Short mat: Last day drama as the East Coast Triples goes to wire

Champions: Kerry Greenacre, Mike Boswell and Diane Boswell.

Champions: Kerry Greenacre, Mike Boswell and Diane Boswell. - Credit: Archant

Kerry Greenacre of Haddiscoe and Anglian Window's Diane and Mike Boswell are the new Potter's East Coast Triples champions after a thrilling finish on the fourth day of play at Potter's Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea.

Mike Boswell's triple enjoyed a great East Coast Triples opening day, winning all five games as did Shirley Brown of Costessey and Margaret and Malcolm Reynolds of RG Carter.

Boswell added four wins from five games on day two to retain the lead two points ahead of Reynold's triple and Paul Swain, Derek Barley and Margaret Barley of Carlton Colville.

Boswell looked almost home and dry after three day's play which left him on 26 points with Barley on 23 and Reynolds losing ground on 21.

Only two sessions remained on the last day and Boswell needed only one point to lift the trophy. But his triple suffered a 7-4 defeat against Margaret Barley's triple to set up an intriguing last session. Boswell faced Cambridgeshire's Lonnie Fyson and found himself in a fierce battle while Barley was storming ahead against Tony Orpin's Essex triple on the adjoining mat. If Boswell lost this match Barley would have completed a great last day comeback but Boswell achieved a 5-5 draw to leave his triple level with Barley on points but with a vastly superior shots difference. Malcolm Reynold's triple finished third.

In the Potter's East Coast Pairs there was an emotional win for Paul Cairns and Tony Orpin of Essex side East Hanningfield who beat Margaret and Malcolm Reynolds of RG Carter 10-6 in the final.

Tony had originally entered the event with his wife Jenny who later sadly passed away.

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