GRAHAM Shadwell and Marcia Hartley won the prestigious men’s and ladies’ singles titles at the Clarrie Dunbar Club Competitions finals last weekend, writes DAVE EATON.

Both players retained their titles, Shadwell beating Keith Bailey in the final 21-10 and Hartley defeating Thelma Bailey 21-4.

Shadwell and Hartley will now represent Clarrie in the national Champion of Champions competition next season.

Shadwell has previously won the national crown twice before in 2005 and 2013.

Normally the club competitions weekend would mark the end of the winter season at Dunbar, but this winter season has been extended by an extra week because the Clarrie Dunbar team have reached the final stages (last four) of the Top Club national mixed competition being held tomorrow (Saturday) in Yorkshire at York and District Indoor Bowls Club.

In tomorrow’s semi-final starting at 10am Clarrie face the 2015 champions Spalding from Lincolnshire, the winner then competing at 2pm against the winner of other semi between Kingsthorpe (Northamptonshire) and 2016 Champions Swale (Kent) for the title.

Last season Dunbar reached a national semi-final in a team event for the very first time but missed out in the Egham Trophy semis to Kent side Swale (Sittingbourne).

They will be hoping to add to the two individual national titles that Shadwell has won in the Champion of Champions competition in 2005 and four years ago.

The club has already won the men’s overall Wessex League title as well as the men’s Somerset County League, Optika Top Nine, County Triples, County Fours, as well as having had seven qualifiers for national finals at Melton and Nottingham and reaching the quarter-finals of the men’s Denny Cup and mixed Egham Trophy, both national inter-club championship competitions.

Clarrie Dunbar have announced their side for the Top Club semi-final. It shows one change to the team picked for the Torquay United game - Jo Dunford coming in for Jeanette Wheeler in the ladies two wood singles.

TOP CLUB TEAM v Spalding tomorrow at York (10am).

Two Wood Singles - Ladies: Jo Dunford. Men: Keith Bailey. Mixed Pairs: Marcia Hartley & Neil Collett. Mixed Triples: Thelma Bailey, Craig Hadfield-Doughty & Andy Colebrooke. Mixed Fours: Nicola Radcliffe, Kim Smith, Russell Francis & Graham Shadwell.

SIX PLAYERS all won two events in the end of season club competitions staged at Clarrie Dunbar last weekend.

Duncan McGovern won the open singles and open two wood singles but missed out on a treble when losing in the over 60s singles final.

Teenager Jamie Shadwell took the open novices/junior singles title as well as the mixed pairs title but lost in the final of the open singles.

His father Graham Shadwell notched a double in the men’s singles and men’s pairs but missed a treble losing in the open pairs final.

Marcia Hartley won the ladies singles and open pairs, Jeanette Wheeler also took two titles ladies pairs and ladies over 60s singles while Alan Brown was a member of the successful open triples and mixed pairs teams.


MENS, Club Singles: Graham Shadwell beat Keith Bailey 21-10.

Pairs: Jamie Shadwell & Russell Francis beat Charlie Robertson & David Pitcher 22-11.

Over 60s Singles: John Freeman beat Duncan McGovern 21-15.

LADIES, Club Singles: Marcia Hartley beat Thelma Bailey 21-4.

Pairs: Jeanette Wheeler & Debbie Shadwell beat Nicola Radcliffe & Jo Dunford 19-17.

Over 60s Singles: Jeanette Wheeler beat Annie Jones 21-10.

MIXED, Pairs: Kim Smith & Graham Shadwell beat Irene Abel & Alan Brown 20-6.

Pairs: Irene Abel, Christine Buxton, Alan Brown & Francis Parker beat Dorothy Amor, Charlie Nash, Caroline Nash & Brian Hawkins 20-6.

OPEN, Singles (sets): Duncan McGovern beat Jamie Shadwell 2-1 (11-2, 8-9, 2-1).

Pairs (sets): Marcia Hartley & Colin Easton beat Kenzie & Graham Shadwell 1.5-0.5 (7-7, 8-3).

Triples: Peter Hooley, Alan Brown & Craig Hadfield-Doughty beat Robin Miles, Mick Maslen & Colin Easton 22-12.

Novice/Junior Singles: Jamie Shadwell beat Fez Parker w/o.

Two wood singles: Duncan McGovern beat Nick Greening 21-17.

GRAHAM Shadwell, from the Spencer Moulton outdoor club in Bradford on Avon, has been chosen for the England men’s side to play in the British Isles Bowls Council International Series to be held this year at Belmont BC Belfast from July 1-2.

He is named at number three in the rink of Josh Minto (Northumberland), Andy Walters (Worcs), Shadwell and skipped by Stephen Farish (Cumbria).

Shadwell’s selection is dependent on him attending the England squad day on June 4 at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.