Ben wins Lancashire trophy

Ben Walmsley the Lancashire Crown Green Bowls Junior Merit Winner

Ben Walmsley the Lancashire Crown Green Bowls Junior Merit Winner

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A 17-year-old from Adlington has secured a Lancashire bowls title in his final year as a junior.

Ben Walmsley, 17, won the Lancashire Junior Merit winners trophy just before he starts his quest for success in the seniors.

Ben, who has been playing bowls since he was 12, is delighted that he has finally managed to secure a piece of silverware.

He said: “It means the world to me that I’ve finally managed to win something.

“I’ve wanted to win this since I first started play and now I can finally say I have.”

Ben’s grandad first introduced him into the game, and he even plays with him on the same team.

Hilltops, who are based in Blackrod, has been the home club of Ben for a number of years.

He said: “I’ve played at Hilltops for a while.

“When I first started watching my grandad play I just loved the sport and wanted to start playing.”

Russell, Ben’s dad, follows him his son all over when playing for Lancashire and he insists although he isn’t his biggest fan, he is certainly up there.

He said: “I think grandad is my biggest fan.

“But I travel to every Lancashire game and watch him.

“When he won that tournament especially at his final year, I’ve got to admit it did bring a tear to my eye.”

Ben has represented Lancashire for more than five years and in his final year has even earned the captaincy.

In the final of the Merit event, he beat the winner of the previous two events Jack Marrow.

Not only on the Lancashire team, Jack is also a good friend of Ben’s and he said: “I kept really focused against him as I knew he was a good player.

“He is a great lad and a very good loser, but it was nice to beat him.

“Off the field we are still good friends – there is no hard feeling in the defeat.”

A special moment to his dad was that Ben won the event of Father’s Day.

Russell said: “I couldn’t have wished for a better

Father’s Day present.

“He made me so proud and it was brilliant.

“I’ve watched Ben since he was a toddler and to see what he has achieved has made me and his family very proud

indeed.”