BOWLS: WIDNES double-act Val Young and Paula Gamon have staged a repeat show in the Cheshire County Ladies' Pairs competition.
In retaining the trophy won last year, they became the first pair to win back-to-back titles. And Val admitted the second success feels even more special.
The duo play for Widnes Recreation Club Number Four in the top division of the Halton Ladies' League and came through four rounds at Victoria Park, Warrington, to be crowned winners.
The highlight came in the final itself when they accounted for the highlyrated county stars Maureen Lyons, herself a Halton League player for Cronton, and Karen Johnstone, who belongs to a Warrington club, by an emphatic 15-8 margin.
The champions had begun their defence of the tournament with victory over Tina Cunningham and Carole Lockett - the Warrington pair they had overcome in last year's final.