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Over-60s bow out of national double rink with defeat by Bromley

The over-60s team from Worthing Pavilion battled all the way in their attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the national double-rink competition run by the English Indoor Bowling Association. 

Facing a Bromley line-up that included multiple world champion Andy Thomson as one of their skips, Pavilion came out on top on their home rink by 27 shots to 24. Jeremy Simpson, John Winkley, Arthur White and skip Bill Murphy scored a six, a five and two fours during 18 ends of high-quality action that took more than three hours to complete. 

With the home rink recording a memorable victory, Pavilion's away rink of Ray Leggett, Colin Davey, Mick Patching and skip John Frew scored two threes and took four other ends. They conceded only one three but Bromley consistency's on their home rink proved decisive in a 17-10 score that made the overall aggregate 41-37 to the Kent club. 

Bromley will play Kempston Park, a Bedfordshire club, in the last eight, while Pavilion reflect on their best performance yet in a knockout tournament contested by hundreds of teams. 

Competing in the Sussex county fours, Simpson, White, Leggett and Frew proved their mettle three days after the loss to Bromley by defeating Grattons in a hard-fought semi-final. Pavilion led from the start and seemed to have secured victory with two ends of the scheduled 21 to play, when they went five shots up. 

Grattons then hit back with a two and a three to tie the score at 21-21. That took the match to an extra end, which Pavilion won by a single shot. As White said afterwards: "Too close for comfort!" 

On finals day at Adur on March 10 they will play the defending champions, Eastbourne. 

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