A week to remember for Smith

Halvergate's David Smith followed up last weekend's triumph in the EBF Under-25 singles at Skegness by winning the Yarmouth Festival's Astro Communications U25 singles yesterday.

Halvergate's David Smith followed up last weekend's triumph in the EBF Under-25 singles at Skegness by winning the Yarmouth Festival's Astro Communications U25 singles yesterday.

In the final he beat Norfolk Bowling Club's Jake Willgress, who had been a losing finalist in the fours with brother Wayne and dad Chris on Tuesday.

It might have been an all-Wilgress final, but Smith came back from 8-1 down to beat All England EBA triples winner Wayne 21-15 in the quarter-finals.

His semi-final opponent was Richard Summers (Honingham), who won two of his three 'round robin' games 21-20 before winning his last-16 match by the same score and beating Alister Cook (Halesworth) 21-16 in the quarters.


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A good game saw Smith leading 13-7 after 11 ends before Summers hit back with nine on the next four ends to go ahead 16-13. Smith then proved his mettle to win the next six ends to reach the final 21-16.

Swardeston's Chris Wells and Adam Tysoe Woolverton were all-square on 16-all after 18 ends of their quarter-final before Wells won the next four ends to win 23-16.

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Jake Willgress, having overrun Ryan Willoughby (Halesworth) 21-7, soon found his line against Wells to lead 13-5 after 10 ends. Although Wells hit back to 11-14 Willgress closed out the game 21-11.

In the final, Smith led 9-4 before Willgress fought back to score 10 over the next five ends to inch ahead 14-9. After 18 ends Willgress still led 15-13 but a four-one-one to Smith saw him regain the lead and clinch the match 21-17.

Roger Denny and Alfie Chambers hit the jackpot by retaining the Palace Casino and Bingo sponsored men's pairs in a memorable final.

Halesworth's Roger Denny and Eye's Alfie Chamber beat Acle's Simon Elliott and Darren Rowsell 25-14 in a final which produced some incredible bowls to keep a packed crowd on the edge of their seats.

The champions led 7-0 after four ends but trailed 8-7 after seven ends. At 14 ends the Chambers' duo led 15-14 before a two-three saw them 20-14 up.

The 17th end saw woods delivered never to be forgotten with the jack no more than two feet from the ditch.

Chambers drew his second wood 14 inches short. Rowsell's next wood drew round the shot wood and took the jack to the edge of the green with the wood dropping into the ditch less than a foot away.

Chambers then played a wood that just reached the jack, putting it in the ditch and falling on top of it to win the end.

They followed this up with a three-one-one-three to complete a brilliant victory.

The Suffolk boys had been too strong for Bradenham's John and Michael Tufts in the semi-finals, running out 23-12 winners.

The other semi, between the Acle duo and Nofolk BC's Brian Holcroft and Charlie Boon was a much closer game than the 22-15 scoreline suggests.

The scores were level at five-all after nine ends and though the Acle pair then inched ahead 12-8 the NBC duo came back to lead 15-14 after 15 ends before Elliott and Rowsell hit a golden patch to finish them off.

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