below, left).
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Father and son duo Paul and Ashley Caress each won three county titles in a memorable week of bowling in Lincolnshire.

Teaming up with fellow Ayscoughfee bowler Chris Warboys, they won the two-bowl and three-bowl triples –securing qualification to national championships at both Worthing and Skegness respectively in the process.

Paul Caress

Paul Caress

On top of this, both Paul and Ashley went on to win coveted singles titles, making it a hat-trick of county honours each in just one week.

Paul won the EBA singles at Scunthorpe, beating Chris Hanslip from Immingham 21-18 in a pulsating final which lasted for 2.5 hours.

From 10-4 down, he fought back and took a 20-14 lead – meaning he needed just one more shot for the championship. But Hanslip responded and the game hung in the balance at 20-18 to set up a thrilling finish.

It was Hanslip who looked to be in control, laying two shots well. But Caress refused to roll over and produced a bowl from the gods to secure his first ever county singles title.

It is the second year running that the South Holland area can boast the winner of this title, with Carter’s Park ace Scott Dunham winning the crown in 2012.

Ashley, meanwhile, won the EBF Champion of Champions singles at Boston, beating Andy Willey from Brigg 21-14 in the final.

The last winner of this title from the Spalding area was Royal Mail Cart’s Paul Simpson, way back in 1999.

He is now tipped to win the national title at Skegness.

Other notable local champions are Dunham (Carter’s Park) and David Bristow (Donington).

Dunham became a double champion at Scunthorpe.He started by beating Richard Ashton from Bassingham in the two-bowl singles 15-7, before seeing off a Lincoln set 24-7 in the fours.

Bristow won the under-25 singles, beating Russell Dent from Cleethorpes 21-20 in a nail-biting finale.

Spalding Town duo David Gedney and Wayne Phoenix will represent Lincs at Worthing after winning a play-off. They beat Cleethorpes pair Nigel Cordy and Alan Dent.

Spalding will be well represented at Worthing in the final year of its existence, with all National Championships moving to Royal Leamington Spa in 2014.

In addition to that success, Ashley Caress’ mother, Tracy Philpott, was also crowned EBF Champion of Champions earlier this month.

She will now go on to represent Lincolnshire at the national championships at Skegness later this month.

She will be joined by Spalding Town team-mate Sylvia Wade as they compete in the pairs.