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Women's Comp Results P 2

TRIPLES (continued)

SEMI-FINALS – Both played at Wellingborough BC in the afternoon of Saturday, 27th May, 2017.

1. Sue Edwards, Denise Carlin & Margaret McGillivray, Desborough Town BC beat Hazel Wood, Trish Basford & Linda Tomlinson, Geddington & Newton BC 21-17 shots.
The first half of this match saw Margaret’s triple storming away, and in 8 ends played they lost only 1 of them as they charged to a 15-3 shots lead, and it was looking odds on for an early finish to the match. The Geddington & Newton ladies, however, had other ideas, and as they ‘upped’ their game, they scored 10 shots over the next 5 ends without reply and closed the gap to just 2 shots at 13-15.

Margaret’s Desborough triple ‘steadied the ship’ in picking up 4 shots over the next 2 ends to have a 6 shots lead with 3 ends left to play, but Linda’s Geddington ladies put pressure back on the Desborough ladies when they picked up 4 shots on the next 2 ends to be in deficit by just 2 shots playing the last end. That last end saw Desborough holding 2 shots due to some very good draw bowling by Sue and Denise, which left Linda a difficult task to get shots herself, and although going close she just failed and those 2 shots went to Desborough.

2. Margaret Watts, Katie Smith & Rebecca Wigfield, Desborough Town BC beat Taylor David, Ann-Marie Waters & Michelle Harris, Roade BC 19-9 shots
In this match I think it is fair to say that the 2016 County Champions raised their game, and as the Roade ladies were delivering some excellent bowls, they needed to. Desborough scored first with a single, and Roade scored next with a double to hold a small lead for the only time in the match, for on picking up 3 shots on the 3rd end of play the Desborough ladies got a lead which they kept for the rest of the match. After 6 ends of play the lead was 9-3 and 3 ends later it was 11-4, but the Roade players, skipped by the vastly experienced former Junior International Michelle Harris (formerly Tansley) won the next 3 ends to close the gap to just 3 shots at 8-11 down.

From that point on, however, all the Desborough players delivered some excellent bowls to score 8 shots without reply giving them a 19-8 score with 2 ends to go. 11 shots to keep their hopes alive was always going to be virtually impossible, given how the Desborough ladies were then playing, and that proved to be the case, for, as the 17th end was being played, Desborough had bowls in positions which made a big score for Roade an impossibility.

It is therefore congratulations to the 2 Desborough Triples who will contest the County Final in July, and who have cemented their qualification for the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa, with one of them having a Preliminary match against Buckinghamshire at 2.0 p.m. on Sunday, 13th August, 2017 and the other a 1st Round match against Hampshire at 9.30 a.m. on Monday, 14th August, 2017.

PAIRS

QUARTER FINALS – played in the morning of Sunday, 11th June, 2017-05-29

1. Alison Dring & Sharon Hall, Burton Latimer Town BC beat Yvonne McKee & Brenda Bishop, Kingsthorpe BC 20-13 shots
This match was fairly close in the early stages with firstly Kingsthorpe having a small lead, and then BurtonLatimer taking over the lead at 4-2 after 3 ends, and after 7 ends of play there was just 1 shot between the two pairs. Alison and Sharon then collected two counts of 3 which put them in the driving seat at 12-5, but Yvonne & Brenda pulled back their deficit to just 4 shots with 8 ends left to play. From that point on, however, the Burton pair won 5 of those ends remaining, and collected 7 shots to the 4 of their opponents, for the Semi-Final reward to come.

2. Louise Harrington & Jackie Harrington, Brackley & District BC beat Heather Golding and Elizabeth Fairbairn, Swanspool BC 29-9 shots
This was a match which, after a very good start by the Harrington mother and daughter duo in picking up 6 shots to 1 conceded in the first 5 ends, saw Elizabeth & Heather fight back by winning the next 4 ends without reply and taking a 1 shot lead at 7-6. From that point on, hoever, Louise & Jackie really took control after collecting a big score of 5 shots on the next end, and then scoring freely, and allowing their opponents just 2 more single shot winning ends, and the Brackley pair eased into the Semi-Finals.

