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Women's Comp Results P 2

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QUARTER FINALS - held on the morning of Sunday, 1st July, 2018, at Kettering Lodge BC. Four tremendously close matches, 2 winning by 2 shots and 2 winning by 1 shot, as befits this stage of a County competition. Two of the matches were level pegging with 1 end to go, and one required an extra end, so a very tense ending was evident for all the players, on a gloriously warm and sunny morning.. Results as follows:

1. Sian Hughes-Jones & Audrey Height, Kettering Lodge beat Pauline Letts & Sue Graham-Hole, St Crispin BC 18-16 shots

This was a very close match, with firstly St Crispin taking a 6-1 lead after 3 ends, and then, with 9 shots garnered in the next 4 ends, the Kettering Lodge pair went in front 10-7 after 7 ends of play. It was still being keenly fought, for at 13 ends the advantage to the Lodge was still 3 shots at 14-11, and with single shots only recorded over the next 6 ends, St Crispin pulled back to within 1 at 15-16 shots down with 2 ends left to play.
The Lodge picked up a 2 on the 19th end to carry a 3 shots lead into the last, and they were able to restrict their opponents to 1 shot to take themselves into the Semi-Final.

2. Paige Johnson-Young & Janet Ashby, Northampton West End BC beat Jo Johns & Karon Kerr, Geddington & Newton BC 18-16 shots

The West End pair started the match very well in posting 6 shots without reply in the first 3 ends, but Geddington pulled them back to within 1 shot at 5-6 down at 6 ends, until Paige & Janet had a run of 3 winning ends to get themselves a decent 13-5 lead at 9 ends. At this point Jo and Karon kept them on 13 as they doubled their own score to be just 3 shots adrift at 10-13, and after 17 ends the gap was still 3 shots in West End’s favour at 15-12, but Jo & Karon put up a terrific fight in their effort to win and they picked up a 3 and a single to be level at 16 shots each with 1 end left.
That end went to Paige & Janet with 2 shots for their passage to the Semi-Final.

3. Linda Warren & Billie Swift, Abbey Park BC beat Nancy Tebbutt & Pat Mattinson, Thrapston BC 24-23 shots

The Abbey Park ladies dropped a single on the first end but then picked up a massive 6 shots on the next to go well ahead and at 4 ends their lead was 8-1, but Nancy & Pat collected a big 5 on the 5th end to much reduce their deficit, and after 8 ends of play the scores were level at 10 each. 4 ends later the scores were still level at 13 shots each, but in collecting a 2 followed by a 4, Linda and Billie created a 19-13 lead, although the Thrapston ladies got to within 1 at 18-19 down with 5 ends to play.
A good pick up of 4 shots by Linda and Billie gave them a 5 shots lead, but the remaining 4 ends all went to Thrapston for them to tie the match at 23 shots each, after the scheduled 21 ends, so an extra end was required to establish the winner, and the Abbey Park ladies won that end for their move into the Semi-Finals.

4. Chloe Weston & Janet Swift, Abbey Park BC beat Rose Houghton & Val Betts, Higham Ferrers Town BC 23-22 shots

Yet another very close match with Rose and Val taking charge early on, for after dropping a single on the first end they collected a count of 4 shots, followed by a count of 5 shots, to be 9-1 up after 3 ends of play, but Chloe & Janet then picked up two 5’s and a 3 and got themselves a 14-10 shots lead at 7 ends.
At 11 ends the gap was still 4 shots in Chloe & Janet’s favour at 17-13, but 3 ends later the scores were level on 17 each, and on picking up a 4 on the 15th end Rose & Val went back in front at 21-17 shots, but their lead was short lived for the Abbey Park duo tied up the match again at 21 shots each with 3 ends to play and it was anyone’s match. An exchange of singles saw the scores level at 22 each with 1 end left to play, and that end went to Chloe & Janet for their passage to the Semi-Finals

