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Dicken breaks duck with two-title triumph; CROWN GREEN BOWLS.

The George's Steve Dicken broke his major individual title duck in style by collecting two within the space of seven days.

Firstly he teamed up with his clubmate Andy Petford to take the pounds 250 first prize in the Bewdley pairs floodlit, the duo clinching a 21-14 win in the final against Bob Green and Roger Mole.

Then he took the pounds 160 singles first prize in the Coombes Wood floodlit cup at Halesowen.

The W&W County star scraped through the quarter-finals 21-20 against Adrian Ford but was much more at ease against John Sturdy from Ye Olde Knowle, recovering from 12-8 down to win 21-17. The final saw Dicken romp home 21-6 in just 20 ends.

The Somers Floodlit also at Halesowen had a first prize of pounds 240 and Petford was one of the favourites.

He defeated Gary Marsh from King George VI 21-14 in the last eight and then romped home 21-6 in the semi-final over W&W county star Simon Trentham.

Petford, however, was to be the bridesmaid again when, after leading 12-8 in the final against Mark Ireland from Sutton Park he threw the jack off the green and never scored again, losing 21-12.

Ireland started with a quarter-final win of 21-7 over Ron Hales and then impressed in a 21-12 semi-final victory over The Granville's Anthony Bracken.
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Author:Wakelam, Mike
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 25, 1999
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