indoor bowls finals at Stowmarket

THE Suffolk County Bowls Association (Federation) indoor competitions have now reached the semi-final stages and these will take place at the Mid Suffolk Indoor Bowls Club, Stowmarket on Saturday.

THE Suffolk County Bowls Association (Federation) indoor competitions have now reached the semi-final stages and these will take place at the Mid Suffolk Indoor Bowls Club, Stowmarket on Saturday.

The following day the same venue will stage the finals and presentation of trophies.

All winners will go forward to represent Suffolk at the national finals at Newark in April.

Throughout the competitions there has been some excellent bowling, with Alan Brunton and Kelvin Farman, last year's and Suffolk's first national indoor champions having again made it to the semi-final stage in the pairs competition.

Brunton managed to qualify for all five semi-finals but lost in the four bowl singles to Peter Baggott 21-11, this being an added competition this year when the donor, Gordon Turnbull, will officially present the trophy to the association's president Ray Dearing at the finals on Sunday.

Throughout this competition held at weekends, many umpires and markers have given many hours of their time of which the association is truly grateful. They are Mary Davis, Shirley Plummer, Barbara Rushbrook, Ron Whymark, Harold Turner, Colin Rushbrook, Mike Nunn, Bernard Firman, John Ansdell and Peter Plummer.

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At the conclusion of the semi-finals on Saturday all finalists will be advised of times for the finals on Sunday by the county secretary Paul Staff.

Semi-final programme for Saturday

2 Bowls Pairs (sponsored by Geoff Barker): 2pm K Farman & A Brunton v D Bishop & R Lillistone. 2pm C Ramsey & B Thorpe v G Barrell & G Sherwood.

2 Bowl Mixed Pairs (sponsored by Sproughton Garden Machinery): 10am Mrs T Topple & J Knights v Mrs M Thorpe & B Thorpe. Midday Ms P Gooch & A Brunton v Mrs A Gooch & F Keen.

2 Bowl Rinks (sponsored by Mervyn Thomas): 4pm G Barrell, E Titshall, G Sherwood v A Brunton, F Keen, P Baggott. 4pm B Harber, A Harber, M Cole v B Thorpe, R Utteridge, G Coles.

2 Bowls Mixed Rinks (sponsored by John Woollard): 10am R Dearing, Ms P Gooch, A Brunton v F Keen, Mrs A Gooch, P Baggott. midday: Mrs J Moore, Mrs J Howe, M Rumball v Mrs D Wolton, T Griffin, R Lillistone.

Mens Four Bowl Singles (sponsored by Ron & Nora Whymark): 10am J Sims v N Roberts. Already played A Brunton 11 v P Baggott 21.

Under 25s Two Bowl Singles Final (sponsored by Mrs Barbara Rushbrook) (to be played on Sunday, March 18): R Willoughby v L Shaw.

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