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PUBLISHED: 11:13 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:32 01 August 2010

John Walford (left) being presented with his county badge by County President Mike Fathers.

John Walford (left) being presented with his county badge by County President Mike Fathers.

Bungay Bowls Club held one of the four area finals in Suffolk on Sunday where bowlers could qualify for the county finals at Sole Bay next weekend.

The county winners will go forward to compete for the national titles of the English Bowling Federation held at Skegness in late August.

Bungay Bowls Club held one of the four area finals in Suffolk on Sunday where bowlers could qualify for the county finals at Sole Bay next weekend.

The county winners will go forward to compete for the national titles of the English Bowling Federation held at Skegness in late August.

With the women's president from Sole Bay Paula Gooch and the county president Mike Fathers from the Waveney Club present at the green, their first task of the day was to present Lowestoft's Railway's John Walford with a county badge.

Walford was recently made a life member of the Suffolk EBF for his dedicated work as area secretary over the last 15 years.

The semi-finals for the 13 titles were mainly held on Saturday and representatives from 11 local clubs battled for a place in Sunday's final.

The host club's interest centred around the U25 Pairs where Bungay's James Gosling and Jack Powley were up against Thurlton's Lauren and Kirsty Clarke. Last weekend Kirsty booked a place at Skegness by winning the Ladies' U25s county title.

The Bungay pair raced ahead before the sisters pegged them back over the middle stint of the game which led to a tense last few ends of a 21-end match. However, James and Jack held their nerve to win 22-17.

In the final they were once again the underdogs with home green advantage against the Halesworth pair of James Jenkins and Ollie White.

James had already booked a trip to Sole Bay by winning the U25s singles earlier in the day. With Jack leading well, he and James were 10-1 at halfway and 16-8 up by the 16th end.

However, with Jenkins now leading well the Halesworth duo scored six shots on the next two ends to enter the last three just two down. Jack's lead wood gave his pair a three shot lead with two ends to go.

On the 20th end Jenkins bowled two superb woods next to the cot before James' first bowl bisected both of them to trail the jack for shot. Ollie's first wood did not change anything so James played an identical shot to his first to claim a match lie and received a round of applause from the appreciative crowd. Under pressure, Ollie narrowly missed a shot to take the game to the last end so the Bungay duo won by five shots and now head to Sole Bay where they will meet a winning duo from another area in the county semi-finals.

Of the other players in the finals Kessingland's Jimmy Summons will appear in three county semi-finals, while Aldeby's John Knights will appear in two.

Area A winners - Mixed Pairs: Mrs S Williams and G Leech (Low Rail); Men's Pairs: P Utting and A Burch (Wrentham); U25 Singles: J Jenkins (Halesworth); Two-Wood Singles: M Cole (Kessingland); Four-Wood Singles: J Summons (Kessingland); Two-Wood Triples: J Knights, M Patterson, J Patterson (Aldeby); U25s Open Pairs: J Powley and J Gosling (Bungay); Senior Singles: D Rushmere (Low Rail); Secretary Singles: J Summons (Kessingland); Mixed Triples: Ms T Topple, J Knights, A Nixon (Aldeby); Senior Pairs: N Batley and J Summons (Kessingland); Three-Wood Triples: M Burley, C Harber and R Utting (Wrentham); Champion of Champions: P Lincoln (Thurlton).

While the county finals take place on Sunday at Sole Bay, Bungay will be hosting their third open tournament of the season.

The event, sponsored by Harleston builder Graham Johnson, will see 24 triples will compete for the Chairman's Shield.

Heading the entry are the winning triples from the previous two years Clive Marshall of Waveney (2007) and Ann Swanston of Bungay (2006).

Qualifying matches start at 9am with the finals around 4.45pm.

Spectators are welcome.

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