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BOWLS: Westlecot and Highworth make four rink semis
6:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
HIGHWORTH and Westlecot are safely through to this year’s semi-finals in the Wiltshire Men’s Four Rink League play-offs, but Swindon West End lost to holders Holt in the quarter-finals.
On the neutral green at Chippenham Park, Area A runners-up Highworth caused a surprise as they came from behind at the halfway mark to beat Area C winners Spencer Moulton.
Highworth were 19-15 down at four ends and 39-30 adrift at 10, but they took a 57-53 lead at the 15th end and gradually edged away to register an 87-74 win.
Rink honours were shared but the big 16-shot win for Richard Young’s quartet was decisive.
Westlecot, runners-up in Area B to Chippenham Town, also recorded victory, this time over Area D winners Amesbury at Trowbridge Westbourne.
Across the board Westlecot led throughout - 18-13 at five ends, 40-31 at 10 and 70-44 at 15 - before running out 91-74 victors.
Mike Jackson and Ian Jefferies’ rinks both recorded 25 and 13-shot wins respectively, which more than compensated for the losses suffered by the rinks of Mel Biggs and Mike Richards.
Westlecot and Highworth now clash in tomorrow’s first semi-final at Box.
West End failed to complete a play-off treble for local clubs as they struggled in their quarter-final against holders Holt at Chippenham Town.
On a tricky and heavy green, the Area C runners-up lost on three of the four rinks and were sunk 83-52. Derek Watson’s four recorded West End’s only success with a 19-15 win.
- STRATTON Churchway ladies have qualified for the final of the county women’s Top Ten competition having won the northern section.
They will face southern section winners Box, champions for the past three years, in the final to be staged at Devizes on September 7-8.
Stratton Churchway secured their path after edging home against Chippenham Park on shots.
The match was tied 2-2 on disciplines but Stratton took the honours on shots, scoring 77 to Chippenham Park’s 66.
Stratton won the singles (Wendy Anderson) and triples (Mavis Morris’ trio) but lost the pairs and fours disciplines.
- WOOTTON Bassett men fell at the last hurdle in their bid to reach the latter stages of the National Men’s Top Club competition for the first time.
The Dorset and Wiltshire area champions will not compete in the last eight at Leamington next month having lost 4-1 to Southsea Waverley in the inter-area final at Banister Park, Southampton.
Bassett only took the honours in the fours discipline, where Dave Snell’s rink ran out 16-9 victors.
Bowler Chris Cheesley said: “It was a good game and the green bowled superb, the best I have played on all season.
“We have no excuses, we were just beaten by a better side on the day.
“It is the furthest we have been in this competition before and hopefully we can go even further next season.”
- WILTSHIRE ladies have won their three friendles since the national championships finished at Leamington.
They have beaten Gloucestershire (111-109), Surrey (134-107), and Nor West Wilts League (145-72).
- SWINDON & District Ladies’ and Men’s Bowls Associations stage their annual championship finals in a matter of days.
Alison Fail faces an extremely busy day at Haydon Wick as she has reached four of the ladies’ finals.
Nine clubs will be represented in the finals with Wanborough and Wootton Bassett meeting in the only team event , the double rinks.
Shrivenham host the men’s finals on Saturday, September 7 which see only seven clubs represented.
Highworth feature in three of the finals with Richard Young taking part in two of them, the Officer’s Cup and pairs.
Wootton Bassett’s Richard Buckland and Andy Crump also contest two finals, the fours and pairs. Westlecot also have three representatives and two of them, John Anderson and Mike Hall, clash in the singles showdown.
The only team event for the Eddie Wells Charity Trophy will feature Wootton Bassett and Supermarine.
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