SEMI-FINALS: - held in the afternoon of Sunday, 1st July, 2018, at Kettering Lodge BC, and a very hot afternoon it was too, with the sun beating down from a cloudless sky at around 30 degrees. One of the matches saw a relatively comfortable win for one of the pairs, but the other, as with the quarter finals, was very tight with the scores level playing the last end. Results as follows:

1. Sian Hughes-Jones & Audrey Height, Kettering Lodge BC beat Paige Johnson-Young & Janet Ashby 22-8 shots

In this match it was to be 9 ends of play before the West End duo could score a shot, for although they often had several bowls close, the Kettering Lodge duo were playing superb bowls, and in those 9 ends, the first 8 went to them for a lead of 13-1 shots. After 12 ends of play the lead for Sian and Audrey was substantial at 16-2 shots, but Paige and Janet still kept at it, and they were rewarded by winning the next 4 ends and posting 6 shots to much reduce their deficit to 8-16. Unfortunately for them, however, Sian and Audrey played some really good bowls over the next 3 ends to increase their lead to 22-8 with 2 ends left of the scheduled 21, and at that point Paige & Janet shook hands and conceded defeat.

2. Chloe Weston & Janet Swift, Abbey Park BC beat Linda Warren & Billie Swift, Abbey Park BC 18-16 shots

This was a very closely fought match, with Billie and Janet being granddaughter and grandmother respectively, and from the same Club. After 5 ends of play the younger Swift and Linda, had got themselves a decent 7-2 shots lead, but Chloe and Janet won the next 5 ends of play with some excellent bowls to take a 9-7 shots lead after 10 ends. Linda and Billie then put together 3 excellent ends of bowls to retake the lead at 12-9 after 13 ends, but that lead was removed over the next 5 ends as Chloe and Janet scored 7 shots to the 2 by their opponents, to take a 16-14 lead with 3 ends left to play.
It was no surprise that Linda and Billie squared the match at 16 shots each playing the last end, and in that last end after Linda had set up a good lie for Billie, Janet played a shot which moved the jack out for shot, and Billie was very unlucky to just miss the shot bowl, and the win was with her ‘nan’.

Well done to the winning Semi-Finalists – this not only puts them against each other in the County Final later this month, but it also means they will be representing the County at the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in August, 2018.

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QUARTER FINALS – held at Kettering Lodge BC on the morning of Sunday, 8th July, 2018. Results as follows:

1. Marlene Armitage, Sandra Lake, Marilyn Dunkley & Jan Hunt, Wellingborough BC beat Sheila Galloway, Marilyn Weston, Nancy Tebbutt & Margaret Cave 30-19 shots

The Thrapston ladies started the better and had got themselves a 9-4 shots lead after 7 ends, but Wellingborough removed their deficit to lead 10-9 after 10, and after dropping 3 shots on the 11th end, Jan and her ladies won the next 6 ends to take a 21-12 shots lead with 4 ends to play. The first of those provided a single shot for Thrapston, and then the last 3 ends produced 15 shots, with 6 of them in 1 end to Thrapston, but 9 in the other 2 ends to Wellingborough for an emphatic win.

2. Judy Jones, Marion Stephenson, Marion Humphries and Serena Santer, St Crispin BC beat Chris Johnson, Elaine Farley, Linda Simms & Audrey Height, Kettering Lodge BC 23-13 shots

This match was pretty even in the early rounds with St Crispin having a 4-3 advantage after 4 ends, and then Kettering Lodge taking the lead 8-4 after 7 ends, followed by Serena and her ladies pulling level 8 each after 2 more ends. The lead fluctuated between the 2 sets with St Crispin being 11-9 up, then the Lodge up 12-11, and after being tied on 12 each the Lodge took a 1 shot lead at 13-12 and there got stuck for the remainder of the match whilst Serena and her ladies posted 11 shots for a convincing victory in the end.

