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The inaugual Falaise Open Singles bowls tournament was declared a resounding success.

More than 60 players from far and wide descended on Falaise Indoor Bowls Club in Hastings last weekend for a high quality event which was part of the national planetbowls.com open singles circuit.

Falaise Open Singles bowls tournament winner Josh Grant (left) and runner-up Lee Dickson. Picture by Simon Newstead

Falaise Open Singles bowls tournament winner Josh Grant (left) and runner-up Lee Dickson. Picture by Simon Newstead

Tournament organiser Gareth Heard said: “I got nothing but good comments which I’m really pleased with. It ran as smoothly as I could’ve hoped for the first time, and I’m hoping to make it bigger and better next year for a full weekend.

“I’m really pleased to get some top, top quality bowlers; the top lady in the world and some of the top men in the world. I had a few helpers helping me out and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. I had really good support from the club (Falaise).”

Josh Grant (Croydon IBC) was the eventual winner after beating Lee Dickson (Richmond IBC) in the final on Sunday evening. Grant pulled away from 2-2 to take the first set 6-3 and from 1-1 to clinch the second 7-1.

Peter Morgan (Preston IBC, Brighton) and Rob Meason (Falcon IBC, Essex) were the losing semi-finalists, while Keith Cheetham was the most successful local player.

He got to the quarter-finals by edging out Falaise clubmate Martin Heitzman on a tie-break in the last 16. Heard was among four Falaise bowlers to reach the last 16 on Saturday night.

The event - which attracted large numbers of spectators - was sponsored by DD Catering, Glazed Bullies, Bohemia Motors and Sifu Neil Gould, who runs www.1066wingchunschools.org