Ladies open pairs semi-final places finalised

The semi-final places for the Weston Ladies’ Open Bowls Tournament Stoneleigh Pairs has been finalised.

WESSEX duo Pam Turner and Barbara Jones qualified for the semi-finals of the Stoneleigh Ladies’ Pairs during another wet stint at the Weston Ladies’ Open Bowls Tournament, sponsored by Optika.

In Saturday morning’s semis, they will play West Backwell duo Cynthia Burgess and Val Peckham. The other semi-final also features a local, St Andrews’s Judy Forse, who partners Pat Bax (Rugby), last year’s mixed pairs champion. Their opponents will be Debbie Bloxham and Sharon Keal from the Snitterfield club in Warwickshire.

Of the 23 teams who actually competed – one withdrew beforehand – only the West Backwell pair Cynthia Burgess and Val Peckham collected full points and some fancied teams failed to make the semi-finals.

They included: Clevedon’s Lynn Palmer/Teri Cuff; singles champion Maureen Edwards and her partner Barbara Mumford; and the 2012 winners Margaret Dyer/Sarah Lowman.

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The semi-final places were decided in favour of the four teams with the best records across the two round-robin groups, firstly on points won then on shot-difference. As it worked out, two teams qualified from each group.

A disappointment was that Bath’s Somerset Johns Trophy duo Joan Walmsley and Judith Staunton, who won both the games they played and had a walkover in the other, withdrew after the group stage because they were not available for Saturday’s semis.

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Tuesday’s Stoneleigh Ladies’ Pairs results: Section A: C Britton (GB Britton)/S Bailey (Arrow) 16, J Wilkinson/J McInally (Ashcombe) 17; S Lowman (Winscombe)/M Dyer (Clevedon Prom) 7, P Bax (Rugby)/J Forse (St Andrews) 16; B Williams/K Wilson (Victoria) 9, C Peart/A Fewings (Wessex) 14; L Palmer/T Cuff (Clevedon) 16, C Hooper/A Harris (Clarence) 10; J Drewer/J Butler (Barbourne) 10, P Turner/B Jones (Wessex) 11; C Willetts/M Hillman (Victoria) 11, P Hawkins/J Mannion (Clarence) 10.

V Jones (Clarence, sub for J Drewer)/J Butler 12, C Peart/A Fewings 13; C Willetts/M Hillman 7, C Hooper/A Harris 10; C Britton/S Bailey 6, P Turner/B Jones 19; S Lowman/M Dyer 12, P Hawkins/J Mannion 9; B Williams/K Wilson 18, J Wilkinson/J McInally 5; L Palmer/T Cuff 3, P Bax/J Forse 21.

L Palmer/T Cuff 10, P Turner/B Jones 8; V Jones/J Butler 11, P Hawkins/J Mannion 11; C Willetts/M Hillman 8, J Wilkinson/J McInally 12; C Britton/S Bailey 12, P Bax/J Forse 8; S Lowman/M Dyer 16, C Peart/A Fewings 4; B Williams/K Wilson 7, C Hooper/A Harris 13.

Section B: B Halligey/J Halligey (Pencoed) 10, C Burgess/V Peckham (West Backwell) 15; H Frye/R Cleeves (Victoria) 14, M Edwards (Thornfield)/B Mumford (Welford) 14; C Sage/S Newman (Victoria) 12, S Pocock/C Stevens (Victoria) 6; M Noddings (Clarence)/E Lewis (Redland Green) 12, J Staunton/J Walmsley (Bath) 13; A Powell/J Davis (Wessex) 9, M Hawkins/P Taylor (Wessex) 9; D Bloxham/S Keal (Snitterfield) 6, D Macklin/T Hilton (Long Ashton) 0 (walkover).

A Powell/J Davis 13, S Pocock/C Stevens 9; J Staunton/J Walmsley 6, D Macklin/T Hilton 0 (walkover); B Halligey/J Halligey 6, M Hawkins/P Taylor 15; H Frye/R Cleeves 12, D Bloxham/S Keal 10; C Sage/S Newman 5, C Burgess/V Peckham 14; M Noddings/E Lewis 6, M Edwards/B Mumford 18.

M Noddings/E Lewis 11, M Hawkins/P Taylor 9; A Powell/J Davis 5, D Bloxham/S Keal 20; C Burgess/V Peckham 6, D Macklin/T Hilton 0 (walkover); B Halligey/J Halligey 15, M Edwards/B Mumford 4; H Frye/R Cleeves 1, S Pocock/C Stevens 16; C Sage/S Newman 2, J Staunton/J Walmsley 18.

Draw for the semi-finals on Saturday morning: D Bloxham/S Keal v P Bax/J Forse; P Turner/B Jones v C Burgess/V Peckham.

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