OLVESTON & District Bowling Club are celebrating a club double as both their ladies and men’s A teams have been crowned champions of their respective leagues.

The ladies have had a really successful season, winning the Bristol Ladies League First Division title and the men’s team secured the Bristol League First Division title with four games to play.

This was a first for Olveston men’s team, who had an incredible run of 15 straight wins, and a great achievement considering the team had only been promoted into the top division having won the Second Division title last season.

Olveston ladies team member Sue Latham also had a successful time in her own right when she became the runner-up in the Bowls England Women’s National Senior Singles title at the finals played at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa.

Having won two matches on the Saturday, the Sunday saw Latham winning a quarter-final 21-18.

She then won 21-8 in the semi-final but went down to Wiltshire’s Alex Jacobs 21-8 in the final.

To come runner-up in the National Finals is certainly a major feat for any bowler and the club are rightly proud of Latham’s achievement.

The men took a team to Norgren Bowling Club in Shipston-on-Stour to play Bletchley Town in the Bowls England 2-Rink competition.

Olveston had beaten strong opposition to reach the last 16 stage of the competition, the furthest the club had ever gone in its history.

Having beaten the exiting title holders Worcester on their own green in the last round, to reach this stage was a major achievement.

Olveston put up a good fight but Bletchley were that bit stronger and came out worthy winners on the night.