King extends his run of success

Mervyn King of the Fakenham Gallow club continued the most successful spell of his long and distinguished bowling career by winning the latest stage of the ground-breaking Bowls Super8serieS in Bristol last week.

He opened with an 8-3, 6-5 straight-sets win over Suffolk's world No 3 Mark Royal, then lost to his England colleague Les Gillett in his second match.

But he recovered to defeat the legendary Scot David Gourlay twice – 6-7, 7-3, 2-1 in the round robin, and 5-3, 10-5 in the final.

'It's a long way across the country to Bristol for a day's bowls, but it's always worth the trip,' said King. 'The event provides good experience against world-class opposition, and gives us a chance to play the sets format.'

He added: 'I'm chuffed to bits with what I've achieved over the past two months, and hope it's a good omen for me in my bid to regain the world indoor singles at Potters Leisure Resort in January.'

The jet-setting King lifted the Matchroom Premier League title in Cyprus in September, was silver medallist in the Commonwealth Games pairs in New Delhi last month, and won the Scottish Open in Perth two weeks ago.