Annual event helps raise funds for air ambulance

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The East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity Petanque Doubles were held at British Sugar Sports and Social Club, helping to raise £417.50.

Twenty-two teams took part in the popular annual charity competition organised by Pen-Y-Coed Petanque, from Bardwell, drawing teams from across the UK.

Travelling teams featured strongly in the competition, taking advantage of the fast piste and claiming two of the top four final placings.

The format of the day was five snake drawn games with the top two teams playing off in a final and the next two for third and fourth.

After five rounds, the Kent pairing of Mick and Joyce Nash had made all the running with an impressive five wins to seal their place in the final, with the youth team pairing of Jessica Shoesmith - England Petanque Association Junior - and Chris Peel.

Shoesmith is a regular England Junior Petanque team member and Peel, who features for Red Lodge in the Newmarket and District League, also won all their games with an impressive five wins plus 32 points to make the final.

First place was eventually taken by the junior pairing as the Kent team failed to capitalise on a great chance to win the game.

Shoesmith and Peel made no mistake on the last end, with impressive shooting and steady pointing to win 13-12.

Third and fourth play off places were taken by Cambrige player Ian Butcher and Essex Rayne Swan member Wendy Ridehalgh playing Sue and Paulo Infantino from Chiltern, with the latter pairing winning through 13-9.