Mark given a royal battle by Taylor

YESTERDAY saw the start of the blue riband event of the Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the Palace Casino sponsored men's singles.With last year's winner Jamie Chestney unable to play this year due to international duties there will be a different winner.

YESTERDAY saw the start of the blue riband event of the Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the Palace Casino sponsored men's singles.

With last year's winner Jamie Chestney unable to play this year due to international duties there will be a different winner.

Mark Royal (Rookery) started his quest to win the title he last won in 2006 with a 21-3 victory against John Hunter (R G Carters) 21-3 and then had a good tussle against B Taylor (CountyArts).

He was behind early on but then found his length to win 21-16 to proceed to day two, when he will next face D Redfern (Worksop). Mark Elliott won his two games 21-13 and 21-10 and now plays I Brewster. Triples winner R Summers won his two games against D Beaton and J Malcolm 21-12 and 21-16 respectively and will now play J Tuttle.

Others pairings are: M Turner v S Ellis, R French v M Brown, G Oakley v Matt Flatman, J Ciplinski v G Roe, R Duff v B NHubbard, B Perrett v J Tufts, A Palmer v C Hipperson, R Eglington v S Bonner, D Shorter v D Brawn, P Cross v P Wilkinson, T Seabourne v M Lain, A Wilkinson v A Platford. The Ladies Triples sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press also started and the winners were C Neave, A Adams and V Smith, G Xuereb, F Moll and J Church, M Baird, E Shorter and G Reeve, L Nunn, J Beatton and S Utteridge,J Watson, D Nicholson and B Smith. Play starts today at 9am.