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Catchpole retains county bowls title

PUBLISHED: 11:33 30 July 2010 | UPDATED: 09:55 01 August 2010

Ian Catchpole, the Worlingham U25 England international who plays for Halesworth, has retained his Bowls England Suffolk U25s Singles title.

Having won the title for the first time last season, he successfully played his way through the early rounds of the competition to reach the county finals held at Cornard.

Ian Catchpole, the Worlingham U25 England international who plays for Halesworth, has retained his Bowls England Suffolk U25s Singles title.

Having won the title for the first time last season, he successfully played his way through the early rounds of the competition to reach the county finals held at Cornard.

In the semi-finals he played Tom Critoph from the Sparrow's Nest Club, Lowestoft. Catchpole found himself 17-12 down but then put in three ends of precision bowling to pick up scores of four, three and two shots to win 21-17.

The final brought together the champions from the past two years, Catchpole and the 2008 Champion Marcus Fuller (Felixstowe).

Catchpole started very well and always held the upper hand, playing the better drawing game.

Fuller was coming under severe pressure but played some very good running bowls which kept him in the final. His style of play appeared to have paid dividends when he went into a 17-16 lead.

On the next end Catchpole levelled the scores at 17-17 and then finished off the game with a score of four to win 21-17 and retain the title.

He now goes onto the national finals at Worthing where he will represent Suffolk in the U25 singles, and also in the Men's Triples, having qualified for this with his dad, John Catchpole, and Mark Todd.

This will be the second occasion that this line-up has appeared at the national finals, the first time in 2008.

However, for Todd and John Catchpole this will be their fourth appearance representing Suffolk in the triples finals.

John's daughter Louise Catchpole, better known for her indoor bowls achievements, has also played her way through to represent Suffolk in the Bowls England Outdoor Ladies' U25 Singles National Championships at Leamington Spa.

She first qualified for this last year and continued her successes of last season to again reach the finals where she will play her first round game against the Middlesex champion.

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