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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 – played at Kettering Lodge BC on Sunday, 7th July, 2019

1. Marlene Armitage, Sandra Lake, Marilyn Dunkley & Jan Hunt, Wellingborough BC beat Nicky Hardy, Celia Morris, Di Brumwell & Hilary Sharpe 15-14 shots

This was a very closely contested match for the first third, with the cores level at 4 shots each after 6 ends, but things changed thereafter in the second third, for after picking up a count of 3 on the 7th end, the Wellingborough rink was kept on 7 for 6 ends whilst Kingsthorpe collected 9 shots for a 13-7 lead. A good pick up of 4 on the next end, followed by a single, gave Jan and her ladies a boost to be just 1 shot in arrears, and after dropping a single to Hilary & her ladies on the 16th end, they won the last 2 ends for the narrowest of wins

2. Jenny Dempsey, Simone Evans, Viv Gaudyn & Rose Houghton, Higham Ferrers Town BC beat Sandra Mawson, Pat Bodily, Yvonne McKee & Sharon Tansley, Kingsthorpe BC 18-6 shots

The score in this match was 2 each after 4 ends, but then the Higham rink won the next 3 ends for an 8-2 lead, and then after dropping a double on the 8th end, they won the next two ends with doubles for a lead of 12-4 with 8 ends to play of the scheduled 18. Kingsthorpe collected a double on the next end, but they could score no more as Rose & her ladies collected 6 shots for a 12 shots lead and at that point Sharon and her ladies shook hands and conceded the match.

3. Catherine Gray, Chris Cooper, Maggie Lewis & Tina Broderick, Burton Latimer Town BC beat Shirley Salado, Linda Clasby, Elaine Munton & Wen Hill, Northampton Whyte Melville BC 19-10 shots

After conceding 2 shots on the first end, the Burton Latimer rink won the next 3 ends with doubles on each for a lead at 6-2, and after dropping another double on the next end they won 3 more in succession to increase their lead to 10-4. The next 6 ends went much more in Whyte Melville’s favour as they scored 5 shots to 2 conceded, to reduce their deficit to just 3 at 9-12 down, but a big 4 to Tina & her ladies on the 15th end reinstated their lead and after dropping a single on the 16th end, they were able to win the last 2 ends for a decent victory.

4. Linda Simms, Sue Briggs, Pat Starsmore & Audrey Height, Kettering Lodge BC beat Margaret Fairs, Annette Norris, Eleanor Winters & Wilma Walker, Corby Forest BC 23-10 shots

In this contest Kettering Lodge started very well and after 5 ends were 6-1 up, but Corby Forest picked up a 3 on the 6th end, dropped a 2 on the 7th, and collected another 3 on the 8th end to be just 1 shot adrift at 7-8, but after 10 ends Kettering Lodge had collected 5 more shots for a decent 13-7 lead, and after dropping a single on the 11th, they won the next 5 ends and added 10 shots for a 23-8 lead with 2 ends only left to play. Wilma & her ladies collected a single on the 17th end, and although there was just 1 end left to play and they were 14 shots adrift, that 18th end was played with another single to Corby Forest.

SEMI-FINALS – played at Kettering Lodge BC on Sunday, 7th July, 2019.

1. Linda Simms, Sue Briggs, Pat Starsmore & Audrey Height, Kettering Lodge BC beat Catherine Gray, Chris Cooper, Maggie Lewis & Tina Broderick, Burton Latimer Town BC 23-9 shots

The Burton Latimer rink started well in collecting a 3 on the first end, but then Kettering Lodge got going well, and in winning the next 6 ends, posted a 9-3 lead, and 4 ends later Tina & her ladies had reduced their deficit to just 3 shots at 7-10 down. Audrey & her ladies won the next 3 ends, and added 7 shots to their total, including a count of 4, for a 17-7 lead, and after Tina and ladies picked up a double on the 15th end, Audrey’s rink won the next 2 ends with a double and another 4, for a 23-9 lead and the victory was theirs.

2. Jenny Dempsey, Simone Evans, Viv Gaudyn & Rose Houghton, Higham Ferrers Town BC beat Marlene Armitage, Sandra Lake, Marilyn Dunkley & Jan Hunt 17-3 shots

In this match the scoring was very low indeed with just singles being scored on the first 8 ends, but it was Higham that won the most ends with a 7-1 lead at this stage. The next 4 ends all went the way of Rose and her ladies as they added 10 shots to their score, including a big pick up of 5 on the 12th end, to be leading 17-1 with 6 ends to play. Jan & her ladies picked up a double on the 13th end, but then conceded the match to Higham Ferrers.

Well done to the Semi-Final winners, they will now contest the County Final later this month, with the prize for the winners a qualification to represent the County at the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa next month.

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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