CORNER BROOK — City kegler Clarence Bennett won the men’s singles crown at the 2012 provincial B five-pin bowling championships in Corner Brook Saturday night.
Bennett took the singles title with a 232-177 decision over Paul Gulliver in the final. Bennett stopped Rod Oxford of Corner Brook 262-254 in the semi-final after Oxford won 209-180 over Terry Ireland and 205-198 over Tom Kennedy.
Mary Murphy of St. John’s won the women’s singles crown as a member of the Coastline Specialities-Bell Aliant team, which went on to claim top honours in the women’s team competition.
Murphy’s title came after a 251-163 win over Mary Lou Manning and 211-164 over Edith Snelling. Snelling defeated Karen Johnson 177-156 and Janet Smith 205-198.
The Coastline Specialties-Bell Aliant team of Kelly Murphy, Mary Lawlor, Bette Murphy, Marie O’Rielly, Mary Murphy and Elizabeth Collins had 76.5 points as second-place Brothers and Simms-Sun Life earned 72.5. Alley Cats finished third on 63 points and Tiny’s Bar and Grill had 59 points, Plaza Bowl had 54.5 points and Dolls had 29.5 points.
Meanwhile, the City Wide team of Paul Barron, Wayne Dawson, Phillip Cave, Paul Gulliver, Noel Doyle and Cristian Winters surged during the final day and finished with 90 points, five points ahead of second-place Porters with 90 in men’s team competition.
Corner Brook was third on 73.5 points. Other teams were Delta St. John’s with 73, Centeast with 58.5, Tucker Electronics with 50, Canadian Helecopters with 47.5, Grand Falls-Windsor with 45.5 and Plaza Bowl with 44.
Paul Barron won the men’s averages with 227.9, ahead of Bennett with 223.6. Roger Cairns with 223.5, Kennedy with 223.1 and Oxford with 220.9.
Janet Smith of Alley Cats recorded the top female average of 212.9 and Edith Snelling of Tiny’s Bar and Grils was second with 211.7. Jennifer Torraville of Brothers and Simms-Sun Life finished third on 204.4, Murphy had 200.1 and Rita Torraville of Brothers and Simms-Sun Life rounded out the top five averages on 192.2.