Norfolk hopefuls crash out of World Bowls Tour ranking event on same day

Just when things were looking so good for Mervyn King and his ex-Gallow clubmate Jamie Chestney in the Co-operative Funeralcare International Open in Blackpool, the Norfolk duo suffered a double whammy disaster yesterday, and crashed out of the World Bowls Tour ranking event.

King was the first to go, giving best to five time world indoor singles champion Alex 'Tattie' Marshall, who won in straight sets, 9-3 9-5.

Hopes that the Gallow ace might force the Scot into a tiebreak were still alive after three ends of the second set, but two doubles put Marshall in charge, and a full house on the sixth end left King trailing by nine shots to two, and the match was as good as over.

Chestney's quarter-final with City of Ely star Nicky Brett was much closer, producing some high quality bowls. But it was world No 16 Brett who held his nerve to come out on top in a tense tiebreak, 7-8 8-7 2-0.

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