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Acle Indoor Bowls by Brian GrintPLAYING North Walsham in the last 16 of the Vivienne Trophy, Acle won 79-76.There was a nail-biting finish especially for non-playing captain Margaret Rowsell, but a great performance by all players put them into the national quarter-finals on Monday against Huntingdon.

Acle Indoor Bowls by Brian Grint

PLAYING North Walsham in the last 16 of the Vivienne Trophy, Acle won 79-76.

There was a nail-biting finish especially for non-playing captain Margaret Rowsell, but a great performance by all players put them into the national quarter-finals on Monday against Huntingdon.

With Acle facing a difficult game, at home Gladys Gibbs, Brenda Cole, Lillian Barber and Margaret Shields raced out of the blocks and by eight ends went 13-0 up, but they dropped a five on the following end.

A four on the 10th shook off that voodoo but by the 13th end it was 18-11 and all to play for. Good, accurate bowling by the Acle girls soon paid off and they went on to win 27-16.

Ada Sumpter, Rose Yaxley, Shirley Genery and Pat Pegram went 6-2 up at five ends but then some good trailing bowls by the opposition changed the game and by 10 ends Acle were

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6-10 down. They came back to 12-15 after 15 ends, but some running bowls from the opposition were coming off and it was important to keep the scoreline to a minimum. This they did, eventually losing 13-22.

Away, Pam Symes, Janis Wilson, Dawn Horne and Anne Drury found the going tough and were 6-11 down at 10 ends. But they fought back and by 18 ends it was 14-15. With the overall game score close, second bowls were important and it finished 16-20.

Edna Land, Debra Nicholson, Pat Dickinson and Bing Smith were also finding the run of the green against them and by 10 ends were 4-11 down. But Bing's rink has a reputation of bouncing back and by 18 ends were 16-17. Totally in charge, they went on to score seven shots on the last two ends to win 23-18.

Acle Ladies' A at home to Pinewood were expecting a win to keep them on top of the table.

Molly Auld, Ros Myhill and Marion Himpleman started with a five on the first end and by five ends were 11-0 up. All three players were finding the Jack and with Marion in top form they were 17-2 up at 10 ends and finished 20-6.

Shirley Lettice, Maureen Wright and Sue Batchelor were also playing well and went 7-2 up at five ends, and 10-6 at 10 ends. Sue's bowls drawing to the ditch edge with the jack in the ditch told the story of this game as the three girls dominated and won 18-6.

Pat Dickinson, Jenny Kirby and Captain Barbara Meeks were another block in good form, going 4-2 up at five ends, but they looked stunned when they dropped a four on the 10th to go 8-7. At 9-8 up playing the final end it came as no surprise when Barbara scored five shots to win 14-8.

Geraldine Reeve's block were having a good contest, five each at eight ends, then dropped a five on the ninth and with the opposing skip playing well they finished 7-14. Result: 59-34 and 7-1 points.

Tim Stone from Acle Indoor Bowls Club, playing in the Welsh Open Championship against

12th seed, Australian Kelvin Kerkow, won 7-6, 12-4.

On Wednesday he beat second seed Mark Royal 8-3, 12-6 and yeasterday was due to play in the quarter-finals against either Nicky Brett of Ely or Brett Wilkie of Australia.

Great Yarmouth Ladies

Red Team: In their away game against Shotford they had a close a game and came away with a loss of only five shots 57-62, and two league points from eight.

B Wright, S Allen and J Warnes were down

5-15 on the seventh end, and came back with 10 shots on the following three ends making it 15-15. But the wheels fell off and on the last three ends they gained only three more shots to Shotford's 10, and lost 17-25.

R Beckett, N Pyzer and D Edwards started very slowly and halfway through were 2-12 down. But scoring 12 more shots to five against over the rest of the game they raised their score to 14-17.

B Payne, B Phillips and G Swanston were 5-5 on seven ends, managed to score another five shots to Shotford's four and won the game 10-9.

C King, L Westgate and P Ellis started well with a six on the first end, and by six ends were 12-1 up. Over the following six ends they scored four shots to 10 from their opponents and luckily still won the game 16-11.

Browston Hall

Browston B men's team, playing at home against Yarmouth B took the maximum seven points and retained top spot in Division Five.

B Brown, P Chaplin, R Carroll and D Chumbley were 12-0 up at the fourth then allowed their opponents to score on only six ends, winning 31-9.

N Miller, M Marshall, M Harvey and J Allen, with a six on the fourth end, went in front 8-2 and maintained their lead to win 23-10.

The block of R Barrett, K Saward, B Drinkall and M Munro got off to a good start and never looked in trouble, winning 27-16.

P Tyrell R Turner, C Posner and D Hancock were five all at the sixth, and went on to win

21-12.

Men's A: The block of V Moore, J Lake, P Aldis and M French won 20-15 to take the only point for the men's A team in their away game against Wymondham A, where they lost 64-86.

Both ladies' games were postponed.