George Tubby crowned Norfolk EBA singles champion for second time
George Tubby of Acle St Edmunds has been crowned as Norfolk EBA singles champion for the second time, beating Wayne Willgress of Norfolk BC 21-10 in the final.
Bowling superbly, Tubby took an early lead to open a 12-8 lead before Willgress turned a four shot deficit into two shots to be only two behind.
At that stage it looked like Willgress would take control but Tubby maintained his form and conceded no more shots to go on & take the title.
In the semi-finals Tubby had beaten England international Mervyn King equally convincingly by the same score while Willgress had a comfortable 21-11 victory over Acle's John Colcombe.
There was double disappointment for Willgress as, partnering John Tufts in the final of the pairs, he lost to the Acle duo of John Colcombe and Andy Siely.
An early count of five put the Acle duo in control and a score of six shots on the 17th end put them firmly ahead. The match was conceded on the 18th end with Acle leading 24-11
In the two-wood singles semi-final at Swaffham Town, Peter Wilkinson of County Arts reached his first County final by beating Karol Mikulik of the GW Staniforth club 16-7 with the match being conceded at 18 ends. Wayne Willgress awaits – hoping to make it third time lucky in this season's finals.
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In the U25 singles, Sam King went further than dad Mervyn by beating David Smith of Freethorpe, who took a 9-3 lead before junior international King hit back to lead 16-12. Smith rallied to only 19-18 behind before two singles saw King win 21-18.
Results. Singles semi-finals: George Tubby (Acle St Edmunds) 21 Mervyn King (Hunstanton EBA) 10; Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 21 John Colcombe (Acle St Edmunds) 11. Final: George Tubby 21 Wayne Willgress 10.
Two Wood Singles semi-final: Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) 16, Karol Mikulik (GW Staniforth) 7.
U25 Singles semi-final: Sam King (Hunstanton EBA) 21, David Smith (Freethorpe) 18.
Pairs Final: John Colcombe, Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds) 24, John Tufts, Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 11
Remaining County finals will be played at Norfolk BC on Sunday, as follows:
Triples at 10.00am: Charles West, Chris Willgress, Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) v Justin Hudson, Ian Whiley, Mervyn Chapman (Wootton Park)
Two Bowl Singles at 1pm: Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) v Peter Wilkinson (County Arts)
U25 Singles at 2.30pm: Josh Baxter (Caister) v Sam King (Hunstanton EBA)
Fours at 2.30pm: Daniel Seabourne, Simon Elliott, George Tubby, Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds) v Justin Hudson, Simon Peach, Mervyn Chapman, Ian Whiley (Wootton Pk)
• County Arts are the new Norfolk club champions after beating North Walsham EBA in the final of the Bales Cup by 59 shots to 54.
Victory was built on the rink skipped by Mark Turner, who won by an 11 shot margin. North Walsham had success on the other rinks skipped by Trevor Webb and Daniel Noble, but County Arts always had the upper hand and were deserved winners.
Rink Scores (County Arts names first): George McElveen, Ben Curtis, Martin Rounce, Philip Barr 13 Bryan Sadler, David Brawn, Malcolm Nicholson, Trevor Webb 18; Tom Segolo, Clive Derry, Paul Shackcloth, Mark Turner 26 Roger Greef, Terry Gotts, Chris Ward, Graham Potter 15; Keith Tooley, James Segolo, Peter Wilkinson, Brian Taylor 20 Pat Morris, Bob Hurn, Mick Harvey, Daniel Noble 21.