Acle bowler in open final

LEWIS Moore from the Acle Indoor Bowls Club qualified for the Welsh Open at his first attempt. Lewis joined the Professional Bowlers Association this year and had to travel to Poole in Dorset in order to qualify for one of the association's prestigious events.

FINALIST: Lewis Moore from the Acle Indoor Bowls Club (pictured) qualified for the Welsh Open at his first attempt, as reported briefly last week.

He joined the Professional Bowlers Association this year and had to travel to Poole in Dorset in order to qualify for one of the association's prestigious events. He won all six matches, and on the way disposed of some of the top bowlers in the country, knocking out three current England internationals.

The England team manager, Derek Collins, was asked by Acle club manager, Denis Goodley, to have at a look at Lewis and he reported back: "I was very impressed with Lewis, he played all the shots, was cool under pressure and he was a credit to the Acle club and I shall certainly be keeping an eye on his career progression."

Moore will travel to Swansea in the new year to take part in this televised event. His opponent in the first round is world-ranked Jonathan Ross.

Moore follows in the footsteps of club colleague Tim Stone, who qualified for this event last year but was unable to attend this year as he was on honeymoon.

This is the third time Acle players have appeared on the international scene, with George Tubby having qualified for the World Singles three years ago.