Juniors battle for trophies

On Sunday at Great Yarmouth’s Britainia bowls greens, the Astro Communictions-sponsored under-15 and under-25 open singles took place, played over games of 10 ends.

The under-15 final was played between Lewis Comerford of the Great Yarmouth club and Adian Riches from the Rookery club in Stowmarket.

The first four ends were even with Lewis leading 4-1, but over the next three ends Adian scored five shots without reply to lead 9-5. The last two ends were shared with Adian taking the title 10-5.

In his semi-final Adian played Edward Lambert (Fleg Private), winning a close game after scoring on the last two ends for 7-6.

In the other semi-final Lewis played Conner Peck (Wenhaston), winning comfortably 14-2, losing only two ends.

The losing quarter-finalists were Adam Comerford (Great Yarmouth), Daniel Mills (Flegg Private), Jack Larter and Thomas Cooper both from Acle. Games before the quarter-finals were played in four groups with the winners and runners-up qualifying to the final stages.

The under-25 final was between Mathew Carter of Cantley Bowls Club and Jake Willgress of Norfolk BC.

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This was a very close encounter with the lead changing hands over the first five ends. With the scores level at 3-3 after eight ends, Jake crept into the lead 6-4, but Mathew scored three shots over the last two ends to win the title 7-6.

In his semi-final Jake played John Tufts from his own club. With Tufts scoring on only two of the 10 ends, Jake won 14-7. In the other semi-final Mathew played Matt Flatman (Wymondham Dell) and won comfortably 13-5.

The losing quarter-finalists were Kirsty Clarke (Thurlton), David Smith (Freethorpe), Jessica Ward (Martham) and Tom Critoph (Sparrows Nest). The quarter stages were reach by the players playing in seven groups of four with the seven group winners and the best runner-up overall qualifying.

The trophies were presented by Steve Smith of Astro Communications, a supporter of junior bowls at Great Yarmouth for a long time.

Tony Dunton