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PUBLISHED: 12:25 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 03 July 2010

At Rollesby BC, Ron Blunden accepts the Johnston Cup from club president and runner-up Sheila Allen.

At Rollesby BC, Ron Blunden accepts the Johnston Cup from club president and runner-up Sheila Allen.

WITH all County League games completed, all teams in Great Yarmouth Bowls Club were involved in the Lovewell Blake League.

The A team were at home to Cantley and won 82-61 6-1pts.

WITH all County League games completed, all teams in Great Yarmouth Bowls Club were involved in the Lovewell Blake League.

The A team were at home to Cantley and won 82-61 6-1pts. J Sexton, R Pooley and J Ellis 31-9; K Dunn, M Cook and P Barber 25-13; J Hewitt, T McNulty and D Bowers

23-14; and M Colcombe, D Mann and D Seabourne 13-24.

At Bradwell they lost 56-81 1-6 pts. C Warnes, D Bowers and R Pooley 18-13; T McNulty, J Sexton and B Warnes 15-20; D Leeder, D Webster and K Dunn 9-21 and D Seabourne, J Hewitt and M Cook 14-27.

The B team went to Ormesby and won 70-62 5-2pts. P Comerford, F Elliott and R Albone 29-9; L Gutteridge, E Burley and G Logan 19-12; L Comerford, M Dixon and J Glendenning 10-24 and N Green, J Wiseman and W Moss 12-17.

They played Martham B at home and lost a close game 74-78 1½-5½ pts. N Green, M Dixon and J Glendenning 17-11; L Comerford, F Elliott and R Albone dropped a six on the last end and drew 18-18; J Wiseman, E Bulley and W Moss 14-19 and L Gutteridge, P Comerford and G Logan 25-30.

The C team went to Freethorpe B and lost 45-90 0-7pts. M Yarrow, J Palmer and B Baker 13-18; A Huggins, H Plane and S Wheeler 9-22; T Westgate, J Elliott and D Kingston 11-20 and D Hatchett, A Smith and C Warnes 12-31.

At Acle B they lost 49-69 2-5pts. T Westgate, A Huggins and J Elliott 21-14; M Yarrow, J Palmer and P Ladmore 13-12; D Hatchett, S Wheeler and A Smith 8-21 and K Burrage, H Plane and B Baker 7-22.

The Ladies completed their programme winning 45-40 5-1pts against Caister. S Allen, C Johnson and J Howlett 18-14; L Westgate, P Ellis and C King 16-14; and B Phillips, J Warnes and B Payne

11-12.

On Saturday, the club captain Ken Dunn hosted 21 members for Captain's Day when the overall winner was Roy Pooley, 2 B Warnes and 3 M Yarrow.

On Sunday, the club played Caister in a friendly and won 98-69. Top rink was D Leeder, M Oram and D Seabourne 21-10. J Elliott, J Burrage and D Hatchett 17-11; L Comerford, P Comerford and B Payne 17-8; F Balls, B Hay and C King 20-13; T Wheeler, S Wheeler and J Wheeler 14-12 and C Johnson, F Shaw and G Curtis 9-15.

Club competitions: In the semi-final of the men's pairs, the holders J Hewitt and M Colcombe beat J Wiseman and W Moss 21-10; In the men's singles, R Pooley beat P Barber 21-9.

In the ladies' singles final Barbara Wright raced into a lead of 15-6 but a great fightback saw Jean Howlett lift the title, winning 21-20. In the ladies' pairs final L Westgate and C King were always in control, beating C Johnson and S Allen 21-11.

Derek Webster

Great Yarmouth amd District Ladies' Bowls League finals day was staged at Freethorpe Bowls Club on Saturday.

The singles match for the Ella Trett Challenge Cup was between Ann Davis from the host club Freethorpe, and Lilian Barber from Great Plumstead. Lilian won 22-7.

The Triples competition saw Jean Carter, Beryl Payne and Jean Rose from Filby taking on the Caister trio of Thelma Lewis, Mary Clark and Pauline Hipgrave. The Caister ladies won 24-10.

Lilian Barber and Jennifer Hudson from Great Plumstead took on the Martham duo of mother and daughter Debra Nicholson and Bing Smith in the Pairs. The Great Plumstead pairing soon found the run of the green and won 21-10.

The presentation of trophies was by the league vice-chairman, Dawn Horne. A raffle raised £140 for the Palliative Care East appeal at the James Paget Hospital.

Great Yarmouth & District Federation Bowls by John Vince: At Martham BC there was a good match in the Donny Pearce Cup final. Martham A and Halvergate Top Green played some great woods.

