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Alex Marshall in duel to find the ultimate short mat bowls champion

PUBLISHED: 16:28 08 May 2012

Alex Marshall, seen here in action against Acle's Tim Stone at the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Hopton, will feature in the Champion of Champions Challenge.

Alex Marshall, seen here in action against Acle's Tim Stone at the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Hopton, will feature in the Champion of Champions Challenge.

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A remarkable series of matches is about to be screened on the web with flat green legend Alex Marshall taking on national short mat bowls singles champions from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as a world short mat singles champion.

The series of five matches has been launched under the banner of The Champions of Champions Challenge, by Greengauge Sports in association with Henselite.

Greengauge have already filmed the matches at a secret location, with all five games played on Greengauge Punch short mats, and they intend showing the games at weekly intervals on their website.

This news was revealed on Greengauge’s web site where they have set up a poll for bowlers to vote on who they think will win each game in this battle of the codes.

It is believed that West Sussex and England star Dom Reed will represent England while Irish legend Dessie Hamilton will also take on five-time world indoor singles champion Alex Marshall.

Short mat bowls has long been regarded with a certain amount of condescension by some elements in the older bowling codes and the prospect of seeing a player of Marshall’s status playing five leading short mat bowlers is bound to attract plenty of interest in the world of bowls.

Marshall started bowling at the age of eight and collected Commonwealth Games pairs gold medals in 2002 and 2006.

Marshall believes that he will prove that flat green players can master the best that the world of short mat bowls has to offer by winning at least three out of the five games on the Greengauge Punch short mat surface.

Former Essex star Dominic Reed, and the other four short mat bowling giants, will be looking to prove otherwise.

Meanwhile, the Norfolk Summer season got under way with a predictable 8-0 home win by Bob Carter in the Summer Cup against Hingham Yellow. They will now entertain Thorpe Marriott B in the next round.

In their Summer League Division One match, Kirby Bedon A defeated Kirby Bedon B 5-3 in a derby clash. Carol Aggas, Neil Davidson and Selwyn Goldsmith picked up three points for the A team with a 22-3 win against Gerald Chilver’s triple and a 13-13 draw against Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown. Three points were also collected by Brown’s B team triple who beat Phil Watson’s triple 19-11 in their second game.

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