Hawker lifts the White Cup on his home green

Whaley Bridge and county regular Paul Hawker has lifted the 2018 White Cup.
Whaley Bridge and county regular Paul Hawker has lifted the 2018 White Cup.

Whaley Bridge and county regular Paul Hawker has lifted the 2018 White Cup.

He triumphed on the well appointed Whaley Bridge green which tested out the players.

Very quick but smooth would be an apt description where the players were rewarded by correct line and length but punished it they strayed.

Hawker began his quest for the trophy by edging out county colleague Steve Barber.

In the other quarter-final games Neil Hilbert defeated Paul Walton to 16, Tim Peach came from behind to oust Terry Holland to 17 while the closest game of the night was Dan Golpin defeat of Sean Waring by the narrowest of margins.

The semis were Hawker versus Hilbert and Peach versus Golpin with both games closed out at13.

Both Hawker and Peach bowler impeccably in victory to set up an intriguing final.

Hawker as a previous winner was off scratch plus a further two chalks deficit for being a Whaley Bridge playing member.

That left him needing to score 23 to claim victory while Peach was off plus three.

Hawker flew out of the traps and quickly erased the handicap before a break by Peach levelled the game at eight across.

Hawker then bowled impeccably for a number of ends, using his green knowledge and skills with devastating effect as he wrapped his bowls around the block.

It was only great efforts by Peach that kept the game alive as end after end his nine inch bowls were only savers.

The game ended at 12 when Peach led out, played a foot lead bowl only for Hawker to produce another wonderwood to claim the title.

This Friday sees the final of the Boston Trophy at Buxton Park between Chapel and Fairfield A starting at 7p.m.