Mother and daughter team up to grab surprise Eastbourne win

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BOWLS: Abthorpe bowls ace Sharon Wooller entered this year’s Eastbourne Ladies Pairs Open Bowls Tournament with her playing partner.

The prestigious event, first played in 1931, has occurred every year since then except during World War Two.

Unfortunately Sharon’s partner was forced to withdraw and she needed to find a substitute. So she asked her mother Viv.

Now Mrs Fermor is an experienced player with Saffron Ladies, one of the leading clubs in East Sussex. But neither Viv nor Sharon anticipated what would happen. They competed through five rounds of the tournament and to their surprise reached the final. Sharon explained that the final was extremely close with scores level at 15 shots each on the 21st end.

“Then we picked up the one shot we needed to secure the win.”

They were delighted to be presented with an impressive trophy in front of an admiring crowd of enthusiasts. Sharon, who has competed in this particular tournament for the last 12 years, joined Daventry Town Bowls club this season.

She has decided that this will be her last tournament for a while so she can focus on achieving selection for Northamptonshire county matches.

RIGHT: Sharon (far right) and her mother, Viv, (centre) with their trophies at Eastbourne after winning the ladies pairs’ open bowls tournament