Bowlers seal national title after tense finish

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Boston Indoor Bowling Club have won the men’s national over 60 club title for the first time.

They defeated last year’s runners-up Cotswold 43-40 in a fascinating final, in the which the scores were level at 39-39 with only two ends left to play.

Both ends were on the rink where Boston’s Mick Tomlin was up against a Cotswold rink skipped by John Tombs, and a brilliant turnover shot from Tomlin garnered four shots that sent Boston into the very last end with a 43-39 lead.

“All we had to do was to play it tight on that last end to make sure we did not drop four shots or more, and we were quite happy to concede one shot for a great win,” said Tomlin.

Tomlin’s rink, which had dropped a six on the 16th end, won, 22-20.

The Boston rink skipped by Les Feary edged home 21‐-0 against Martin Wilks’s quartet.

Barry Wilson, George Hardstaff and Geoff Parker joined Feary’s rink, while Ron Flowers, Paul Flatters and Keith French were part of Tomlin’s quartet.

The Stroud-based club competed well, but were without the services of one of their top skips, Keith Hinder.

A trio from Boston also reached the semi-finals of the English Indoor Bowling Association’s National Championships.

Adrian Field, Flatters and Feary progressed to the final four of the men’s over 50s triples event before being beaten 18-14 by Cornish trio Mervyn Emnett, Norman Coad and Paul Bennett of the Bodmin club.