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Bowls: Russell Francis beats Clarrie Dunbar club-mate John Freeman in area singles final

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

The Clarrie Dunbar and Somerset U25 teams following the challenge match

The Clarrie Dunbar and Somerset U25 teams following the challenge match

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Clarrie Dunbar's Russell Francis saw off club-mate John Freeman at the weekend to reach the national finals of the EIBA national men's singles competition.

The area final was closer than the 21-7 scoreline suggests but Francis managed to get the better of his opponent to book his place at the finals in Nottingham on March 30.

Meanwhile, Clarrie defeated Somerset U25s 93-65 in the annual Challenge Trophy match at the Standerwick-based club.

Clarrie came out on top in three of the four rinks and the remaining quartet were edged out by a single point.

Keith Bailey, who captained the Clarrie team and also plays for Somerset in the liberty Trophy, said: "It wasn't all about winning, it was also a pleasure to play against a team that represented the future of the game."

In Division 1 of the Somerset League, Clarrie claimed a 14-2 points victory over Street-based Victoria on Sunday.

Victoria were one shot ahead after five ends and had extended their lead to 14 shots after ten ends. However, Clarrie fought back to take a six-shot lead after 18 ends and eventually won 90-76 overall.

On Saturday, defending champions Clarrie take on Nailsea in the third round of the Somerset Double-rink competition, while the women take on Bristol in the North Somerset Presidents Trophy, also a double-rink event.

The following day, Clarrie take on Weston St Andrews in their final Wessex League group match, having already booked their place in the play-offs but needing the maximum 16 points to finish top of the Central Region table.

For more information on the club, visit www.clarrie.co.uk or call 01373 830092.

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