WOOTTON BASSETT have two combinations through to the final stages of the Wiltshire Ladies national pairs championships.

Two combinations successfully negotiated their third-round ties on Monday to book a place in the quarter-final and semi-finals day of the Wiltshire county pairs championship, to be staged at Bradford-on-Avon next Saturday, July 12 (10.30am).

In the northern section of the draw, Doreen Croucher and Charlie Harding won a tight all-Wootton Bassett tie against Barbara Twine and Pat Edmonds.

Meanwhile Wootton Bassett teenage sisters Lucy and Katy Smith, who recently made their Wiltshire inter-county championship debuts in the Johns Trophy, beat the experienced Westlecot partnership of former county winners Carole Coombs and Linda Perfitt.

In the quarter-finals, Croucher and Harding have been drawn against a duo from Devizes while the Smiths face experienced county players Sue Burgess and Jo Dunford from Warminster.


North Section: Charlie Harding (Wootton Bassett) beat Pat Edmonds (WB); Barbara Land (Chippenham Town) beat Alison Fail (Purton); Katy Smith (WB) beat Linda Perfitt (Westlecot); Janet Willis (Stratton Churchway) beat Sue Williams (Purton).

South Section: Alex Jacobs (Box) beat Sandra Bartlett (Winsley); Sheila Garlick (Devizes) beat Jean Collier (Box); Jo Dunford (Warminster) beat Janice Bull (Amesbury); Susan Long (Devizes) beat Marcia Cottle (Spencer Melksham).


Quarter-finals at Bradford-on-Avon July 12 (10.15am) Lucy & Katy Smith (Wootton Bassett) v Sue Burgess & Jo Dunford (Warminster); Bev Lilley & S Garlick (Devizes) v Doreen Croucher & C Harding (WB); Patricia Reeves & S Long (Devizes) v Jackie Pearce & J Willis (Stratton C); Viv Baskerville & B Land (Chip T) v Sue Cooke & A Jacobs (holders, Box).

SAME AGAIN is the decision of the Wiltshire Ladies Johns Trophy selectors for the final west group match away against Devon today (Saturday) at Culm Vale.

They have opted for the same side that finished the inter-county championship game at Devizes against Gloucestershire two weeks ago and recorded a 142-90 victory. The team included several newcomers such as Joanna Richman (Highworth), Julie Jones (Purton) and the Wootton Bassett trio of Charlie Harding and teenage Smith sisters Lucy and Katy.

In that match, skip Carol Grenfell aggravated a knee injury and had to retire, with Sue Ochyra moving up to skip and fellow Devizes teammate Wendy Gaisford coming off the subs bench.

It is not a surprise that the selectors have decided on the same line-up as it showed numerous changes from the previous game, a heavy defeat against Cornwall, while against Gloucestershire it did manage to arrest a dismal run of six successive Johns Trophy losses in the past two years.

However, despite their win over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire still only stand in third place after two games on 20 points, two behind Cornwall and 20 points behind leaders Devon, who have won both of their matches so far.

For Wiltshire to progress to the quarter-finals they will need to upset the formbook as they have to face hot group favourites Devon away in their final west group match.


Rink 1: Debbie Shadwell (Box), June Corbett (Town Gardens), Wendy Gaisford & Sue Ochyra (both Devizes).

Rink 2: Alison Fail (Purton), Margaret Annetts (Salisbury), Sue Cooke & Alex Jacobs (both Box).

Rink 3: Chris Mitchell (Purton), Marcia Hartley (Avon), Maureen Woolley (Alderbury) & Janet Willis (Stratton Churchway).

Rink 4: Viv Baskerville (Chippenham Town), Katy Smith (Wootton Bassett), Kim Smith (Warminster) & Fizz Mace (North Wilts).

Rink 5: Lucy Smith (WB), Jean Collier (Box), Julie Jones (Purton) & Delia Godwin (Spencer Melksham).

Rink 6: Rose Ellis (Amesbury), Charlie Harding (WB), Joanna Richman & Linda Kingston (both Highworth). Res: Jenny Couch (S Melksham) and Jo Dunford (Warminster).