Battle hotting up for bowls senior title

The final stages of the over-60s open singles sponsored by Great Yarmouth Tourism will be played at the town's Bowls Festival today, starting at 9am.

The first game will be between Mrs S Hardingham and K Handleigh. In her group games Hardingham beat Mrs J Frohawk 15-8, P Duke 15-4 and R Hart 15-11 while in his group Handleigh lost his first game against J Best 15-10 but beat F Ray 15-2 and P Miller 15-10 to top the group with four points and the best shot difference.

In the next game R Duff will play T Cox. Duff won his first game 15-7 against J Orton and the next against K Hutson 15-8 before losing his last 15-12 and winning the group on shot deference.

Cox won all his games, topping the group with six points.

The third game will be between Mrs J Tyers and D Cowie who both had to win their games to top their groups, Tyers won her three games 15-12, 15-10 and 15-13 against Thompson, P Clarke and A Buck. Cowie played L Jenkins, D Bryan and M Jackson and won 15-12, 15-12 and 15-10 respectively.

In the last game Norfolk Middleton Cup manager Brian Taylor will play J Poulter.

Taylor won all his group matches against D Brawn, C Ward and A Goodhew while Poulter beat R Churcher 15-13, lost to N Gant 15-14 but in beating R French in his last game 15-10 won the group by having one shot better than runner-up French.