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Big night for Gallow club

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:19 07 July 2010

The Gallow championship team.

The Gallow championship team.

FAKENHAM Gallow Indoor Bowls Club's annual finals night produced a mix of old, new and some very high-standard play.

There was a first-time winner of the ladies' singles, two world champions showing off their skills and members of the newly-crowned A team, Norfolk county champions for the first time in 30 years, mixing it with their team-mates for club honours.

FAKENHAM Gallow Indoor Bowls Club's annual finals night produced a mix of old, new and some very high-standard play.

There was a first-time winner of the ladies' singles, two world champions showing off their skills and members of the newly-crowned A team, Norfolk county champions for the first time in 30 years, mixing it with their team-mates for club honours. There were new events to cater for the 500 or so members who play on the four rinks at the Fakenham Sports Centre morning, afternoon and evening, seven days a week during the winter season, writes Peter Bird.

One match between two of the club's finest exponents of the game showed off all the skills that make Gallow one of the stronger clubs in England.

It was the singles final where holder Richard Mason and club champion 12 times, played younger opponent and twice world indoor champion and newly-crowned world mixed pairs champion Mervyn King.

But reputations mean nothing in bowls so Mason opened up a substantial 14-4 in the early stages only to watch King slowly pull him back to take the title he last won in 2003. King has now won the title twice.

Teamed together for the pairs' event they made a formidable double act, proving to be too much of a handful for the more than useful David Webb and Mark Riches. Mason then went on to be part of the winning triples team with team-mates Dick Seppings and Mark Riches.

But that was not the end of the King story for wife, Suzanne, must have needed husband Mervyn's help to take home her armful of club trophies. Her multiple club successes followed her winning partnership with husband, Mervyn, in the world mixed pairs event in Swansea the previous weekend. It was a heady seven days for someone whose favourite sport was golf five years ago.

Mervyn coached her well. She won the mixed pairs with Paul Shackcloth, Josie Wright joined them to win the mixed triples, then King and Josie Wright teamed up with Ann Leverett and Beverly Masters to win the ladies' fours. King then joined Mark Riches and her daughter, Harriet Segasby, to win the Tartan Trophy. To complete her haul King also led the newly introduced mixed triples league to success.

Johnny Wright, a club stalwart for many years, and chairman for the last 13, relinquished the post this year but it seemed that wife, Josie, already part of both the ladies' winning fours and mixed triples teams, was determined the Wright family should go out with a last hurrah for she was also a losing finalist as part of the teams in the ladies' pairs, triples and the Stratford Cup.

One especially sweet success story was that of Cheryl Lincoln who won her very first club singles title by taking the ladies' championship from Gill Savory. Linda Ward and Maureen Emment are the pairs champions and very experienced Janet Rix, Betty Bidewell and Viv. Howe won the triples title.

More than a score of youngsters, under the watchful eye of club coach Brian Barnes, are making their presence felt. Currently the pick of them is Harriett Segasby, only 14, who won the county U16 championship. It earned her the club's Vera Wright Rose Bowl for the outstanding lady's performance of the year.

But she could not repeat that performance at club level when the U25 title, open to both sexes, went to the very promising Dean Johnson, also 14.

New this year is a novice league for members with less than two years' experience. The winning team was led by Alan Pearson. Also new was a plate competition to give those who lost out in the first round of competition a second crack of the whip.

Johnny Wright was presented with the much prized Negus Cup for his many years of untiring work for the club.

Roy Preston, who led his afternoon league team to championship success in Division Three last year and Division Two this year, took the club's Team Achievement Award.

Presidents of the men's and ladies' sections, Dick Andrews and Pauline Frost, presented the awards.

Results. Men, Singles: winner Mervyn King; Richard Mason; Vernon Hudson

Pairs: Mervyn King, Richard Mason; runners-up David Webb Mark Riches; Plate Dick Seppings David Frost.

Triples: winner Dick Seppings, Mark Riches, Richard Mason; runners-up David Taney, Ken Humphrey, Paul Bidewell; Plate Trevor Savory, Shaun Savory, Stuart Williamson.

Fours: winner David Webb, David Hood, Mick Leverett, Vernon Hudson; runners-up Trevor Savory, Ivan Bell, Shaun Savory, Stuart Williamson; Plate Peter Lowe, Tom Beck, Mark Riches, Richard Mason.

Mixed Pairs: winner Suzanne King, Paul Shackcloth; runners-up Pauline Frost, David Frost; Plate Dick Sepping, Maureen Emment.

Mixed Triples: winner Suzanne King, Jose Wright, Paul Shackcloth; runners-up Linda Ward, David Webb, Vernon Hudson; Plate Mary Hall, Peter Murfit, David Hall.

Tartan Trophy: winner Harriett Segasby, Suzanne King, Mark Riches; runners-up Dick Seppings, Peter Murfit, David Frost; Plate Brian Ledgerwood, Guy Wright, Ken Frohawk.

U25 singles: winner Dean Johnson; runner-up Harriett Segasby.

(Both sexes)

Stratford Cup: winners Bernie Barker, John Piercy; runners-up Ken Frohawk, Josie Wright.

Ladies. Singles: winner Cheryl Lincoln; runner-up Gill Savory.

Pairs: winner Linda Ward, Maureen Emment; runners-up Suzanne King, Josie Wright.

Triples: winner Janet Rix, Betty Bidewell, Viv Howe; runners-up Ann Leverett, Pauline Frost, Josie Wright.

Fours: winners Ann Leverett, Beverley Masters, Suzanne King, Josie Wright; runners-up Janet Rix, Betty Bidewell, Marlene Pointer, Viv Howe.

Evening League: First Division: David Frost; Second Division Mick Leverett; Third Division Lorna Coleman.

Afternoon League: First Division: David Rogers; Second Division Roy Preston; Third Division John Miller.

Weekend League: Philip Edge. Mixed Triples League: Suzanne King. Novice League: Alan Pearson. Summer League: Trevor Savory. Summer Pairs: Valerie, Basil Dickinson.

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