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Bradwell Bowling ClubBradwell Ladies excelled in the Top Club Competition, beating the 2008 champions Thetford Staniforth. Diane Purnell won the singles.

Bradwell Bowling Club

Bradwell Ladies excelled in the Top Club Competition, beating the 2008 champions Thetford Staniforth.

Diane Purnell won the singles. Ann Seddon and Shirley Lloyd won the pairs, Jean Fagan, Kathy Hewitt and Jill Boggis triumphed in the triples.

In the fours Liz Ward, Joy Williams, Jean Moore and Dahlia Macdonald were narrowly beaten. Overall it was a very convincing points victory.

In the next round of the competition, against Downham Market, the team had to concede defeat.

In the Lovewell Blake Ladies' Malta Cup League against Ormesby, Ann Baker, Joy Williams and Shirley Lloyd, after a tentative first half, took the lead with five shots on the 13th, and cheered by another five on the 16th they won 23-16.

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Jean Fagan, Joan Bayfield and Dahlia Macdonald lost their game by only three shots, having borne seven against them on the 12th end.

In the Norfolk County Federation League the men played at home to Browston Hall and earned seven points to two, 77-40.

Derek Patterson, Ted Connellan and Mick Marshall were on top of their form taking four shots on the second end. Their subsequent relentless scoring included six shots on the 11th and they achieved 36-5.

Tom Williams, Ron Beardall and Eddie Macdonald began with four shots and went 18-0 before their opponents gathered four on the 11th. The Bradwell triple emphasised their authority with five on the 12th, finishing 31-7.

In the same league, Bradwell played away to Woodbastwick losing by one point overall.

Stan Hopwood, Keith Cooke and Ron Beardall played strongly throughout and were heading for a comfortable win but, as good team players, did not let up, gathering five shots on the last end for 26-14.

At home to Fleggburgh B in the Norfolk County EBA League, Keith Cooke, Ted Connellan, Ken Hall and Ron Beardall were seven up before their opponents could blink. They maintained their fine scoring rate to 29-9 including five shots on the last end.

Bryan Vincent, Ollie Scarfe, Mick Marshall and Eddie Macdonald, chasing all the way, drew level with four on the 17th end. Their result was a hard-fought 18-19. The third quartet finished 16-27 having suffered two fours and a five along the way but still winning their last end.

Bradwell was proud of their winning men's team in the Lovewell Blake Malta Cup match at home to Acle A.

Ken Hall, Mick Marshall and Eddie Macdonald lost the first end but allowed no further score against them until the 12th. Collecting six shots on the 17th end they recorded 29-9. Tom Williams, Jim Malcolm and Ron Beardall, from 4-6 on the sixth end, soared to 13-6 by the eighth. They lost their lead briefly on the 14th but brushed off the setback to win 21-16. Other brave, supporting scores in this match were 16-13 and 12-19.

Playing Somerleyton in the Lothingland League, Bradwell had a significant victory.

Liz Ward, Joy Williams and Mick Marshall, six shots ahead by the third end, swept through to 23-18. Diane Purnell, Tom Williams and Eddie Macdonald pursued their opponents closely through the first 12 ends before drawing level at 10 all. Their confidence grew and after adding five shots on the 14th they finished 20-14.

A similar outcome 20-15 was the result of Derek Patterson, Ken Hall and Dahlia Macdonald. Drawing level only on the 17th, they took four shots on the next end to make their win safe. Tom Hall, Peter King and Colin Deverell led from the start but were closely pressed over the last five ends to record 17-15.

Pauline Taylor

Great Yarmouth and District Federation Bowls League

Runham won 75-65 (6-1) at Woodbastwick, which puts the cat amongst the pigeons.

With Martham beginning to open up a gap at the top with another home win against Acle 88-77 (6-1), Northgate were hosts to Gorleston Conservatives and just lost out 70-77 (2-5).

Potter Heigham found it draughty on the cliffs playing Gorleston EBF but still managed an away win 90-69 (6-1). Northgate and the cliff lads are finding things a bit tough at the moment.

A different tale in Division Two where newcomers Winterton notched up another 73-52 (7-0) over visitors Ludham, with their previous (7-0) over Repps giving them a real boost.

Caister A had a cliff-hanger at home against Filby A with a 77-76 (5-2) win. Filby A then improved playing at home against their B side and ran in 102-57 (6-1) win, but then had their flag lowered playing at home against Martham B losing 71-78 for just two points.

The Lacon Cup is awaiting two results.

John Vince

Martham Bowls Club

In the Men's EBA League, Martham played Acle B and lost 55-72 gaining just one point.

The Men's Malta A team went to Gorleston Cliffs and won 5�-1�, one trio lost by eight shots, another block dropped three on the last end to tie with one winning by 12 shots.

The overall score of 94-66 was achieved by the block of Mark Pratt, Ray Badham and Syd Siely, 11-1 down, dropped one shot on the last end to win 36-12.

On Sunday morning Martham played Great Yarmouth in the Jermy Cup, one block was always behind and lost 13-37, the other two blocks won by four shots and three to lose the game by 17 shots 56-73.

Martham A team's results in the Yarmouth League were Potter Heigham 64 (2), Martham A 86 (5); Martham A 88 (6), Acle 77 (1), and in the Lacon Cup Martham A 96, Gorleston Conservatives 54.

Martham B team travelled to Filby on Monday, winning a close game by 78-71. Top block was Gino Gallent, Mark Pratt and Eric Faircloth.

On Thursday at Top Green they were knocked out of the Lacon Cup by Burlingham despite two blocks securing wins.

In the Yarmouth Ladies' League, Martham travelled to Acle and lost.

Martham Bowls Club offers free coaching for beginners on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11am for adults and juniors. Bowls are provided but flat-soled shoes must be worn.

The club is located at the playing field on Rollesby Road and further details can be obtained from the club secretary on 01493 740890.

Rollesby Bowls Club

Another up-and-down week started with a visit to Blofield Heath in the Broadland League. Some nights, things just go right and this was one of them.

Wins on three rinks, T Bolton, D Gammon, A Palmer 26-17, J Palmer, T Wilkin, T Avery 26-15 and M Coots, R Clark, T Coots 26-12 together with a drawn rink S Allen, R Blunden, J Avery 18-18 gave the visitors a 96-52 win with points 6.5 points.

In the second round of the Lacon Cup Rollesby played Caister A on the slick Burlingham green and expected the worst.

Rollesby adapted very quickly to the larger green and fast conditions and led 45-34 at 10 ends, 70-45 at 15 ends but were down 73-76 overall at 20 ends. Scoring 9-2 on the last end gave them perhaps their best win of the season so far 82-79.

Back to reality in the Yarmouth League at home to Gorleston Conservatives, it was also back to the recurring inconsistency that resulted in a 1-6 points defeat with only the block of J Avery, M Thomas, T Coots 25-17 holding their end up.

Travelling again to Burlingham, this time in the Yarmouth League, Rollesby were hopeful of repeating their earlier victory at that venue, however against the home team it was always going to be a tall order.

The visitors were still in it at the halfway stage, trailing 28-31 but slipped to a 13 shot deficit at 15 ends, finally losing 69-82 but picked up two very valuable points in their battle to remain in division one. Winning blocks J Avery, D Gammon, A Palmer 25-15 and J Palmer, T Wright, T Avery 22-19.

Rollesby finished the week on a high note at home against Caister Centurions in the three wood league.

Fine wins by J Seeranj, A Christie, T Wilkin 27-6 and J Austin, R Clark, P Taylor 16-15 helped the home side to a 57-46 (7-2).

Rollesby Bowls Club are holding a three wood pairs open tournament at 2pm on Sunday for the Jubilee Cup, sponsored by Potters Holiday and Leisure.

Entrance fee is �2 per person with cash prizes. Refreshments are available. All bowlers are welcome, booking in is recommended or just turn up on the day.

Contact T Avery 01493 748167 for more details.

Browston Hall Bowls Club

IN the County League the B team played away against Yarmouth B and won 62-59 gaining four points.

Going into the final end Browston were one shot ahead overall, M Parker, P Ridler, P Smith and S Parker lost two shots 20-20, M Harvey, B Myhill, W Good and J Prest took one shot to draw 18-18 and D Farman, P Chaplin, G Brister and N Miller 21-21 at the 17th took a three to win 24-21.

The A team playing at home against Great Plumstead A, although winning on two rinks, managed only two points. J Malcolm 21-13 and D Pratt 19-17 overall they lost 52-63.

In the Malta Cup the A team won 74-70 and took six points in their home game against Caister.

D Noble, R Turner and L Peake 3-12 down at the eighth, but the front end found their form and took the next seven ends scoring 19 shots, and although losing the last three ends won 22-15.

G Downing, G Obsen, and V Bloom picked up a seven on the third end, and then lost a seven on the sixth, but still won 24-18, P Morris 18-16, and D Pratt 10-21.

The B team lost 60-82 and the block of N Miller, W Good and C Edwards scored the only point.

The EDF team playing at home against Caister A lost 37-57 and managed only one point from the rink skipped by J Malcolm who drew 14-14.

In the Bales Cup the men lost by just four shots to County Arts, top rink P Hurren, J Malcolm, G Obsen and A Harrison 25-16.

Bradwell Bowling Club

On Saturday, the Saturday drive finished in a dead heat. Geoff Tingay and Alan Collins both recorded 27-17. Peggy Hills was next highest scorer.

The Monday drive was also a tie, between three bowlers. Roger Driver, Ray Norton and Bryan Vincent each scored 29-13.

The winner of tomorrow's drive on June 13 will be presented with the Terry Shipton Memorial Shield, won last year by Reg Sartain.

For further information about the club call 01493 663533 or 01493 655542.

Hickling Bowls Club

Hickling reached the semi-finals of the Broadland KO Cup by beating Woodbastwick by six shots and will either play Salhouse Bell or Rollesby in the next round.

In the Three Wood League the A team lost to Ormesby 7-2 but the B team beat North Walsham 7-2.

In the Broadland League, Woodbastwick beat Hickling 5� points to 1� and Halvergate beat them 6-1.