Rain continues to fall at Weston tournament

Portishead RBL bowls (blue) v Watchet.

Portishead RBL bowls (blue) v Watchet. - Credit: Archant

Rain continued to fall on the second day of the Weston Ladies’ Open Bowls Tournament.

RAIN continued to bedevil the Weston Ladies’ Open Bowls Tournament, sponsored by Optika, on its second day, Monday.

With two competitors from Bath pulling out, the singles competition had to be redrawn, but there was some excellent bowls despite rain which fell through the six rounds of group matches. Games were decided by the first player to reach 15 shots.

Clevedon’s Johns Trophy player Lynn Palmer, who had forgotten to enter but came in as first reserve was particularly impressive in Section A, winning all her matches by comfortable margins to reach Friday’s quarter-finals.

In the same section, Ashcombe’s Joan McInally also had a 100 per cent record, while Ann Fewings (Wessex Ladies) and reigning mixed pairs champion Pat Bax also went through, despite both having lost once.

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Maureen Edwards (Thornfield, Rugby), singles champion for the last two years, won all her matches in Section B, including beating Clevedon Prom’s redoubtable Margaret Dyer, who has been playing in the tournament for 40 years.

Consolation for Dyer was that she reached the last eight. Two 100 per centers in Section B were Joan Butler, from Worcester’s Barbourne club and local Ros Cleeves (Victoria), a member of the team who had won the Sunday Triples the previous day.

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Monday’s singles results - Section A: C Britton (GB Britton) 8, B Halligey (Pencoed) 15; J McInally (Ashcombe) 15, P Bax (Rugby) 13; A Fewings (Wessex) 15, C Hooper (Clarence) 5; J Halligey (Pencoed) 7, J Drewer (Barbourne) 15; L Palmer (Clevedon) 15, P Taylor (Wessex) 4.

J Halligey 15, C Hooper 10; L Palmer 15, J Drewer 2; C Britton 15, P Taylor 6; J McInally 15, B Halligey 5; A Fewings 6, P Bax 15; A Fewings 15, J Drewer 10; J Halligey 8, P Taylor 15; L Palmer 15, B Halligey 7; C Britton 4, P Bax 15; J McInally 15, C Hooper 8.

Qualifiers for the quarter-finals: J McInally, P Bax, A Fewings, L Palmer.

Section B: S Bailey (Arrow) 3, M Dyer (Clevedon Prom) 15; M Edwards (Thornfield) 15, C Peart (Wessex) 6; J Butler (Barbourne) 15, M Hawkins (Wessex) 5; R Cleeves (Victoria) 15, D Macklin (Long Ashton) 6; P Hawkins (Clarence) 13, I Hicks (Wessex) 5.

R Cleeves 15, M Hawkins 13; P Hawkins 15, D Macklin 12; S Bailey 6, I Hicks 1 (conceded); M Edwards 15, M Dyer 9; J Butler 15, C Peart 7. J Butler 15, D Macklin 5; R Cleeves 5, I Hicks 0 (walkover); P Hawkins 6, M Dyer 15; S Bailey 9, C Peart 15; M Edwards 15, M Hawkins 8.

Qualifiers for the quarter-finals: M Dyer, M Edwards, J Butler, R Cleeves.

Draw for the quarter-finals (Friday, 3pm) – Bax v Fewings, Edwards v Cleeves, Dyer v McInally, Butler v Palmer.

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