VETERAN bowler Doug Bale, 80, from the Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club of Westward Ho! defeated England International and Commonwealth medallist Sam Tolchard, 21, of Torquay United Bowls Club in the Devon final of the National Singles Champion of Champions competition.

A packed Kingsley Bowls Club witnessed a magnificent line, length drawing game. It was dominated by Doug, who won 12 of the 18 ends in the two-hour match.

Both men were given a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.

It was not the first clash of the two bowlers. The first time Doug and Sam met on the green was in the Torquay tournament, when Sam was just 13 years old!

Doug will now play Cornish champion David Drew of Bodmin Bowling Club on a neutral green in the next two weeks.

Kingsley Men’s team won their first round Parrott Cup match against Axminster on an extra end. They also drew against Exonia in the County Over 60s.

Kingsley Ladies took four points off Honiton in the Foxlands Trophy.