Women take centre stage at Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
10:13 AM

The final of the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival’s Over-60s singles event was contested by two women for the very first time yesterday.

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The competition, sponsored by the Great Yarmouth Tourist Authority, saw Sheila Hardingham of Dilham Bowls Club miss out on the title as she lost 21-11 to Josie Tyers from the Church Warsop Club in Nottinghamshire.

The early stages of the final were a one-sided contest, with Josie leading 7-0 after five ends and 15-1 at nine ends.

Sheila then staged a fightback with two scores of two before Josie gained one shot on the next end.

By scoring two ones and a full house of four shots it looked as if Sheila was right back in the game but Josie had other ideas and scored a three and a one to take the 2012 title 21-11.

The first woman to be asked to join the tournament committee, Geraldine Reeve, became the first woman to mark a final at the festival.

In her semi-final Josie played John Poulter from the Chesterton Bowls Club, Cambridge.

In this game Josie again raced into an 8-3 lead and was 15-6 ahead after 13 ends. John then began a fightback and scored on the next five ends to reduce the deficit to just three after 17 ends before Josie held her nerve to cross the finishing line 21-12 after 21 ends.

In the other semi-final Sheila played former winner Timmy Cox of North Walsham Bowls Club. Sheila gained the upper hand early on and was 6-3 up after five ends and 10-5 after 10.

She maintained the momentum and after 15 ends led 17-5, Timmy managed a slight fightback but Sheila scored the shots required for a place in the final, winning 21-10 after 21 ends.

The losing quarter-finalists were, Brian Taylor, Ken Hadleigh, R Duff and D Cowie.

Today the Pub on the Prom sponsored over 60 open pairs, played in a group format, starts at 9am.