Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival round-up

Lucy Tufts and Sheila Crysell in action at Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Lucy Tufts and Sheila Crysell in action at Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass


In the Mixed Triples competition at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival, Julie Warmsley, Matt Flatman and Wayne Willgress earned themselves a final stages game against Margaret and Tony Dunton and Geraldine Reeve. The Willgress triple played the Lowestoft block skipped by Ian Platford and won 11-6. They also played the triples of M Upton and A Collins, winning 16-3 and 24-8 respectively.

In their three games the Dunton triple drew with Lucy and John Tufts and Alan Willer 9-9 and beat the teams of J Tucker, R Pooley and D Green and J and A Chambers and C Betts 14-9 and 12-4 respectively.

M Topping and T and J White earned a quarter-final against C and A Forder and L Bennettt after they won two games to go through on shot difference.

The Topping triple won two games and drew the last one.

M and B Elvin and T Smith from Wymondham Dell, the Freethorpe triple skipped by W Willimott, the K Taylor triple and Beccles triple B and J Asker and A Nixon all made it through.


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Wayne Willgress was part of the winning team at the Mixed Triples competition for a record-breaking fifth time.

Willgress, Julie Warmsley and Matt Flatman played Terry Smith, Marlene Elvin and Bryan Elvin from Wymondham Dell in the final.

It was 3-3 after the third end and Willgress’ triple then led 7-3 at six ends, only for the Elvin triple to be level after at eight ends. At 10 ends Willgress led 10-8 and he then scored a three and a two to lead 14-8. It was an advantage the team kept to win the title 14-12.

In the semi-finals of the 3 Norfolk Square Guest House sponsored event, the Willgress trio played Jim Malcolm, June and Terry White. The Whites put early pressure on to lead 8-2 after five ends and laid shot the next end, only for Willgress to ditch the jack with a running wood to gain six shots. This seemed to unsettle the White triple as they then dropped 12 shots without reply to lose 20-10.


It was the turn of the Over-60 Open singles players to take centre stage.

In the early stages of the Palace Bingo and Casino-sponsored event, Bob Allen, from St Laurence Bowls Club, won his three matches 15-9, 15-14 and 15-7.

In a group where three players won two group matches, Ann Chambers – also from the St Laurence Club – qualified on shot difference.

L Tattersall had three close games but won them all – 15-13, 15-12 and 15-14.

John Gray from Great Yarmouth won his three games 15-10,15-4 and 15-11 while, Don Brealey from Oulton Broad went through on shot difference, winning his first two games 15-1 and 15-10 but losing his last game 14-15.

Alan Willer of the Ashill bowls Club won three games 15-4, 15-10 and his final game 15-0 when his opponent failed to score a single shot.

In another group where three players won two games, K Taylor from the Freethorpe Bowls Club lost his first game 15-10 only to win the last two 15-10 and 15-6.


In the final Palace Bingo and Casino Over-60s Open Singles, Peter Allard from RG Carters set up a game against Alan Willer from Ashill after they both won their three group games. Don Brearley from Oulton Broad won his three matches while B Brooks won two and went through on shot difference. Andy Sayer from King’s Lynn earned a game against David Wilson from Nottingham after they both won their three group games, while it will be R Anderson-Dungar, who won three, against Bob Allan of St Laurence Bowls Club, who went through on shot difference.


Wootton Park Bowls Club’s Andy Sayer, pictured below, won the Palace Bingo and Casino Over-60s singles against RG Carter Bowls Club’s Peter Allard. Sayer led 3-0 after three ends although Allard levelled the score at five ends and after nine ends he led 6-5 only for Sayer to score 10 shots without reply. Allard scored only another single shot to Sayer’s six and the King’s Lynn bowler won the 2015 Over-60s title 21-7. In the semi-finals Allard played Bryan Brooks and in a game that lasted 26 ends Allard won 21-17. In Sayer’s semi-final he overcame Richard Anderson-Dungar, winning 21-7.


The Pub on the Prom-sponsored open pairs competition got under way.

Last year’s winners Tony Dunton and Charlie Boon from Norfolk Bowls Club in Norwich qualified after drawing one and winning two of their matches.

They beat the County Arts pair of R Alden/M Russen 18-1 and then drew 9-9 with the St Lawrence duo of J Chambers/D Willgress.

In their last game they played Freethorpes’ Robin White and Phil Parsons winning 19-6.

Tournament stalwart Chris Ward, playing with David Brawn, enjoyed three victories by scorelines of 10-4, 11-7 and 7-6.

Brian (mixed pairs runner-up) and Margaret Elvin from Wymondham Dell won their three games 11-9, 11-5 and 10-6.

Paul Groom and Jim Malcolm won their three games 12-9, 13-9 and 21-3.

Over-60s singles winner Andy Sayer, partnered by Richard Bunton from King’s Lynn, won their group to qualify.

Wootton Park Bowls Club’s Sayer went into the pairs event in high spirits having lifted his individual title less than 24 hours earlier.

The Lynn-based competitor saw off RG Carter Bowls Club’s Peter Allard 21-7 in the final. In Sayer’s semi he overcame Richard Anderson-Dungar, winning by the same scoreline.

Selected qualifiers: T Miller/L Tattersall, G Gibson/L Jenkins, K Fulcher/P Wymark, A Buck/D Brearly, I Morris/P Duke, G Scott/T Want, R Fox/P Deeley, C Beare/C Wright.