Norfolk’s double triumph

Norfolk's outdoor bowls season closed on Saturday with the finals of the Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships at Clacton-on-Sea BC with Norfolk bringing home the pairs and triples titles.

In the triples, Downham Market's Max Harrison, Rocky Lewis and Peter Boldero had a comfortable win in the semi-final beating Paul Murray, Jim Allen and Tom Cawdell of Bedfordshire 19-9.

In the final they met the Huntingdonshire trio of Robbie Coleman, Kevin Warwick and Barry Kitto.

In a tight game with few shots separating the teams throughout the Norfolk trio took a one shot lead into the last end and with a last end double took the title by 15 shots to 12.

Having received a walkover in the semi final, Roger Guy and John Ottaway of Wymondham Dell took on Hertfordshire's Robbie Ranstead and Danny Macro.

A count of four-shots on the first end set the Norfolk pair on their way and this was a lead they never relinquished and they pulled away to secure a comfortable 30-15 victory.

In the junior singles semi final, Liam Stevenson took on former national junior singles champion and junior international Mark Nullmeyers of Essex, and with a great performance he claimed an emphatic 21-12 victory.

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In the final, against Suffolk champion Elliot Last, however, Stevenson got of to a slow start and, although he rallied over the latter stages of the match, Last ran out a deserved winner, 21-13.

Norfolk's representative in the fours, John Hunter, Tony Goodson, Kenny Breame and Michael Hunter, went out in semi-finals to Harry Wright, Joe Dunne, Tony Clift and James Parsley from Cambridgeshire.

Falling behind 13-2 the Norfolk four staged a dramatic late recovery to reduce the deficit to only one shot playing the last end only for Cambridgeshire to take the last end and a place in the final.

Final results:

Junior Singles: Elliott Last (Suffolk) 21, Liam Stevenson (Norfolk) 13.

Singles: Graham White (Bedfordshire) 21, Andrew Briden (Hertfordshire) 19.

Pairs: Roger Guy, John Ottaway (Norfolk) 30; Robbie Ranstead, Danny Macro (Hertfordshire) 15.

Triples: Max Harrison, Rocky Lewis, Peter Boldero (Norfolk) 15; Robbie Coleman, Kevin Warwick, Barry Kitto (Huntingdonshire) 12.

Fours: Mark Christmas (Essex) 21, James Parsley (Cambridgeshire) 12.

• The Eastern Counties League has been completed. Essex, with victories in their last two matches, took the title with Norfolk finishing as runners up.

However Norfolk young bowlers have taken the U30 League title by the narrow margin of one point.

Manager Daniel Noble said: 'The lads in the teams over the season deserve great credit for some outstanding performances and congratulations should go to them all.'

• The Norfolk County (EBA) Association annual luncheon and prize presentation with be held at the Holiday Inn, Cromer Road Norwich on Sunday, October 9 (12.30pm for 1pm) with tickets priced at �21 and available from the County Secretary, Peter Bird.

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