3. Celia Morris & Hilary Sharpe, Kingsthorpe BC beat Trish Basford & Linda Tomlinson, Geddington & Newton BC 22-21 shots.
This was a very interesting match because the Geddington duo scored first, and after 5 ends of play had a 5-3 shots lead, and although Celia and Hilary won the next 2 ends to ease in front by 1 shot, from that point on Trish and Linda were in control for the next 10 ends, scoring 16 shots to 5 conceded, and it was looking good for Geddington with 4 ends left to play, and a 21-12 shots lead. However, bowls is never as predictable as that, and on the 18th end the Kingsthorpe pair collected an enormous count of 7 shots to bring themselves just 2 behind with 3 ends to play, and those three ends all went to Kingsthorpe in single counts for a remarkable recovery for a passage to the Semi-Finals.

4. Rebecca Wigfield & Katie Smith, Desborough Town BC beat Lisbeth Milburn & Debbie Cadd, Abington BC 27-14 shots
The 2016 Champions from Desborough Town scored first with a pair, and after conceding a single on the 2nd end went on a run of 4 ends without reply and picked up 10 shots, including a big count of 5 shots on the 5th end, to lead 12-1 shots. Lisbeth & Debbie are very competitive, however, and in picking up 7 shots on the next 3 ends, including a count of 4, they narrowed the gap to just 4 shots 9 ends of play, and 3 ends later the deficit was down to 3 shots at 11-14 for them. Rebecca & Katie showed their class on the next 7 ends in picking up 13 shots in winning 5 of them and allowing their opponents to increase their score by just 3 shots, to give them a passsge to the Semi-Finals, and on target to retain their title.

SEMI-FINALS – played in the afternoon of Sunday, 11th June, 2017

1. Alison Dring & Sharon Hall, Burton Latimer Town BC beat Celia Morris & Hilary Sharpe, Kingsthorpe BC 23-19 shots
This was quite a ‘topsy turvy’ match, with first Kingsthorpe getting on top from the beginning to lead 7-1 shots after 4 ends, and then Alison & Sharon striking back to tie up the scores after 9 ends at 9 shots each, and with 3 good scoring ends for Alison & Sharon to follow giving them 7 shots they took the lead for the first time at 16-9. 4 ends later and Celia and Hilary had the lead again in picking up 9 shots without reply, including a big count of 5 on the 13th end, so, with just 5 ends left there was just 2 shots between the pairs, and anyone’s game. With 2 ends left the gap was just 1 shot in Kingsthorpe’s favour at 19-18 shots, but when Alison & Sharon picked up a very well bowled 5 shots on the 20th end, the Kingsthorpe ladies shook hands and conceded, for the Burton Latimer ladies to win a place at the National Championships.

2. Rebecca Wigfield & Katie Smith, Desborough Town BC beat Louise Harrington & Jackie Harrington, Brackley & District BC 23-12 shots.
The 2016 Champions indicated their intent on the first end with a massive collection of 6 shots, and although Louise & Jackie pulled 4 of them back on the next 2 ends, the Desborough pair were forever in front, with the score 14-6 in their favour after 9 ends of play. The mother & daughter duo reduced their deficit with some excellent bowls, and after 13 ends of play they were just 4 shots adrift at 11-15, but with Rebecca & Katie playing exceptionally well, they took the next 4 ends and increased their lead to 11 shots at 22-11 with 4 ends left to play. Brackley collected 1 shot on the next end, but when Desborough won the next end, albeit by just 1 shot, the gap was 11 shots with 2 ends only left, and this was asking too much so Louise & Jackie conceded for Rebecca & Katie to win their place at the National Championships.

The winning Semi-Finalists will now contest the County Final on the 29th/30th July, 2017, at Wellingborough BC, and both will be at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, for the National Championships, with one of them playing an Early First Round at 2.0 p.m. on Wednesday, 16th August, 2017, against a Devon qualifying pair, and the other a First Round at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, 17th August, 2017, against a Middlesex qualifying pair.

TWO WOOD SINGLES

The Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals were held on Sunday, 2nd July, 2017, at Northampton Express BC, with the following results:

Quarter Finals:

1. Rebecca Wigfield, Desborough Town BC beat Janet Ashby, Northampton West End BC 13-9 shots
A match in which Rebecca was in front from the start and by the 12th end she was 9-3 in the lead, but at this point Janet started to take shots from her opponent, and with 18 ends played she was just 2 shots behind at 9-11. Rebecca, however, collected 2 singles to take the match with 20 of the 21 ends played.

