WESTLECOT indoor players or combinations had already qualified for the final stages at the national championships and age group competitions that commence in Nottingham at the end of this month in four events, but over the past week, that total has been almost doubled with another three successes in Area 14 finals.

The ladies’ number was increased from two to three by the trio of Ginny Nash, Wendy Anderson and Janet Willis when winning the area final in the ladies national triples championship.

They recorded a comfortable 20-7 victory over Cathy Edwards, Ann-Marie Murray and Caroline Mabley (Whiteknights, Reading) at Oxford City & County.

The men’s total stood at two area final victories in national fours as well as O60s fours, but has risen to four with another couple of combinations qualifying.

The trio of Mel Biggs, Ian Jefferies and Neil Smith took the honours in the area final of the O50s triples when defeating the Whiteknights team of Ray Baker, Keith Hawkins and Mike Fraser 23-15 at West Berks IBC (Newbury).

Biggs also had another success, combining with his long-time doubles partner Dave Snell, to beat the Desborough (Maidenhead) duo of Gordon Knapper and Len Essex15-14 in the area final of the O60s pairs.

But there was one loss also in the past week, with Wendy Anderson going down in the area final of the ladies O60s singles 21-14 to Jenny Morgan (Desborough) at Oxford C&C.

Anderson was tied 5-5 after five ends and led 9-7 at 10 but was then pegged back and trailed 14-12 at 15 and 19-13 at 18 before losing 22- 14 on the 20th end when conceding a count of three.

That just leaves two area finals involving Westlecot players to be resolved this weekend, with the Old Town club guaranteed an eighth representative at Nottingham as the family pairs final involves two Westlecot teams as Katy and Neil Smith face Tom and Barry Pittuck on the indoor green in Old Town.

The other match is in the ladies O50s triples where Jayne Croston, Wendy Anderson and Janet Willis play in the area final against Mary Parkinson, Jean Gardiner and Lynn Watkins (Whiteknights) at Oxford C&C.