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Another young hero for Yarmouth bowls crowd

PUBLISHED: 00:43 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:51 03 July 2010

Father and son duo Tony and Danny Seabourne were swiftly brought down to earth after their triumph in Tuesday's fours final at the 64th Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival.

Father and son duo Tony and Danny Seabourne were swiftly brought down to earth after their triumph in Tuesday's fours final at the 64th Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival.

Twenty-four hours after sharing the rinks glory with Lee Dickson and Steve Touhy they were making an early exit from the Palace Bingo-sponsored men's pairs, losing to another local duo John Colcombe and Les Smith - who themselves went out in the second round.

The other half of the winning fours team, however, had no problems, Dickson and Touhy progressing through two rounds to look a good bet to add another trophy.

Meanwhile, another father and son team emerged as favourites for the seafront crowds.

Edward Lambert, at 11 two years younger than Danny Seabourne, progressed to the second round with his father Nigel - despite conceding a maximum eight on the 11th end of their first round match.

Fortunately they were 18-3 up at the time, and they held on to win 26-23.

Defending champions Trevor Jermy and Mark Turner, of County Arts, were beaten by R Taylor and B Downie after starting their campaign with a win.

But last year's runners-up, Darren Rowsell and Simon Elliott of Acle St Edmunds, are still in the hunt to go one better this time after coming safely through the first two rounds.

The most convincing win of the day was recorded by another Acle pair, Tony Dunton and M Crow, who beat Great Yarmouth's J Elliot and T Westgate 33-4, a victory which included another full house of eight shots.

Dunton and Crow looked to be on the way to another huge win when they bowled out of their skins to take a 19-0 lead after 10 ends against Richard Dodd and Stefan Adcock.

But the match then changed dramatically over the last 11 ends with Dodd and Adcock winning all but one of them to run out 21-20 winners.

Three-times English singles champion John Ottaway, returning to the tournament after a long absence, was partnered by Wymondham Dell clubmate Gary Oakley to two convincing wins.

The under 25 group stages were completed with the last 16 line-up as follows: R Thatcher v Mark Oakley, J Beck v L Cordfield, Mark Flatman v Jake Willgress, M Meade v B Russell, T Seagolo v Wayne Willgress, R Oakley v J Adcock, H Segasby v K Clarke, J Tufts v J Seagolo.

Both competitions reach their climax tomorrow. There is then a break on Saturday before the men's triples and ladies pairs get under way on Sunday. The festival runs until September 18.

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