Top day for bowls ace Tim

ACLE bowler Tim Stone will never experience another day quite like Wednesday. Having been present at the birth of his first child he rushed off to Hopton-on-Sea to play in the first round of the world indoor singles championship.

ACLE bowler Tim Stone will never experience another day quite like Wednesday.

Having been present at the birth of his first child he rushed off to Hopton-on-Sea to play in the first round of the world indoor singles championship.

The story had two happy endings - because not only did wife Becky present Tim with a son, Harry, but the Acle star, surely on automatic pilot, proceeded to defeat Spalding's Graham Smith, 4-8, 11-8, 2-1.

“Originally, we thought that the baby was due at the end of the month - to coincide roughly with the date of the singles final,” Stone, a 31-year-old academic book buyer, said before taking to the rink.

“Harry surprised us by arriving three weeks early, but mother and baby are doing well,” Stone added. “Win or lose, I'm just so pleased I was able to make it to Potters, without letting people down.”

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