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BOWLS: Box aim for the Top
BOX Ladies are through to the latter stages in the Women’s National Top Club Championship.
They have a fine record in this competition when it was held at Torquay finishing fifth in 2008 and third in both 2010 and 2011.
However, this year the final stages (last eight) of the Top Club competition will be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on the weekend of September 15-16.
Box qualified for the quarter-finals again and last eight at Leamington with a powerful performance last Wednesday in their re-arranged second round inter-county play-off match against Dorset on the neutral green at Sherborne.
They beat Poole Park 3-1 on disciplines - winning in the singles, triples and fours - and 82-69 on shots to book their place in the last eight at Leamington.
Singles: Janet Hardie beat Julia Eatwell 21-17.
Pairs: Karen Funnell & Alex Jacobs lost to Anne Walford & Penny Cresswell 17-24.
Triples: Judy Selbie, Jean Collier & Sue Cooke beat Rosemary Spetch (skip) 21-16.
Fours: Molly Manning, Carol Hudd, Sue Dix & Carol Grenfell beat Sandie Smith (skip) 23-12.
Score: Box beat Poole Park 3-1 and 82-69 on shots.
Quarter-finals at Leamington (Sept 15 2.30pm): Box (Wilts) v Wigton (Cumbria); March Town (Cambs) v Didcot (Berks); Croydon (Surrey) v Broadway (Worcs); Forest Oaks Ladies (Notts) v Wellingborough (Northants). The semi-finals and final will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 9.30am.
THE county men’s National Championship finals and Bowls Wiltshire men's, women and mixed competitions finals will be staged over two days this weekend at Devizes.
In the six men’s national championship finals Chippenham Town’s Billy McCay will seek to beat holder Mel Biggs (Westlecot) in the singles, while teammates Dave Godwin and Paul Macdonald will be looking to dethrone Biggs and his partner Mike Jackson in the pairs.
Alex Wickham (Chippenham T) competes in his first individual final but has a tough match as he faces holder Tom Walkley (Wootton Bassett) in the U25 singles final.
Wootton Bassett also feature in the triples final as the team of Chris Cheesley, Neil Smith and Gary Morphet play Mike Jackson’s Westlecot trio.
The other two men’s championship finals are Spencer Moulton versus Westlecot affairs.
In the fours Graham Shadwell’s rink meet Mel Biggs’ foursome while Russell Francis plays Graham Hatherall in the two wood singles final.
In the ladies competitions Bev Liiley (Devizes), Joanna Richman (Bassett) and Marcia Hartley (Spencer Moulton) compete in the ladies unbadged semi-finals.
Devizes face North Wilts in the benevolent triples final while Box defended their Ladies Top Ten crown against Chippenham Town.
In the men’s competition finals Rob Chalmers (Chippenham T) plays Gary Jackson (Westlecot) in the unbadged singles, Wootton Bassett face Malmesbury in the O60s triples while Gary Morphet (WB) meets Keith Bailey (Holt) in the champion of champions final.
Chippenham Town meet holders Spencer Moulton in the men’s Tourist Trophy final. Area C supply the two finalists in the men’s Four Rink League showdown as Holt clash with Spencer Moulton.
The Bradford-on-Avon club also feature in the final of the Mixed Double Rinks as they take on Avon.
The Avon club also feature in the mixed club officers triples final against Holt.
WILTSHIRE Ladies have won the 2012 South West Counties League with an unbeaten performance.
They won all of their six matches clinching the title with a 133-125 victory over Dorset and taking 16 points out of a possible 22.
It was touch and go whether their last league match at Gillingham (Dorset) would go ahead owing to a very wet green but it did with Wiltshire winning on two rinks, drawing on two and losing on two.
However, the two big wins by Delia Godwin and Janet Willis’ rinks compensated for the two losses to seal the aggregate shots win.
Wiltshire finished their SWCL campaign on 103 points with Somerset in second on 82 while Dorset took third spot with 70 points.
Rink 1: Fizz Mace lost 12-27; Rink 2: Delia Godwin won 25-9; Rink 3: Janet Willis won 30-9; Rink 4: Alex Jacobs drew 25-25; Rink 5: Wendy Anderson lost 19-33; Rink 6: Marguerite Alexandra drew 22-22.
Score: Wiltshire beat Dorset 133-125 and by 16pts to 6.
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