Bowls: Henry does the double

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Jeremy Henry, of Portrush, became the first man to complete the double of junior and senior singles titles at the British Championships in Worthing yesterday.

The Irishman, the junior winner two years ago, captured the main singles title with the minimum of fuss when he needed just 15 ends to wrap up a 21-6 win over Dai Wilkins.

Ireland added an unexpected second title when the Belmont trio of Paul and Brian Daly and David Hamilton staged a remarkable recovery to snatch the triples, 17-16, from Pontrhydyfen's Jonathon and John Britton and Brenig Powell.

The Welsh side led 16-7 with just five ends to play, but a count of three followed by three successive doubles saw Ireland square at 16-16 going into the last end, where they picked up a match-winning single.

However, Wales scored revenge wins over the Irish in both the junior singles and fours.

Penylan's Neil Collett powered to a 21-15 juniors win over Myles Greenfield, while in the fours the Weale brothers from Presteigne secured a 20-13 victory over the Irish champions from Whitehead.

Scotland's Alan Gilmour and Gary Mackie from the Kirkcaldy West End Club captured the pairs and ended England's last hopes of silverware when they raced to a 28-11 win over Ian Maddox and Rob Stanley from the Bankhouse Hotel Club in Worcester.