Potter Heigham bowlers claim titles at Norfolk Ladies’ finals day

Andrea Morton of Potter Heigham Bowls Club is all smiles after winning two county titles. Picture: C

Andrea Morton of Potter Heigham Bowls Club is all smiles after winning two county titles. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

The NCWBA county finals were held at Horsford BC on Saturday, with two ladies from Potter Heigham in three finals.

In the morning Sarah Smith played Kacey Cook from Gorleston Links in the under 25s and bowling very well she held her game together after a strong comeback to win 21-18 and become county champion.

Andrea Morton was in two finals in the afternoon. Her first game, in the final of Secretary’s Singles, was against Linda Blake from Swanton Abbott. After a close start Andrea found her game well and ran out a convincing winner 21-11.

Her second game the prestigious two wood singles was a totally different affair. Playing against Lillian Barber from Great Plumstead Andrea was always behind, trailing 1-5, 10-15 and 14-19, with Lillian always bowling a great wood when needed.

After an exchange of singles the score stood at 15-20 and Lillian needed one shot for victory, but Andrea was not beaten yet and three ends later after some superb bowling the game was tied 20-20. This was the last end of the game and Andrea again bowled brilliantly, putting her two bowls right by the jack to win 22-20 and seal a second county title.

Both ladies will now represent Norfolk at the national finals held in Skegness in August.

There was no such joy for the men from Potter Heigham, Mike High and Robin Monsey being narrowly beaten 15-11 in the county final of the senior pairs.

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Meanwhile a top accolade for Gorleston Links Bowls Club was achieved when Anne Tickner won the Champion of Champions Trophy.

To qualify for this competition Anne won her own club singles competition to become eligible to enter. This annual singles competition is on a ‘knock out’ bases.

The match rules are first to 21 points wins, played over as many ends as needed.

Having played two previous rounds in the preceding weeks, Anne played her semi-final game in the Champion of Champions match at 10am against a former winner of the competition Marlene Hooper of County Arts Bowls Club. Anne won this match 21 to 20 points.

Anne then went on to play the final in the afternoon against Jenny Eldred of Holt Bowls Club and won 21-16 points, to take the title of Norfolk County EBA Champion of Champions.