Cardigan postman Kevin James became only the second person in the modern era to win the Welsh Outdoor Singles Bowls championship three times, following in the footsteps of the great Robert Weale.

James, who also won in 2006 and 2018 held his nerve in the final at Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells to deliver the goods by beating Simon Ace of Resolven by 21-16.

James started out the campaign by winning the Ceredigion section of the championships which qualified him for the national showpiece event.

His opening round at Llandrindod saw him defeat Paul Champion of Swansea club Mount Pleasant in a one sided affair at 21-2 but the quarter final was a much stiffer task.

Up against Tenby bowler Paul Diment, James came through by 21-14 to set up a semi-final against title favourite Dan Salmon of Penylan.

There was little to choose between the pair with the scores locked at 18-18 before James finished strongly to seal the match at 21-18.

His opponent in the final started well and it was nip and tuck for the next fifteen ends with the scores locked at 13-13 at one stage.

The Cardigan Bowling Club star pulled away to deservedly take the honours and complete an historic hat trick by 21-16.

James is now awaiting the final selection for the Wales team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games which is set to be announced this autumn.

But this win should have put him in pole position.

"I was delighted when I won the title the first time but this one was extra special," said James.

"I really had to pinch myself when I woke up the next morning.

"I had to be very patient in the final as the rink I played on was very tricky and that was probably my worst game of the week.

"But I managed to stay in the game and finish strongly when it really counted.”