Plenty of extra end drama at Yarmouth

The Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls continues today with two more events reaching their climax.

The final stages of the men's triples sponsored by the Nottingham Bowls Shop and the ladies' pairs sponsored by Bon Marche are being played on the seafront greens, with the semi-finals starting at 9am and the finals at 1pm.

The first game in the men's competition will be between Gary Oakley and Chris and Wayne Willgress and Mark Elliott, David Sherman and Kenny Breame.

In their first game the Willgress triple played Matt and Mark Flatman and Tom Critoph, and were always just in front, being 5-3 ahead after five ends, 8-7 after 10 ends and 12-11 after 15. They then scored on the last three ends, winning 18-17.

Next they played Clive Derry, Mark Turner and Trevor Jermy. In this game the Jermy triple were in front early on, leading 9-6 at five ends and 11-9 after 10.

They were still in front 16-14 after 15. Wayne's triple scored five shots over the next two ends to lead 19-16, only to see Trevor score three shots on the final end to tie the game. Wayne gained a single shot on the extra end to win by 20-19.

The Breame triple played John Hunter, Bruce Hubbard and Bernie Perrett in their first game and with the help of scoring six shots on the third end led 16-6 after 10 ends before winning comfortably 22-6.

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Next they played M Wilkinson, M Lain and M Wilkinson and soon found themselves in trouble, being 11-1 down at six ends and 14-4 after 11 ends. But a count of five at the next end saw them begin a fightback and they eventually won 17-16.

The second semi-final will be between John Colcolme, Paul Webb and Peter Boldero and Frank Ray, Stan Buck and Peter Sabberton.

Boldero's triple, playing against G Stokes, A Shepard and P Duke, had a easy win by 25-8. They then played P Lincoln, L Winterton and P Clarke and again had no difficulty in winning 21-11.

Sabberton's triple played D Brawn, C Neal and C Ward and this game was very tight throughout. They were 8-6 up at 10 ends, 11-9 down after 15 ends and the game was tied at 12-12 at the 18th end. Sabberton's men got one shot on the extra end to win by a single shot.

They then played G Punchard, G Haylett and B Wymer. This game was also all square after the allotted 18 ends, only for the Sabberton triple to again get a single shot on the extra end to win by one shot.

The other losers were N Brown, A and C Carter, D Bailey, R Daw and R Allen, B Downie and M and J Tufts and R Himpleman, P Barber and N Lambert.

In the ladies' pairs B Whitehead and E Adams, beat J Hearle and L Quibell 16-15 in the first game and then saw off S White and S Crysell 26-19.

They will now play M Haylett and G Reeve who played R Carter and Y Gant in their first game and were always in front, winning 26-14.

They then faced M Oram and E Davidson and in a high scoring game won 26-21.

In the other semi-final M Betts and C Wadlow played M Baird and E Shorter and this game was close all the way through, with Wadlow's team winning by two shots.

They will now play S Stacey and J Kirby who found themselves 16-9 down against J Pearson and G Brown before a strong fightback in the middle of the game saw them win 23-20.

In their earlier game the Kirby pair beat J Caton and S Millard 30-8.