A BUSY WEEKEND is in store for the two local indoor bowls clubs as they look to progress in four separate national team competitions.

Westlecot ladies contest a third round tie in the top women’s inter-club competition for the Yetton Trophy.

Following an 87-64 victory over Swindon Manor they face Handy Cross (High Wycombe) today and will field an unchanged line-up.

Swindon Manor ladies are awarded a second bite at the cherry as they have been entered in the consolation Yetton Plate competition and today play Rivermead (Reading) in round two.

Westlecot men had a tense last gasp extra end 68-67 victory in the inter-club Denny Cup over Desborough (Maidenhead) in the last round.

Today their men face the other powerful Berkshire side of Whiteknights (Reading) in a third round tie.

And finally tomorrow the mixed team at Old Town club Westlecot begin their quest for glory in the national Top Club knock-out tournament.

The draw has not been very kind to them as they have been paired away against Bournemouth in round two.

They rely on virtual the same side for this five discipline competition - men’s and ladies two wood singles, mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours - that last season reached the quarter-finals of the competition before going out to top Devon side Exonia (Exeter).

WESTLECOT still have an interest in both the men’s and ladies national over 60s double rink competitons.

In the men’s event Westlecot beat Oxford City and County 33-20 last week and move forward to face Desborough (Maidenhead) in round two on November 26.

While the ladies in the over 60s double rinks for the Mason Trophy also face Desborough but in a first round tie this coming Friday.

KATY SMITH, winner of the national ladies U25 singles title in the 2016/17 season, has qualified for the last 16 of this season’s competition.

The Westlecot player booked her place at Spalding in late January in the last 16 with a fine performance in the west region eliminator held last weekend at Bristol City and County indoor bowling centre.

Similar events were held at south, east and north venues which produced four qualifiers at each.

Katy opened at Bristol with a 2-1 sets win over Ella Crouch (Plymouth) and then in her second game beat 23-year-old elder sister Lucy 2-0 to earn a place at Spalding.

It is not the first time the sisters have clashed in u25 events as Katy beat Lucy in the Under 25 final held at City of Ely in 2017 to lift the title.