Nicky Brett and Lindsay Swannell provide pair-fection to earn title success at the English Bowling Federation indoor finals

World indoor singles champion Nicky Brett has now added a national pairs crown to his collection. Pi

World indoor singles champion Nicky Brett has now added a national pairs crown to his collection. Picture: JAMES BASS - Credit: James Bass

Reigning world indoor champion Nicky Brett has added another major title to his collection.

Huntingdon ace Brett teamed up with Lindsay Swannell of Warboys White Hart to land the Men’s Pairs crown at the English Bowling Federation Indoor Finals in Newark.

It was a dramatic success for the duo representing Huntingdonshire as they claimed three shots on the final end of their showpiece clash against a Durham duo to snatch a 15-14 victory. They had previously eased past opponents from Northants, North Cambs and Nottinghamshire to reach the final.

Swannell was only a whisker away from completing a title double when joining forces with fellow Warboys bowlers Susan Swannell and Lewis Baker to reach the Mixed Rinks final. But the Hunts trio went down 22-15 to Durham.

Lindsay Swannell also featured in the Men’s Rinks event alongside Ian Swannell and Baker, but they could not make it past the second round.

Steve Farrant of Huntingdon was a semi-finalist in the Men’s Singles. He eased through clashes against North Essex and Humberside before bowing out against Lincolnshire in the last four.

Mick Verlander (Huntingdon) was a first-round casualty in the Men’s Four-Bowl Senior Singles while Toby Furzeland (Sawtry) went out in the second round of the Open Under 25 Singles after receiving a bye in the opening stage.

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Heather McKillop (Houghton & Wyton) suffered a similar fate in the Women’s Singles whereas Jane Baldwin (St Ives) also bowed out of the Women’s Senior Singles at the second hurdle after emphatically winning her first match.

Baldwin fared better when teaming up with St Ives clubmate Kathy Snitch to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Pairs, while the Women’s Rinks line-up of Chloe Brett, Rebecca Moorbey and Ellen Falkner also bowed out at that stage of their event.

St Neots talent Moorbey then teamed up with Ed Elmore to reach another semi-final in the Mixed Pairs event.