Fakenham Gallow duo make national last 32

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Pam Frary and Louise Hannant from the Gallow Ladies bowls teams, Fakenham, have reached the last 32 in the National Pairs competition, writes Irene Lambert.

Having gone through several rounds they faced a pair from Norfolk BC skipped by England international Becky Field.

A tense match all rested on Hannant’s last wood, which secured victory. Their next opponents were also from Norfolk BC and included Carole Baker, the current National Over 60s Singles champion, a match Frary and Hannant also won.

Next match is against a pair from Acle; a victory in this round would book them a place in the National Finals.

The County Triples League season is drawing to a close. In a successful year, both teams will finish in higher positions than they have for several years.

The A team have struggled for the past two years, just avoiding relegation. However, currently they are lying in fifth position out of 12 teams. This was consolidated by an excellent 8 points to 0 (77 shots to 36) win over Woodlands A, at Gallow, last week.

Scores - Gallow skips: B Graver won 20-9; P Whitehead won 19-4; C Bell won 16-15 and L Hannant won 22-8.

On Saturday the team played earned a valuable two points against North Walsham, who are above them in the league standings. Two rinks won and two lost, while the overall aggregate was also lost.

Scores: Di Broom, Irene Lambert, Beryl Graver won 20-13; Pam Frary, Maureen Leverett, Louise Hannant lost 6-18; Cheryl Lincoln, Mollie Bowyer, Pam Whitehead won 19-8; Ann Leverett, Sandra Burlingham, Coralie Bell lost 6-18.

The B team are riding high in second place, which is an outstanding achievement following several years languishing towards the bottom. They have played two matches in the last 10 days.

Roundwood A were the opposition last week, and Gallow had beaten them soundly away from home. But Gallow scored just half a point, going down 46 shots to 68.

Rink scores: R Noon drew 13-13; P Wright lost 12-17; J Ashmore lost 9-23; E Hill lost 12-15.

The team were convincingly back to winning ways against Lynnsport at Gallow, 59 shots to 42 and a well deserved seven points.

The B team have just one match left, a top of the table clash against Dereham at Gallow on Saturday, February 27 at noon. Supporters are very welcome.

Club competitions are well underway and two have already reached their climax. The Club Singles was won by Ann Leverett, who beat Irene Lambert in the final.

The victors in the Fours were Di Broom, Leverett, Josie Wright and Suzanne King; they defeated Frary, Coralie Bell, Sandra Burlingham and Hannant 20 shots to 13.

The Triples and Pairs Finals take place over the next two weeks. Winners of these competitions go on to represent Gallow at the county play-offs in March.