Bowls festival was great success

A successful Yarmouth Bowls Festival drew to a close with the RG Carter pairing of Keith Hutson and David Foster winning the over-60s open pairs title.

A successful Yarmouth Bowls Festival drew to a close last Friday with the RG Carter pairing of Keith Hutson and David Foster winning the over-60s open pairs title.

They completed a popular success by beating Ian Platford and John Cooper from Lowestoft

15-11 in the final of the event, sponsored by the Pub of the Prom.

In the quarter-finals Platford and Cooper beat P Chilvers and B Hubbard 11-9. T Jermy and N Gant failed to reach the next round with an 18-8 loss to Gordon Fellingham and 81-year-old Stan Smith. Trevor Gowan and Graham Eaglestone, of Sparrows Nest, moved into the semi-finals after winning 12-10 against D Sparks and R Beever.

Hutson and Foster overwhelmed T Miller and J Carr, winning 22-5.

The first semi-final brought together Gowan and Eaglestone and Hutson and Foster. This match was evenly contested and at six ends the scores were level at 5-5. Hutson and Foster then found something extra to pick up a six and a three on two consecutive ends to win comfortably 16-7.

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The second semi-final drew Cooper and Platford against Smith and Fellingham in an

all-Lowestoft semi-final.

At six ends Fellingham and Smith led 8-2. Platford and Cooper then got their act together and found themselves only one shot behind at 10 ends, 9-10. This game rested on the last end, with the head changing several times before Platford and Cooper won 11-10.

In the final it was the pairing from R G Carter who took the early initiative, leading 5-0 after only two ends. After four ends the same pair had still not allowed their opponents to score and led 9-0. At eight ends the Lowestoft pair had come back into the game to be only four behind at


With two ends to be played, the Lowestoft pair found themselves in an almost impossible position at 6-15, and although they kept battling to the end it was to no avail.

The festival drew to a conclusion with the mayor of Great Yarmouth, Terry Easter, presenting a cheque for £3,175 to the JPUH Kidney Department for money raised during the festival. A special presentation of the Nelson Trophy was made by the mayor to Eric Crouch for his loyalty and dedication to the festival of bowls for over 25 years.

Men's singles: R Allen (St Lawrence) beat M Royal 21-19. Men's pairs: T Jermy and M Turner (County Arts) beat S Elliott and D Rowsell (Acle) 19-8. Men's triples: B Hunt, M Brown and B Taylor (County Arts) beat R Summers, J Hunter and B Perrett (Honingham) 21-10. Men's fours: R Dodd, N Coverdale, D Page and M Riches (Cawston) beat B Nurse, K Frohawk, P Shackcloth and J Roope (Mixed) 27-20. Ladies' singles: C Wadlow (St Lawrence) beat M Himpleman (Acle) 21-13. Ladies' pairs: M Haylett and G Reeve (Mixed) beat S Allen and E Adams (Mixed) 28-20. Ladies' triples: J Arnott, A Chambers and C Wadlow (St Lawrence) beat M Baird, L Shorter and G Reeve (Mixed) 19-13.

Under-25 open singles: J Willgress (NBC) beat M Flatman (Wymondham Dell)

21-11. Mixed pairs: G Reeve and T Dunton (Acle) beat M Woods and I Platford (Lowestoft) 14-6. Mixed triples: E Cole, D Cole, P Webb (Great Plumstead) beat E Thacker, E Crouch and R Thacker (Mixed) 19-3. Over-60s open singles: T Jermy (County Arts) beat R Eglington (Reepham Private) 18-9. Over-60s open pairs: K Hutson and D Foster (RG Carter) beat I Cooper and I Platford (Lowestoft) 15-11.