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BOWLS: County ladies triumph in Trophy opener
WILTSHIRE Ladies made a brilliant start last Saturday to their 2012 campaign in the revamped Johns Trophy competition.
The national inter-county championship is no longer a straight knock-out competitition, but is now being played in a round robin group format initially to produce eight group winners.
Wiltshire made the perfect beginning to life in section A of the West Group as they hammered Somerset at home at Amesbury 124-94 and collected 20 points out of a possible 22.
They took the honours on five of the six rinks with Carol Grenfell’s foursome recording the biggest victory with a 14 shot success over over England international Steph Branfield.
There were also healthy wins for skips Marguerite Alexander and Wendy Anderson while Fizz Mace and Delia Godwin both won on the last end.
The only defeat was suffered by Alex Jacobs’ rink going down by five shots despite leading 14-10 at 15 ends.
However, across the board Wiltshire were ahead throughout leading 32-23 after five ends, 56-43 at ten and then pulling away to a big match winning 91-59 advantage after 15 ends.
Wiltshire now face Gloucestershire, who beat Warwickshire 119-112 (16-6), in their next match at Redland BC, Bristol on Saturday, June 16.
Their final group game is away to Warwickshire on June 30.
Rink 1: Sue Dix, Jean Collier (both Box), Nancy Oliver (Salisbury) and Marguerite Alexander (Devizes) beat Margaret Dyer 22-11.
Rink 2: Ann Hindley (Wilton), June Corbett (Town Gardens), Kim Smith (S Moulton) and Fizz Mace (North Wilts) beat Joan Walmsley 19-18.
Rink 3: Alison Fail (Purton), Margaret Annetts (Salisbury), Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs (both Box) lost to Jill Young 15-20.
Rink 4: Margaret Webber (Alderbury), Debbie Shadwell (Spencer Moulton), Josie Lloyd (Westlecot) and Wendy Anderson (Stratton Churchway) beat Kirsty Hembrow 22-14.
Rink 5: Rose Ellis, Janice Bull (both Amesbury), Linda Kingston (Highworth) and Carol Grenfell (Box) beat Steph Branfield 27-13.
Rink 6: Chris Mitchell (Purton), Sue Burgess (War), Marcia Cottle, Delia Godwin (Spencer Melksham) beat Mo Monkton 19-18.
Score: Wiltshire beat Somerset 124-94 and by 20pts to 2.
THE COUNTY ladies National Two Wood Championships produced some surprising scores in the quarter and semi-finals staged at Spencer Melksham on Friday evening.
Despite five players from this area competing in the last eight none of them were able to reach the county final and book a place at Royal Leamington Spa at the end of July in the National Ladies finals at the end of July.
That honour went to Purton’s Alison Fail, a regular in the Wiltshire Johns Trophy squad, and fellow Swindon player Linda Perfitt, from the Westlecot club.
In the bottom half of the quarter-final draw Fail thumped Sue Dix (Box) by 11 shots, while Fizz Mace (North Wilts) comfortably beat fellow county player and 2010 four wood singles champion Sue Cooke (Box) 17-9.
In the semi-final, the impressive Fail was in devastating form as she demolished Mace whitewashing her 19-0 - the first time the North Wilts bowler had suffered such a fate.
In the top half of the draw, Devizes' Rosemary Keen recorded a five-shot win over Bradford’s Rosie Boxall.
In the other quarter-final, Westlecot’s Perfitt edged home 15-12 over Ellen Bolland in the all-Swindon clash and in the semi-finals Perfitt maintained her form to progress to the last two with a commanding 16-8 victory over Keen.
Fail and Perfitt will meet in the county national two wood final in Swindon at Town Gardens on July 21, but more importantly will have the honour of representing Wiltshire at Leamington in this event at the end of July.
Quarter-finals: Rosie Boxall (Bradford-on-Avon) 12 Rosemary Keen (Devizes) 17; Linda Perfitt (Westlecot) 15 Ellen Bolland (Stratton Churchway) 12; Sue Dix (Box) 6 Alison Fail (Purton) 17; Fizz Mace (North Wilts) 17 Sue Cooke (Box) 9.
Semi-finals: Rosemary Keen 8 Linda Perfitt 16; Alison Fail 19 Fizz Mace 0.
VICTORS over Cornwall 47-22 in the preliminary round of the Walker Cup, inter-county championship, Wiltshire Ladies selectors have opted to play their home tie in the next round at Box..
They will meet Somerset in the first round on Sunday, June 24.
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