3. Jo Johns, Jan Randle, Pat Coles & Karon Kerr, Geddington & Newton BC beat Sue Collins, Lauraine Dermitt, Maureen McDonald & Pam Reynolds, Wellingborough BC 21-12 shots

This was another match which was close for most of its duration with the scores level on several occasions, including 4 each after 5 ends, and 10 each after 12 ends. At that point Karon and her ladies created a 15-10 shots lead, and after Pam and her ladies had reduced that lead by 2 shots on the 16th end, Geddington won the remaining 5 ends and added 6 shots in the process for a decent victory and a Semi-Final place.

4. Yvonne McKee, Sandra Mawson, Pat Bodily & Brenda Bishop, Kingsthorpe BC beat Linda Warren, Sue Lane, Joyce Porter & Janet Swift, Abbey Park BC 26-12 shots

The match was very even early on with it all square 4 shots each after 7 ends, and then the Abbey Park ladies added 6 shots without reply on the following 4 ends for a 10-4 lead, and although dropping 5 shots on the next 2 ends, at 15 ends played they still had a 12-9 lead. This is when the ‘wheel came off’ for Abbey Park as they dropped a count of 5, followed by a count of 6, and a 2, a 3 and a single, a total of 17 shots without reply and it was Brenda and her ladies who got the passage to the Semi-Finals.

SEMI-FINALS - Held at Kettering Lodge BC in the afternoon of Sunday, 8th July, 2018. Results as follows:

1. Marlene Armitage, Sandra Lake, Marilyn Dunkley & Jan Hunt, Wellingborough BC beat Jo Johns, Jan Randle, Pat Coles & Karon Kerr, Geddington & Newton BC 21-13 shots

This was a ‘nip and tuck’ match for the first 7 ends, with 6 singles and just one count of 2 being scored with the score level at 4 shots each, but then Geddington picked up a big count of 6 shots on the 8th end, followed by a single, to take a healthy 11-4 shots lead after 9 ends. This must have spurred Wellingborough to ‘up their game’ for this they did and the next 5 ends all went to Jan and her ladies for them to take the lead at 12-11, which Karon and her ladies squared on the next end. An exchange of singles saw the scores remain equal on 13 each, but then Wellingborough picked up a big count of 5 shots, with 3 ends left to play, and those ends also went to Wellingborough for an ultimately comfortable win.

2. Yvonne McKee, Sandra Mawson, Pat Bodily & Brenda Bishop, Kingsthorpe BC beat Judy Jones, Marion Stephenson, Marion Humphries & Serena Santer, St Crispin BC 22-6 shots

Kingsthorpe started this match much the better and after 4 ends of play had posted 5 shots without reply, and that gap remained for the next 6 ends as each team collected 3 singles to establish a lead for Brenda and her ladies of 8-3 shots. The next 5 ends saw each team collect 3 shots for an 11-6 lead for Kingsthorpe, and with a 4 end winning run, in whuich they picked up 11 shots, Serena and her ladies conceded after 19 ends played.

Well done to the winning Semi-Finalists – they will now contest the County Final on Monday, 16th July, 2018, at Kettering Lodge BC at 6.15 p.m.

FINAL – played at Kettering Lodge BC on Monday, 16th July, 2018.

Yvonne McKee, Sandra Mawson, Pat Bodily & Brenda Bishop, Kingsthorpe BC beat Marlene Armitage, Sandra Lake, Marilyn Dunkley & Jan Hunt, Wellingborough BC 24-10 shots

This match promised to be quite a tight one, and for most of its duration there was just a few shots between the two rinks. Wellingborough started the better and after 3 ends had got a decent 5-0 lead, but the next 3 ends were Kingsthorpe’s as they took the lead 6-5, picking up a 4 on the way, but Jan and her ladies retook the lead 7-6 with a couple of singles, and then Brenda collected 4 shots on the next 3 ends to lead 10-7 after 11 ends of play. 4 ends later the gap was still 3 shots in Kingsthorpe’s favour at 13-10, but Brenda’s rink then ‘took charge’ and collected 11 shots on the following 4 ends to be 24-10 with 2 ends left, and Jan and her rink conceded the title to Kingsthorpe.

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