THE FIRST Wiltshire players to qualify for the 2014 Ladies National Championships to be staged at Royal Leamington Spa in early August will be known this weekend.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the county ladies national fours will be held at Amesbury on Saturday (10.30am) with the last two quartets left standing automatically qualifying to represent Wiltshire at the Leamington championships.

Forty-two combinations entered the Wiltshire fours championship event this year and on Monday evening four quartets from both the north and south sections of the county battled their way successfully through the third round to reach the last eight at Amesbury at the weekend.

They were (south) Joan Coleman (Amesbury), Sandra Bartlett (Winsley), Marcia Hartley (Avon) and Maureen Woolley (Alderbury) and (north) Pat Edmonds (Wootton Bassett), Alison Fail (Purton), Linda Kingston (Highworth) and Carol Woodbridge (Wanborough).

Rinks skipped by Coleman, Woolley, Edmonds and Fail all reached the last eight last year with Coleman going on to clinch the fours title.

This time around Marcia Hartley will looking to seal a place in the final and a place at Leamington to cap her switch to Avon having played for Spencer Moulton for the last few seasons. .


Quarter-finals (10.30am): Dol Hagger, Linda Clarke, Jean Crepaz & Carol Woodbridge (Wanborough) v Chris Mitchell, Sue Crouch, Julie Jones & Alison Fail (Purton); Ginny Nash, Sue Reeve, Barbara Twine & Pat Edmonds (Wootton Bassett) v Jean Buckland, Tessa Gallagher, Marian Lockey & Marcia Hartley (Avon); Gill Chandler (Patricia Legge), Nina Bevan, Janet Hoskins & Sandra Bartlett (Winsley) v Linda Kingston (Highworth); Maureen Woolley (Alderbury) v Joan Coleman (Amesbury).