Connaught win real thriller

Banham and Connaught played a thrilling final at Carleton Rode in a major short mat bowls competition - the Breckland League Five Pairs.The format requires five matches of two-wood pairs each played over 10 ends.

Banham and Connaught played a thrilling final at Carleton Rode in a major short mat bowls competition - the Breckland League Five Pairs.

The format requires five matches of two-wood pairs each played over 10 ends.

The winner is the side scoring most shots over the total of 50 ends.

After some close matches, with many twists and turns, Banham and Connaught were tied at 38 shots each.


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Bill and Shirley Francis of Banham then had to play Lee Fallows and Andrew Stratton in a one-end play-off.

The Connaught pair won and their side retained the trophy.

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Results (Banham first): John Williamson and Colin Smith 6, Bill and Diana Adcock11; Jim Delaney and Val Hambling 8, Sylvia Parsons and Derek Liles 6; Bill and Shirley Francis 8, Lee Fallows and Andrew Stratton 8; Julia Blackburn and Val Footer 7, Sheila Bragg and Russell Hales 10; Tony Blackburn and Stan Footer 9, Ray Wells and Keith Beavers 3.

Bill and Diana Adcock had given Connaught a good start and the Attleborough side maintained a narrow lead for most of the match. After 47 ends and with three to go, Connaught led by five shots but Tony Blackburn and Stan Footer scored one, two and two to level the match before the play-off.

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