Higham’s Chloe is crowned a National champion

Chloe Wordingham shows off her trophy after being crowned the National Under-18 Singles champion
Chloe Wordingham shows off her trophy after being crowned the National Under-18 Singles champion
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Higham Ferrers Town’s Chloe Wordingham has been crowned the National Under-18 Singles bowls champion.

She beat Gloucestershire’s Adam Smith in the final of the Sutton Winson Under-18 Singles, a new competition introduced for this year as part of the National Championships in Leamington.

Wordingham was one of 11 young players from Northamptonshire involved and, having come through the first three rounds and a quarter-final, she found herself up against another Adam Smith, this one from Warwickshire, in the last four.

It proved to an excellent match in which Wordingham won the first set 4-1 before losing the second 8-0.

She claimed the third 5-4 and was beaten 7-2 in the fourth and it led to a one-bowl shoot-out.

Wordingham won the toss and asked her opponent to bowl first. He was around a yard short of the jack and the Higham youngster beat it to progress to the final.

Another Adam Smith, from Gloucestershire, awaited in that after he had beaten Northampton West End’s Danny Walker 3-0 in the semi-finals.

Wordingham won the first set 5-1 but Smith responded with a narrow 4-3 success in the second.

The Northants player replied with another 5-1 victory in the third.

In the fourth, Smith took the first three ends but Wordingham responded with three excellent bowls in the fourth to draw level and leave her needing one shot in the next end to seal the title.

Smith was lying two shots and it looked like going to another shoot-out but Wordingham’s perfect final bowl took shot and Smith’s response just slipped by.

It meant Wordingham secured the trophy and £200 first prize, all of which had been donated by sponsors Sutton Winson, Insurance & Risk Managers.

Don’t miss a round-up of local bowls news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph