Ladies triples decided – and Willgress takes singles crown at Yarmouth Bowls Festival

Ladies Triples winners, Sheila Hardingham (middle), Sal Daviss and Sheila Crysell. Picture: Nick But

Ladies Triples winners, Sheila Hardingham (middle), Sal Daviss and Sheila Crysell. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Norfolk team won the Eastern Daily Press-sponsored Ladies Triples title at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival yesterday – while Wayne Willgress was crowned men's singles champion.

The Dilham and Stalham triple of Sal Daviss, Shelia Crysell and skip Shelia Hardingham – the singles winner – beat the mixed club triple of Julie Warmsley, Pat Groom and Enid Adams 23-13.

This game was close to begin with when the scores were level at 5-5 at five ends and then 10-10 after 11 ends.

The Adams trio then went 13-10 up after 13 ends, but then failed to score any shots over the last five ends, leaving the Hardingham triple to take away the honours.

In the semi-finals, the Adams triple beat Jean Carter, Margaret Fruin and Lynda Jenkins 23-5 while the Hardingham triple beat Jean Hearle, Margaret Betts and Lynne Quibell 17-15.

Norfolk Bowls Club's Willgress beat Mark Turner of County Arts 21-7 in the Borough Council-sponsored singles.

Willgress raced into a 7-2 lead after five ends before Turner narrowed the gap to 9-7 at 10, only for his opponent to score 12 shots without reply to win 21-7.

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In his semi-final Willgress played Micky Brown, from County Arts, in a game that was close at five ends, with Willgress 5-4 ahead. At 10 he was still in front 10-8, but by the 14th end Brown had closed the gap to one shot at 14-13. But he then failed to score any more shots and lost 21-13.

Turner came up against 83-year-old bowler George Scott from Settlement House Bowls Club, with the senior player making him fight hard for a 21-15 victory played over 25 ends.

In his first game of the day Turner played defending champion Mark Royal, of the Rookery Bowls Club, Stowmarket. Royal struggled with the speed of the green, but edged ahead 4-3 after five ends and 11-7 after 10, only for Turner to go in front 13-12, going on to win 21-17 after 26 ends.

The other losing quarter-finalists were John Colcolme, George Tubby and Derrick Green.

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