Stef knocks out her clubmate

Clevedon player Stef Branfield beat her clubmate Lynn Marshall on day two of the Weston Ladies Open Bowling Tournament.

CLEVEDON player Stef Branfield, who was competing at the ladies’ nationals in Leamington Spa last week, beat her pairs partner and clubmate Laura Holden to reach the third round of the singles on day two of the Weston Ladies Open Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Optika.

Her opponent in Wednesday’s third round will be Clevedon Prom’s ex-England player Margaret Dyer, who has won the tournament singles three times. Also looking strong is Kay Gent, of the Caerglow club, Gloucester, whose next opponent is another former singles champion, Jackie Ware, of St Andrews, Weston.

Flying the flag for the host clubs in the third round are the Wessex duo Elizabeth Williams and club secretary Joan Davis, who both had comfortable victories.

In the first round of the mixed pairs, Torquay’s Malcolm Dare, singles runner-up in the men’s tournament this year, teamed up with Wessex’s Audrey Powell to beat the two captains of the respective Clarence clubs Ian and Margaret Baker.


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Two “scratch” combinations featuring Clarence players got through the first round. Barrie Underwood helped M Sewell (Pencoed) win by six shots, while second-year bowler Rod Dodson went through by four with B Mumford (Welford) against the vastly experienced duo of Joan Davis and tournament registrar Paul Tubb (Clarence).

Day two results included - singles, round one: C Venn (St Andrews) 10, K Gent (Caerglow) 21; C Willetts (Victoria) 9, A Mitchell (Henleaze) 21; M Sewell (Pencoed) 6, V Ford (Bristol Arrow) 21; J Ware (St Andrews) 21, C Van Noorden (Maidenhead) 11; M Williams (Wessex) 21, M Hawkins (Clarence) 7; S Godfrey (Kings Heath) 14, M Edwards (Thornfield) 21; B Brown (Bristol Arrow) 21, J Halligey (Pencoed) 17; C Edlin (Clarence) 14, J Lamb (St Dunstans) 21; G Fry (Gloucester Spa) 21, L Houghton (Leamington Spa) 19; H Panting (St Dunstans) 10, P Gunn (Caerglow) 21; S Bailey (Bristol Arrow) 19, A Cox (Kings Heath) 21.

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Round two – K Gent 21, A Mitchell 9; V Ford 9, J Ware 21; M Edwards 21, M Williams 15; J Lamb 21, B Brown 15; P Gunn 10, G Fry 21; A Cox 21, J Nash (Gloucester Spa) 13; B Halligey (Pencoed) 7, D Darknell (Monmouth) 21; J Butler (Barbourne) 14, E Williams (Wessex) 23; M Waite (Clarence) 3, A White (Bristol Arrow) 22; J McMillan (Wessex) 14, D Macklin (Long Ashton) 21; P Marsh (Bristol Arrow) 19, W Evans (Monmouth) 21; J Davis (Wessex) 21, J Kemsley (Churchdown) 10; S Bird (Clevedon), bye; Pat Hawkins (Monmouth) 6, E Hunter (GB Britton) 21; E Lewis (Redland Green) 17, M Dyer (Clevedon Prom) 21; L Palmer (Clevedon) 12, S Branfield (Clevedon) 21.

Mixed pairs, round one: M Edwards (Thornfield)/A McMillan (Clarence) 16, B Halligey (Pencoed)/D Stott (Clarence) 20; C Smith (Pontypridd)/D Smith (Ynysangharad Pk) 13, J Butler/M Butler (Barbourne) 22; M Baker/I Baker (Clarence) 8, A Powell (Wessex)/M Dare (Torquay) 29; P Gunn (Caerglow)/R Gunn (Gloucester Co-op) 29, P Burrough/R Burrough (Clarence) 17; A Ward (Wessex)/T Ward (Clarence 16, G Fry/R Fry (Gloucester Spa) 18; E Williams (Wessex)/D Williams (Victoria) 20, E Lewis (Redland Green)/D Towie (Clarence) 8; J Kemsley/J Shipway (Churchdown) 6, Pat Hawkins/C Hawkins (Monmouth) 20; J Forse/A Ware (St Andrews) 23, J McMillan/G Aldridge (Clarence) 9; M Sewell (Pencoed)/B Underwood (Clarence) 17, C Britton/R Britton 11; J Davis (Wessex)/P Tubb (Clarence) 13, B Mumford (Welford)/R Dodson (Clarence) 17; A White/A White (Bristol Arrow) 19, T Davey/B Smith (Bristol St Andrews) 14; C Van Noorden (Maidenhead)/P Bissett (Clevedon Prom) 30, L Oldham/J Keay (Clarence) 8; M Smyth/G Welch (Burnham) 11, C Venn (St Andrews)/P Villis (Banwell) 16; M Dyer/N Grenfell (Clevedon Prom) 22, A Cox (Kings Heath)/A Mannion (Clarence) 13; P Aston (Kings Heath)/M Campbell (Victoria) 20, C Peart (Wessex)/J Marshall (West Wimbledon) 11.

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