Pairs are the dominant force in a busy weekend of top play at Hingham

Norfolk County Pairs Championship winners Owen Cranston and Chris Mann. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Norfolk County Pairs Championship winners Owen Cranston and Chris Mann. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

A busy weekend at Hingham Sports & Social Club saw both the Norfolk County Pairs Championships played as well as the Norfolk qualifier for the new National Over 55s Pairs.

Over 55’s Pairs Qualifier winners John Jarvis and Jenny Walker. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Over 55s Pairs Qualifier winners John Jarvis and Jenny Walker. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Owen Cranston of County Council and Chris Mann of Wymondham, last year's beaten finalists, lifted the Norfolk County Pairs title after a string of superb performances throughout the day. In the final they faced Hempnall's Neil Davidson and Wymondham's Jack Pye and after taking four shots on the fourth end to move 7-1 up their opponents changed playing positions. This made little impact as Cranston and Mann continued to dominate and their opponents conceded with two ends remaining with the score at 13-3.

In the third-place play-off, defending champion Nigel Willard, this year playing with Bob Carter team-mate Melvin Woods, beat Tony Ottewell and Mike Smail of Forncett 9-7.

The Over 55s National Pairs produced a day of very competitive bowling at Hingham. Fourteen pairs entered the Norfolk qualifying heat playing in a round robin format in two groups of seven pairs with the two top pairs in each group qualifying for the semi-finals.

There was no shortage of top names in action such as East Tuddenham's John Turner and Simon Willies, Elaine Willies and Nigel Willard and Jean and Melvin Woods of Bob Carter. After seven sessions of games Roger Steele of Wymondham and Gordon Wilcox of Hingham had performed above expectations and were in the semi-finals against Thorpe Marriott's John Jarvis and Jenny Walker.


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The other semi-final saw an all-Norfolk County squad clash with Jean and Melly Woods facing Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith who are currently unattached following the closure of Kirby Bedon SMBC.

John Jarvis and Jenny Walker were in tremendous form and claimed their place in the final with ease. Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith enjoyed a flying start against Jean and Melly Woods to reach the final.

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The final saw Jenny Walker and John Jarvis continue relentlessly on and they secured victory with an end to spare. In the third place play-off Jean & Melly Woods beat Steele & Wilcox after scoring three shots over the last two ends to snatch victory.

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