Betts and Wadlow sparkle in the rain

The final stages of the Yarmouth Festival Bon Marche Ladies' Pairs and Nottingham Bowls Shop Men's Triples were played in wet and windy conditions yesterday.

The ladies pairs was won by Margaret Betts and Chris Wadlow (Tydd St Mary/Tilney St Lawrence) who beat Brenda Whitehead and Enid Adams (Norfolk Bowls Club/Wilford Nottingham) by 16-13.

There were only singles scored over the first five ends for Wadlow to lead 3-2 but helped by scoring six shots over three ends Adams' pair went in front 9-5. At 15 ends they were still in front by a single shot at 11-10. With Adams and Whitehead only scoring two more shots the Wadlow pair took the title, winning 20-13.

In the semi-finals Wadlow and Whitehead played Melanie Haylett and Geraldine Reeve (Acle/ Caister). In this game Adams and Whitehead were one down after five ends, three up after 10, then 13-10 up after 15 ends only to go into the last end three down.

But with her last bowl of the match Adams ditched the jack to count four shots to win the game by one shot.

Wadlow and Betts played Sheila Stacey and Jenny Kirby (Sparrows Nest/Acle. This game was very even throughout. Two shots on the 18th end saw the Kirby pair lead 13-10 but they failed to score on any of the last three ends to lose 16-13.

The men's triples final was between Gary Oakley and Chris and Wayne Willgress (Norfolk Bowls Club) and John Colcombe, Paul Webb and Peter Boldero (Acle/Downham Market).

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The Willgress triple raced into a 7-0 lead after three ends but failed to score on any of the next five ends to trail 9-7. Then, with Wayne getting maximum results with his running bowls, they led 16-14. He then began to fail with his running bowls which resulted in him not scoring on any of the last three ends and the Boldero triple took the title 17-16.

In their semi-final the Boldero triple played Frank Ray, Stan Buck and Peter Sabberton (County Arts/ Settlement House). Boldero was always in control, moving 13-2 up after nine ends. Sabberton then fought back to be only 13-8 down after 12 ends but failed to keep the fightback going which resuled in Boldero winning 19-9.

The other semi-final saw Willgress' triple play Mark Elliott, David Sherman and Kenny Breame (Acle/Hingham Rectory/RG Carters). A six on the first end helped Willgress to lead 10-5 after five ends while a four on the ninth end gave him a lead of 16-10. He strengthened his position over the final ends to win 27-13.

Today sees the start of the blue riband event of the tournament, the Palace Casino sponsored men's singles, which will see pairs winner Mark Royal of the Rookery Club, Stowmarket, return to defend his title. Play starts at 9am today with final stages on Friday, with final to start at approximately 1pm.