Pairs championship success for Saints' duo

PUBLISHED: 09:26 06 January 2017

St Andrews pair Andrew Owens and Barrie Forse won the Dolphin Double Threes Pairs Championship, at Poole.

The St Andrews duo of Andrew Owens and Barrie Forse played brilliantly to win the Dolphin Double Threes Pairs Championship, part of the Potters Resort Open Singles Circuit, at Poole just before Christmas.

Their victims on the way to triumph in the final included former ladies’ world indoor singles champion Katherine Rednall. Owens and Forse won £275 plus a two-night stay for two for each of them in a Bournemouth hotel.

Forse and his tried and trusted St Andrews partner Ken Uglow have also reached the inter-zone final of the EIBA national over-60 pairs championship.

They got through by winning 19-11 at home against a good Bristol pair, which included former Test cricket umpire David Constant. Next, they will play the winners of the Gloucestershire zone.

However, Forse and Uglow, partnered by clubmates Lee Stocker and Andrew Owens, suffered disappointment in the zone final of the national fours, losing by one shot away to a Bristol team.

The strong Clevedon club have proved something of a nemesis in recent days for the national ambitions of players from St Andrews.

Forse and Uglow lost 22-12 away to Mark Woods and Nick Pearce at Clevedon in the zone final of the men’s pairs, while the same Clevedon duo, partnered by ex-England player Pip Branfield, proved too strong for Saints’ Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker in the men’s triples, winning 18-11.

Saints’ ladies fared no better. Judy Forse, Sue Sinclair and Ann Campbell went down 23-12 at home to a Clevedon trio skipped by Lynn Palmer. Then Forse battled well before losing to Clevedon’s current international Stef Branfield 21-10 in the singles.

Malcolm Dorrington won the Premier 3s Singles at St Andrews just after Christmas. In the final of the three-ends, three-woods two-set competition, he beat Andy McMillan with the last bowl of a one-end shoot-out after they had tied 1-1 on sets.

Fifteen-year-olds Imogen Cracknell and Sam Stocker both lost shoot-outs in the semi-finals, against Dorrington and McMillan respectively. The event was well organised by Saints’ indoor secretary Ken Uglow.

In the St Andrews indoor leagues, champions Goodwoods and challengers Odds On both lost their 100 per cent records in the final Friday night fixtures before Christmas. Odds On top of the table by virtue of having played a game more.

Other league leaders at the halfway stage of the season: Monday morning: Crows; Monday evening: Congas; Tuesday afternoon: Jays; Tuesday evening: Congas; Wednesday morning: Collies; Wednesday evening: Antelopes; Thursday afternoon: Snowdrops; Thursday evening: Anacondas.

At a recent coffee morning at Woodspring Indoor Bowls Club, more than £70 was raised for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

The guess the balls competition was won by president Tony Williams, with runner-up Ann Francombe.

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