Martham got off to a flyer and at five ends had built up a 35-15 lead and at 10 ends the score was 53-34. Martham increased their lead to

72-48 at 15 ends and finished strongly to run out 104-61 winners. The president, R Meeks, presented the cup. Thanks went to the Martham ladies for their help.

In Division One four clubs are jostling for the top berths. Burlingham just hold pole position, with Martham A, Woodbastwick and Acle breathing down their neck, with about 10 points covering the top four.

This week Acle picked up an 84-64 (6-1) win at Gorleston Cliffs, but then could only manage a 75-90 (2-5) result at Burlingham. Burlingham won

74-67 (6-1) at Halvergate Top Green, but could only manage (1½-5½) at Fleggburgh Private, who in turn only got half a point at Martham A, and lost at home to Rollesby 70-82 (2-5) - a welcome five points for Rollesby. Halvergate Top Green had a full house 87-53 (7-0) playing at home against Runham, but playing Martham A at home, the result was reversed and they lost 42-17 (0-7). Woodbastwick secured a home win against Northgate 88-66 (6-1) to keep them in touch.

Just a few results from Division Two - all from contenders for the title. Caister A, playing Repps at home, won 109-53 (7-0). Filby A had two good home wins, with 103-49 (7-0) against Caister B and then 80-67 (6-1) against Ludham. The leaders Ormesby also had two good home wins, with 111-49 (7-0) against Caister B and then 86-65 (6-1) against Winterton.

Lovewell Blake Malta Cup League by Brian Grint: Acle A, Freethorpe A, Browston A and Caister, despite results this week, have all qualified for the play-offs on August 16 at Great Yarmouth.

Freethorpe A had two big wins - six points away at Martham then seven points at home to Fleggburgh Private.

Great Yarmouth A were in the race until they lost away at Bradwell. Browston A bounced back with all seven points at home to Acle B while Caister made sure of a play off place with a 6-1 win against Martham B and a 5-2 away win at Browston.

All clubs are reminded to help with raffle prizes and to remember all games are in whites this year.

MARTHAM BOWLS CLUB goes from strength to strength as it continues to produce great results, the highlight their 90-60 shots win over Lakeside in the semi-finals of the County Cup last week. A narrow, but determined victory by skip Gary Hewitt ensured an all-rinks win, with top honours going to Les Smith's rink at 28-13. The final will be played against Cawston A at Mundesley Haig on August 20.

Following a resounding win against Halvergate Top Green in the final of the Donny Pearce Cup on Saturday, captain David Nichols had a good week, and with Martham A still very much in the running for top spot in Division One, his team has everything to play for. It has also been a good year for Gary Hewitt in his second season at Martham, and his first with Norfolk's Newton team, which will be competing for the national trophy at Skegness later this month.

Captain Jane Watson and the ladies' team clinched the runners-up spot in the Yarmouth League with a 5-1 win against Blofield Heath. And Bing Smith and Debra Nicholson were runners-up in the Yarmouth Ladies' Pairs, losing on Saturday to an in-form Lillian Barber and Jennifer Hudson.

The Malta A team is still vying for position among the top three in Division One and the Malta B team, currently lying in fourth place in Division Two, has put up a very creditable performance in its first season.

Martham's future looks good, as the junior club gains in numbers and ability, thanks to the dedication of the club coaches, headed by Jane Rush and Sue Moore. Three of their number, Dan Mills, Rosie Rush and Jessica Ward, have gained valuable experience bowling with Norfolk Under-25s and are the proof that bowls is a sport for all ages.

In the men's Malta Cup League playing Freethorpe at home Martham A lost 57-74 for a 1-6 defeat. They also lost to Acle 58-71 for another 1-6 points tally. Getting just two points from these two games blew their chance of being runners-up in this league.

Results: Yarmouth League Martham A 99 (6.5), Fleggburgh Private 60 (0.5); Don Pearce Cup Martham A 104, Halvergate Top Green 61; County Cup Semi-Final Martham A 90, Lakeside 60.

On Friday the Martham Ladies played their last match in the Yarmouth League against Blofield at home winning on two rinks giving Martham five points with 63-50. These were enough to ensure Martham Ladies will be runners-up in the league.

ROLLESBY'S week began just down the road at Fleggburgh Private with a rare but much-needed away win in the Yarmouth League.

Although going down on two rinks, wins by M Coots, T Wilkin, M Thomas 23-15 and J Avery, A Christie, T Avery 24-9, saw the visitors to an overall score of 82-70 and a 5-2 points win.

