Ryan Atkins of Malvern Hills Indoor Bowls Club has won the English Indoor Bowls Under 25 Singles Championship 2020, being only the second person to win this prestigious Competition twice, alongside former World Champion Mervyn King.
Atkins qualified for the Final stages held at Spalding,Lincs after winning the Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset regional rounds. In the first game he defeated Ray Nash of the Moonfleet Club,Dorset on a tie break and then in the Quarter-Final won comfortably 2 sets to nil over Dan Cawthorne of Gallow,Norfolk. In the Semi-Final Atkins held the upper hand against local player David Bristow of Sleaford,Lincs winning 2 sets to nil which set up a rerun of last years Final against Connor Cinato of Kingsthorpe,Northants.
Atkins was in top form and took the first set 11,2. Cinato got back into the game in the second set and led 7,2 with 2 ends to play. Atkins drew well to score 2 shots on the penultimate end to need 3 on the final end. Atkins put 3 Bowls within 6 inches to force Cinato to play weight taking out 1 of the scoring Bowls. With his last Atkins drew within 18 inches forcing Cinato to play weight again, missing the target for Atkins of Malvern to tie the set and claim the title.
Atkins will now represent England in the British Isles event in Llanelli and the World Under 25 Singles in Australia. We all send huge congratulations to Ryan for this great achievement and wish him the best of luck in all future competitions both here and abroad.