Curtis celebrates England selection

sp92665 Chesterfield Awards. L-R, John Hooper, Scott Henman, Ray Marsden, Callum Mair, Martin Kimberley, Barrie Warren, Curtis Hooper, Owen Walters, Anthony Mason.
sp92665 Chesterfield Awards. L-R, John Hooper, Scott Henman, Ray Marsden, Callum Mair, Martin Kimberley, Barrie Warren, Curtis Hooper, Owen Walters, Anthony Mason.

Curtis Hooper has been celebrating after being selected for England’s U19 ten-pin bowling squad.

Curtis, a leading light at Chesterfield Spires Youth Bowling Club, is already an England U17 bowler and excelled at trails and gained his place in the U19 ranks.

Curtis, pictured third from the right, will now travel to Denmark next Easter with the England U19s for the European Championships which are held over nine days.

Meanwhile, Anthony Mason has won the ‘Dave Bamford Memorial Trophy’ at Ilkeston Bowl.

The tournament is open to competitors throughout England and Anthony is only the second Chesterfield bowler to take it home – the previous time being back in 1994 when it was won by C. Colegate.

Anthony’s next goal is to emulate the achievement of his father Mark and bowl a perfect 300 game.

Anthony has also just carried off trophies at the Chesterfield club for Most Improved, High Game Scratch and High Series Handicap as well as winning High Series Handicap Team and the ‘Mick Peaty Memorial Doubles’ with partner Barrie Warren

The Chesterfield Spires Youth Bowling Club’s other junior bowling awards for the 2011 season have also been made at the Storforth Lane Bowling Alley, where new members are always welcome on Saturday mornings.

The League Championship went to Callum Mair, Martin Kimberley and Scott Henman.

In the first league Thomas Jepson was successful in Most Improved Senior (+17), High Game Handicap and High Series Handicap and he also won High Game Handicap Team in partnership with Jacob Titterton.

Owen Walters took the Junior titles for both Most Improved and High Average. ‘Triple X’ bowlers Martin Kimberley and Scott Henman got trophies for both High Game Scratch Team (454 pins) and High Series Handicap Team.

The second league saw Scott Henman win High Average and High Game Handicap and in company with Martin Kimberley also took the High Game Handicap Team and High Series Scratch Team, while Martin won High Series Scratch.

Curtis Hooper and Liam Power came first in High Game Scratch Team. Most Improved Junior bowler was Callum Mair with an improvement of 16 pins on his game average and the High Average junior was Owen Walters (134).

In the ‘Graham Sharman Memorial Singles’ the Junior Handicap Champion Anthony Mason won the ‘Graham Sharman Cup’ with a score of 622.

The Junior Scratch winner was Owen Walters with a very impressive 473.

Senior Scratch award went to Curtis Hooper with 584 and Senior Handicap title holder is Jacob Titterton on 619 pins.

The awards were presented by club president John Hooper, secretary Ray Marsden and Mrs. Barbara Sharman.