Starks leads Victory to national title

Portsmouth Victory won the EIBA national men's over-60 fours title in Nottingham. From left: Colin Thresher, Barry Starks, Charlie Bailey, Dave Watts, pictured with EIBA president Mike Andrew

Barry Starks has led Portsmouth Victory to national glory in Nottingham.

Starks skipped Dave Watts, Charlie Bailey and Colin Thresher to the men’s over-60 fours crown in the English Indoor Bowling Association National Championship on Sunday.

Victory saw off the challenge of Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe in the final.

They cruised into a convincing 17-5 lead by the 11th end of the battle.

And from then on the Portsmouth-based side were in complete control, eventually seeing out a 20-9 success.

The quartet had earlier opened their title challenge with a 20-16 win over West Berks.

Victory faced Crawley-based side Grattons in the semi-final and despite trailing 8-5 after six ends, they hit back to win 20-14.

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