Youngsters create history in Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls

For the first time in the history of the Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls the ladies pairs was won by two 16-year-olds as Rebecca Carter and Anna Chalk beat Ada Sumpter and Jenny Kirby 22-20 in the final.

Jenny and Ada held the advantage early on, leading 7-2 at five ends and 12-6 after 10 ends. The turning point came on the 13th end when Rebecca and Anna scored six shots to lead 14-12. A run of six shots saw the Kirby pair lead 18-15 after 18 ends only for the youngsters to pick up another six on the 19th end, finally winning 22-20 to take the 2012 title.

In their semi-final of an event sponsored by Bon Marche (Great Yarmouth) the Kirby pair beat M Haylett and G Reeve 22-20 and the Chalk pair beat M Cole and M Beck 20-16.

For second year running the final of Nottingham Bowls Shop sponsored men's triples was played between Gary Oakley and Chris and Wayne Willgress and John Colcombe, Paul Webb and Peter Boldero.

The Willgress triple started well and were 6-3 up at five ends. Boldero fought back and the score after 10 ends was level at 9-9. The Willgress team then won the next four ends to lead 14-9 before failing to score on the last four ends, dropping a one and two threes to trail 16-14 on the 17th end.

Boldero held the advantage on the last end, scoring two shots to retain the title 18-14.

Today sees the start of the blue ribband event of the Festival, the Great Yarmouth Borough Council sponsored men's singles.

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Play starts at 9am.