Docking’s Michael overcomes heart surgery to challenge for trophy

Triples champions - Liam Leverett, Michael Leverett and Robert Cardew. MLNF16PB08432 ANL-160408-092918001

Triples champions - Liam Leverett, Michael Leverett and Robert Cardew. MLNF16PB08432 ANL-160408-092918001

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A keen bowls player who survived a quintuple hear bypass six years ago is celebrating what is believed to be a bowls first.

When Docking Bowls Club’s 76-year-old Michael Leverett, together with grandsons, Liam Leverett and Robert Cardew, won the 2016 Norfolk county English Bowls Federation triples title at Freethorpe, near Yarmouth, last month he was told it was believed to be the first time the trophy has been lifted by three members of the same family.

Now the trio are preparing for the national finals in Skegness later this month.

“We’re proud to be representing Norfolk from Docking,” said Michael.

In the county final they beat Martham by 17-16, despite being 13-4 down after seven ends. Liam skippered the initial ends, then Michael took over for the middle with Liam reverting to skip for the final end to seal their victory. It was a plan that worked,” said Michael.

The trio have been playing together for five years now. “Our best effort before this year was getting to the county final four years ago,” said Michael.

Individually Robert, partnered by Danny Cawthorne, won the Norfolk EBF under-25 pairs title two years ago.

This latest success comes on top of Michael, wife Maureen and sister-in-law, Ann Leverett, winning Fakenham’s Gallow bowls cubs indoor Australian Pairs title earlier this year.

Michael said it is a golden year for Docking BC. They won’t be alone on their family trip to the national finals. The club’s Thelma Scarffe and Ann Leverett are representing Norfolk in the Ladies Pairs with Ann Leverett, Carol Playford and Beverly Masters also making the trip as Norfolk’s Triples representatives.

And clubwise there could still be more success to come. “The club is also in three local finals, the Grange Cup, the Ingoldisby Cup and the Ridley Cup and we’re top of division one of the North West Norfolk League.”