Whitehead and Adams claim pairs title at Yarmouth Festival

Brenda White and Enid Adams eased to the Ladies Pairs title at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival yesterday.

White, of Norfolk Bowls Club and Adams (Nottingham) were out the blocks quickly against June Merrett and Jean Stephenson and opened up a 7-3 lead after five ends.

The Stephenson pair then rallied, reducing the lead to just one at 12-11 but they won just two more singles as Adams & White ran out 21-14 winners.

Merrett and Stephenson played Rachel Clarke from Aldeby and Tracy Knights from Hales in their semi-final.

The Knights pair were always in control until the 18th end of the 21 end semi-final when they dropped a disastrous seven from which they never recovered, going from 18-10 up to lose 22-18.

In the other semi-final White & Adams played Sheila Hardingham of Dilham and Pam Rolph of Mill Farm. At five ends they trailed 9-5 but a run of 14 shots to their opponents' two saw them go on to win 20-16.

In the Men's Pairs brothers Adam and Matthew Carter along with father Chris of Cantley played Rocky Lewis, Mick King (Downham Market) and skip Mark Riches (Norfolk Bowls Club).

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This game was close to start with – Riches' triple led 5-3 after five ends before the Cantley triple then went ahead 10-5 after 10 ends before eventually running out 17-8 winners.

Losing semi-finallists were Mic Steppings, Andrew Wilkinson from Foulsham and County Arts' Peter Wilkinson and the Caister triple of Graham Punchard, Alan Benson-Nutt and Barney Wymer.

The men's singles start at 9am today.