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Liz and Mel set for final shoot out?

PUBLISHED: 12:25 31 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 September 2010

LIZ Shorter and Melanie Haylett could be on course for a repeat of last year's ladies' singles final at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival after reaching the last four yesterday.

LIZ Shorter and Melanie Haylett could be on course for a repeat of last year's ladies' singles final at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival after reaching the last four yesterday.

The rivals have been kept apart in today's semi-finals of the Great Yarmouth Tourist Board-sponsored event, though they have tough hurdles ahead if they are to return to the final with holder Shorter facing Ann Chambers, while Haylett must play a double former champion in Chris Wadlow.

Haylett (Caister) despatched another former winner in Mill Farm's Pam Rolph yesterday, winning 21-17, while Chambers (St Lawrence) was the most emphatic quarter-final winner, beating Bletchley's D Brookes 21-9.

The other two quarters both finished 21-17 with North Walsham's Shorter overcoming Egham's Helen Tuohy, while Wadlow (St Lawrence) beat Stalham's S Crysell.

While Helen Tuohy's singles challenge was ending, her husband was continuing his bid to hold on to the fours crown.

Steve Tuohy is again skipping the Acle trio of David and Tony Seabourne and Lee Dickson - and they again look to be the team to beat in the Mike & Jane of the Beach Terrace Café-sponsored fours.

Yesterday they beat the rink of R Hubbard (County Arts) 27-13 and P Hurren's Blundeston four 19-10. In today's quarter-finals they will be up against R Telling, J Telling, G Telling and A Lyons of Essex County, who beat Yarmouth's J Gray 25-14 and Wymondham Dell's M Flatman 23-14.

The other semi-final will see R Dodd, N Coverdale, D Page and M Riches (Cawston) play B Hubbard, A Goodson, J Hunter and K Breame (R G Carter).

M Riches produced the best comeback so far when they beat M Turner's County Arts four 20-17 after being 11-0 down.

And as if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, they went into the last end of their quarter-final against another Cawston rink skipped by C Lawrance a shot down - and scored a two to win 21-20.

The R G Carter's four also scored two on the final end to beat N Lambert 22-20 before a relatively comfortable win 24-15 over P Lincoln (Loddon).

The other losing rink was that of W Willgress, E Clapman, K Rayner and A Chambers.

The semi-finals of both competitions will take place at 9am today with the finals due to begin around noon.

The action then moves on to the men's pairs, which will be concluded alongside the under-25 singles until Friday.

The Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival continues until September 24.

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