2. Jill Welch, Heyford BC beat Velda Cooper, Irchester BC 18-12 shots
After 3 ends of play the scores were level, but the next 3 ends went to Jill and she took a 5 shots lead, and that 5 shots was still her lead after 10 ends. The remaining ends played were pretty even, but Jill finally won when she collected 2 shots on the 19th end.

3. Pat Bodily, Kingsthorpe BC beat Katie Smith, Desborough Town BC 17-12 shots
This was a very close match for much of its duration, with the scores level after 4 ends, and again after 11 ends with the scores then 8 shots each, but Pat took a 2 shots lead at 10-8, which Katie reduced to just 1 shot, and then on the next end, on picking up 2 shots herself, went in front of Pat for the first and only time with 15 ends played. Pat immediately struck back in picking up 5 shots on the next 3 ends, and although Katie collected 1 shot on the next, when Pat posted 2 shots on the 20th end the match was over.

4. Sandra Mawson, Kingsthorpe BC beat Margaret Watts, Desborough Town BC 14-9 shots
Margaret scored first, but after 6 ends of play the scores were level on 3 shots each, and then over the next 7 ends of play the lead changed hands no less than 4 times, with Margaret holding a 1 shot lead at 8-7 after 13 ends, and she added another shot to her total on the next end but that was to be the last she would score as Sandra ‘took over’ the scoring, picking up 7 shots to win after 19 ends of play.

Semi-Finals:

1. Jill Welch, Heyford BC beat Rebecca Wigfield, Desborough Town BC 16-8 shots
Rebecca was on the back foot for the first 5 ends of play as Jill, playing superbly well, collected 8 shots to none conceded, until Rebecca collected 3 shots herself to reduce the deficit. Both players were really drawing well to the jack, but it was Jill who kept the pressure on at 12-5 up after 11 ends, and a series of 1 shot exchanges 4-3 in Jill’s favour over the next 7 ends saw her win with 3 ends to spare.

2. Pat Bodily, Kingsthorpe BC beat Sandra Mawson, Kingsthorpe BC 15-12 shots
This turned out to be a very close affair, with Pat firstly stamping her authority on the match in compiling a 6-2 shots lead after 5 ends, but Sandra then took the next 5 ends in single shots to take over the lead at 7-6, but her lead was short-lived for Pat struck back with a collection of 6 shots on the next 4 ends to open up a 5 shots gap. That gap was reduced to just 2 after 18 ends, but, with a 2 shots pick up on the 19th end, Pat obliged her opponent to have to collect maximum counts on the last 2 ends, and in the event Sandra could pick up just 1 shot on the 20th end which was insufficient to keep the match alive.

Well done to Jill and Pat in qualifying for the County Final later in the month, and for making it to the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in August, when one of them will play a Preliminary Round at 2.0 p.m. on Tuesday, 15th against an Isle of Wight qualifier, and the other a 1st Round match at 3.30 p.m. on the same day, against a Middlesex qualifier.

BENEVOLENT TRIPLES

All rounds of the 2017 competition, apart from the County Final, were held at Northampton Whyte Melville BC from Monday, 26th to Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, with the following being the results of the Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals:

Quarter Finals:

1. Sue Collins, Sylvia Downer & Maureen McDonald, Wellingborough BC beat Janet Marshall, Jill Nutt & Jeanette Humphreys, Geddington & Newton BC 20-10 shots
2. Helen McAdams, Chris Cooper & Heather Lack, Burton Latimer Town BC beat Pat Gayton, Jan Hunt & Alison Dring 15-14 shots (after an extra end)
3. Linda Warren, Janet Warr & Joyce Porter, Abbey Park BC beat Linda McCabe, Wilma Walker & Liz Keeney, Corby Forest/Corby Seagrave House BC’s 19-8 shots
4. Marlene Armitage, Linda Walsh & Marilyn Dunkley, Wellingborough BC beat Hazel Wood, Trish Basford & Linda Tomlinson, Geddington & Newton BC 16-14 shots (after an extra end)

Semi-Finals:

1. Marlene Armitage, Linda Walsh & Marilyn Dunkley, Wellingborough BC beat Linda Warren Janet Warr & Joyce Porter, Abbey Park BC 14-13 shots (after an extra end)
2. Sue Collins, Sylvia Downer & Maureen McDonald, Wellingborough BC beat Helen McAdams, Chris Cooper & Heather Lack, Burton Latimer Town BC 17-7 shots

The two winning Triples will now play each other at the County Women’s Finals on the weekend of the 29th/30th July, 2017, at Wellingborough BC

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