Away to Stalham in the Broadland League, the visitors left it very late to steal the game. Trailing by 11 shots at 15 ends, Rollesby pulled it back to trail by one shot with one end to play and won 74-73 5-2. Winning blocks J Palmer, E Taylor, A Palmer 19-15 and J Avery, J Seeranj, T Avery 27-13.

Again in the Broadland, Rollesby travelled to Woodbastwick and despite winning on two rinks, lost overall 63-77, points 2-5. J Mason, M Thomas, B Catchpole 19-14 and F Walker, E Taylor, T Avery 24-15.

Entertaining Gorleston EBF in the Yarmouth League, winning on two rinks and a draw on another were not enough to secure the bulk of the points. Overall score 68-72, points 2.5-4.5. F Walker, J Austin, B Catchpole 17-14, E Taylor, T Wright, G Curtis 20-14.

Rollesby finished their week at Top Green and came away with nothing apart from a lesson on how to bowl on that green. Apart from a narrow defeat 15-17 the remaining scores amounted to a heavy 54-96 defeat, points 0-9.

Bradwell BC by Pauline Taylor: For the first time a Bradwell team played at Mundesley in the super six finals. After winning 4-2 over the eventual winners, Costessey, Bradwell played Woodbastwick in the play-off for third or fourth place. John Sargent lost his singles match but Ken Saward and Eddie Macdonald won the pairs while Dahlia Macdonald, Tom Williams and Terry Payne won the triples. These results gave Bradwell third place and £30 prize money.

In the Lovewell Blake Malta Cup Bradwell did well at home against Great Yarmouth A, winning on three rinks. Keith Cooke, Malcolm French and Terry Payne 27-14. Ken Saward, Ollie Scarfe and Eddie Macdonald 21-9. Stan Hopwood, Ted Connellan and Mick Marshall 20-15. Tom Williams, Ken Hall and John Sargent

13-18.

Bradwell have to give up hope of reaching the Malta Cup finals having lost overall away to Gorleston. They won two games, each with an exciting finish. Tom Williams, Ted Connellan and Mick Marshall turned 18-21 on the 17th into

23-21 on the last. Keith Cooke, Malcolm French and Terry Payne stood 18-7 on the 17th but admitted eight shots against them for 18-15.

Bradwell ladies' team won their Malta Cup match against Ormesby. Joan Bayfield, Joy Williams and Dahlia Macdonald 20-12. Elizabeth Ward, Jean Moore and Shirley Lloyd 19-9. Jean Fagan, Anne Baker and Diane Purnell 16-19. Against Martham the Bradwell triples each scored 15. Two lost by two and three shots respectively but Joan Bayfield, Joy Williams and Dahlia Macdonald persisted to win, 15-12.

Away to Stalham in the Norfolk County Federation League, Bradwell had one winning rink. Tom Williams, Ken Hall and Terry Payne scored 15-12.

There was a similar outcome to the Sunshine League match at home to Lowestoft Railway when Stan Hopwood, Keith Briggs and Wally Bean achieved 24-10, allowing no score against them on the last eight ends. Other rinks contributed good team support.

In the Lothingland League at home to Blundeston, Terry Gallant, Alan Collins and Joan Bayfield led from the start 25-15. Jean Fagan, Sheila Bean and Wally Bean 20-12. Tom Hall, Dahlia Macdonald and Colin Deverill 20-14. Bryan Vincent, Paul Vincent and Charles Hutcheson 15-18.

Away against Gorleston Conservatives A in the same League, Bradwell lost overall despite a determined effort. Elizabeth Ward, George Coxsey and John Ward, 18-20 on the 20th wrested a last-chance three for 21-20. Joy Williams, Ken Hall and Thelma Bradnum 18-15.

Browston A are battling with Caister for top spot in Division Two of the Malta Cup League, but they only managed two points in their away game against Freethorpe B, losing 60-64. K Leach, A Harrison and J. Ellis 15-10 and D Pratt, R Turner and H Noble 18-12.

In their home game against Acle B, all rinks contributed to their 76-50 win, taking all seven points and keeping them narrowly ahead of Caister. G Downing 24-11, K Leach 18-14, D Noble 18-13 and D Pratt 16-12.

The B team, also playing in Division Two, helped the A team by taking two points, although losing 55-83 to Caister, with M Parker 19-16 and P Chaplin 16-10 the winning rinks.

President's Day was held on a very warm Sunday, with the ladies playing the men, three rinks outside, and three inside on the new blue carpet. After a meal in the carvery, president Ron Barrett thanked everyone for an enjoyable afternoon and it was left to the ladies' president Pat Drinkall, on behalf of the ladies, to present the President's Cup to Ron for their fine win.

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