Welsh duo lift Farsley pairs crown

Colwyn Bay's Chris and Dianne Slater won the Farsley Winter Pairs.

They saw off Jack Clarke and Chris Kelly (Sheffield) to 15 in the semi-final, before beating Paul Haigh and Mick Walsh of Crossroads to 11 in the final.

Haigh and Walsh beat Terry Kelly and Tony Green by 10 shots in their semi-final.

Congratulations as usual to Geoff Lacey at Farsley BC for hosting the event.

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The latest group winners from the winter pairs at Woodhouse Moor were D Scarth and M Stradling; M and J Armitage; A Ford and A Bennett; L and C Oddy; and P and L Wilcox.

There was an impressive turn-out of 42 bowlers and although the competition is only two weeks in, it's easy to see that the Wilcox family will be looking to cement an early place in the play-offs in March.

Along with Ford and Bennett, they have made it two group wins from two.

There are no regulations on how many games you have to play or when you can start. this is a points accumulation system, so no-one has lost out if they feel like starting this Sunday.

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Although it's not easy to find, there has been some televised bowls this week.

BBC Scotland hosted the Co-operative Funeral Care Scottish International Open and the tournament saw Scottish regular Paul Foster take an unprecedented sixth World Bowls Tour title as he beat England international Ian Bond 2-0 on the tie-break after both bowlers had won one set each.

Foster's win pushed him past Alex "Tatty" Marshall, who with his five world championships was joint top WBT winner.

Sky have been replaying this summer's indoor World Matchplay, as well as showing coverage of the Oceanico Bowls Masters held in Portugal.

Although the BBC has reduced the number of live tournaments this year, there is still evidence of the game for all to watch. Hopefully this will continue in 2010.