Whellams powers his way to Dane Bowl title
PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 September 2014
‘The Powerhouse’ in imperious form
Wanstead Central bowler Paul ‘The Powerhouse’ Whellams proved in imperious form in the Dane Bowl Champion of Champions Final as he swept aside the resistance of Plashet Park’s Moosa Patel to take the trophy in fine style.
The event was the blue riband competition on Group 5 Finals day at Wanstead Bowls Club on Sunday.
The experienced Middleton Cup player took full advantage of the fact his opponent had only been playing the game for three years as he opened up an early lead and never looked back.
“I was pleased with the way I bowled,” said Whellams. “I was very confident out there. I felt straight away I was on top in the game and I thought Moosa was probably a bit nervous and a bit erratic with his weight.
“I fluctuated the length of the jack a little bit and took advantage of that really.”
After being pegged back to 3-2 by Patel, Whellams moved up the gears and it was 19-2 before his opponent got another look in.
Whellam added: “He had to do something different and it did work for him for a couple of ends.
“But I thought on the last, he probably played to the length that I was playing and I managed to get the two I needed.”
Patel had pulled it back briefly to 19-6, but Whellams was never worried about a big comeback.
“When you are that far in front you can just play a normal game,” he said. “People always say the last couple of shots are the hardest to get, but I’ve been bowling so many years now, you just bide your time and it will come.”
It did. Whellams got home by 21-6 and was suitably delighted.
“This was the one I really wanted to win,” he added. “So many good players have won this, especially from our club, like Rod Hudson who has won it numerous times, so I wanted to leave my name here.”
‘The Powerhouse’ certainly did that and his name rightly goes into the record books.
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