Tom Segolo sweeps to hat-trick of titles at county finals

Norfolk fell just short in the final of the John's Trophy against Kent. Picture: Archant

Norfolk fell just short in the final of the John's Trophy against Kent. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant � 2010

Host club Norfolk BC dominated the Norfolk Bowls Association Men's County finals on Saturday with Tom Segolo the star of the show.

Segolo took the prestigious singles title and the junior singles victory along with the junior pairs alongside his twin brother, James.

In the singles he met Acle's Andy Siely and the match was evenly poised through the early ends but Segolo took control as the match went on and ran out the winner by 21 shots to 14.

The junior singles was a different matter with Luke Preston from Northwold seemingly in charge and leading 19 shots to 15 but Segolo then scored a maximum four shots followed by a two to take the title.

By lifting both the junior singles and singles in the same season, Segolo joins Wayne Willgress, Stephen Winter and Mervyn King in achieving this feat. The third title came in the junior pairs, which is in its inaugural season, with the Segolo twins overcoming the Diss/Acle combination of Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills, winning 16-12.

Norfolk BC also lifted the two wood singles, pairs and triples titles. Matt Flatman took his first county title, winning the two wood singles by beating Swaffham Town's Colin Scott 16-9.

In the pairs John Tufts and Wayne Willgress looked to be heading for defeat against Dan Seabourne and George Tubby of Freethorpe but a strong finish from the Norfolk BC pair saw them get home by 22 shots to 18 to regain the title they won in 2014 and 2015. Richard Summers' trio lifted the triples crown with a 17-12 victory over Downham Market's Peter Chestney.

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County Arts, skipped by Philip Barr, took the fours title with a 27-15 victory over John Ottaway's Wymondham Dell quartet whilst in the Senior Fours, in an all west Norfolk affair, Bob Allen's four from St Lawrence proved too strong for Upwell's Nigel Carter winning 22-17.

All finalists now go forward to represent the county in the Bowls England National Championships at Victoria Park Royal Leamington Spa in August except for the junior pairs and senior fours where the winners only go forward.

In addition the winners of the junior singles, singles, pairs, triples and fours also go forward to represent the county in the Eastern Counties Bowling Association championships.

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