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Newark's summer pairs titles go down to the wire on comeback themed evening

Cafferata Ladies’ Jane Hartley and Newcastle Youngers’ Jackie Dennis came from behind to claim the summer pairs’ title for the first time, while Railway Club’s Martin Fryer and Kieran Cumberland added the summer crown to their winter title in another tight final at RHP Sports and Social.

The ladies’ event saw Hartley and Dennis overcome Cafferata’s Kelly Barrett and Eugene Hallam 2-1 in their opening match of the night, before securing a place in the final with a 2-0 victory over Spring House Misfits’ Jenny Mason and Linda Brockson.

Their opponents in the final were the seemingly perennial champions Anice Wells and Linda Gregory, of the Younger, who were looking to add the summer title to their winter title for a remarkable fifth successive season.

LADIES’ champions Jane Hartley and Jackie Dennis.
LADIES’ champions Jane Hartley and Jackie Dennis.

The reigning champions secured their final berth with an opening 2-0 victory over Misfits’ Jodie Brumpton and Ann Hubbard, before a hard fought 2-1 semi-final win over Plough Artists’ Karen Whittaker and Anita Scott.

The opening two legs of the final were tight affairs, but it appeared the title would be remaining in the hands of Wells and Gregory as they hit a finish apiece to give them a 2-0 lead.

The third leg proved to be a turning point as the holders missed several opportunities to complete a 3-0 victory, which allowed Dennis to check out on double-four and keep the match alive.

MEN’S winner Martin Fryer and Kieran Cumberland.
MEN’S winner Martin Fryer and Kieran Cumberland.

The fourth saw Dennis hole out with a double-16 finish to take the match into a decider.

And in the concluding leg Hartley landed the decisive double-one finish to complete a terrific fight-back and claim their first summer pairs’ title.

The men’s event saw the reigning winter champions start their route to the summer final as they hit a checkout apiece as they overcame Castle And Falcon Marauders’ Tom Greenhalgh and Steven Barnett 2-1 in the opening round, before once again sharing the finishes as they defeated team-mates Russell Rose and Andy Pevler 2-0.

Their semi-final clash saw them pushed all the way as they edged out Hawaii 501s’ John Esam and Kevin Rose 2-1 with Fryer checking out on both occasions.

Their opponents in the final were Plough Coddington’s Kevin Oxberry and Richard Durham, who didn’t drop a single leg on route.

The opening leg of the final went the way of the Plough duo as Oxberry checked out on double-ten.

They dropped their first leg of the night as Fryer levelled things up on double-16, before going ahead after landing a double-ten.

The fourth leg saw Fryer set off with 120, but a missed double proved costly as Oxberry took the match into a decider as he checked out on double-two.

The concluding leg saw the Railway pair build a small lead and Fryer continued his impressive finishing form to check out on 32 to complete a hard- fought 3-2 win.

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