WESTLECOT duo of Jayne Croston and Lynda Whittingham booked their place in the ladies county pairs final as well as a spot at Royal Leamington Spa in the national championships.

In the quarter-final and semi-final matches, the Westlecot duo, playing on their home green, secured their place at final day at Alderbury on July 29 after beating Purton's Chris Mitchell and Alison Fail and the Wanborough pair of Julia Hunt and Deanne Davis.

In their last eight match against Purton, Croston and Whittingham came back from 18-13 down after 19 ends to win 19-18 following an extra end.

Against Wanborough, who had beaten Box 28-17 in their quarter-final, in the semis, the Westlecot duo book their place in the final with a 22-18 success.

In the final, Westlecot will meet the Box duo of Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs, who had beaten Wroughton 22-18 and Wilton 17-11 to secure their spot.

IN the two-wood singles competition, Julie Jones (Purton), Julia Hunt (Wanborough) and Lucy Smith (Royal Wootton Bassett) all missed-out in claiming a place in the two wood singles final.

Hunt beat former national two wood winner Janet Hardie in her quarter-final at Wroughton 16-7 but lost 18-3 to Box's Kathryn Yeoman in the last four.

Smith won her last eight match against Jones 16-13, but against the experience Alex Jacobs (Box), the Bassett youngster lost 15-5.

Players from the northern section of the Wiltshire Singles Championship were due to compete in the third round last night.

Purton’s Chris Mitchell and Alison Fail, Bassett duo Lucy Smith and Charlotte Daniell, Wanborough’s Julia Hunt and Deanne Davis, Highworth’s Linda Young and Joanna Hicks, as well as Linda Perfitt (Westlecot), Laura Laytham (Town Gardens), Julie White (Wroughton), Katherine Riach (Stratton Churchway) and Lyn Cookson (Ramsbury and Aldbourne) plus Ann Roberts-Phare (North Wilts) and Chippenham Town duo Viv Baskerville and Irene Button were all set to compete.

WILTSHIRE ladies selectors of have made four changes to the side for the next Johns Trophy match following their 115-97 defeat to Dorset in their opening west group game.

The county face Cornwall at home today at Tiverton West End seeking a badly needed change in fortunes to keep their Johns hopes alive.

Meanwhile county ladies selectors have made two changes for the first round Walker Cup tie against Gloucestershire at Devizes tomorrow.

Sue Cooke replaces Carol Grenfell on Jacobs rink while Ann Hindley (Wilton) comes in for Bassett’s Katy Smith in Yeoman’s foursome.

MIXED fortunes were enjoyed by Wiltshire ladies in their two county friendly matches this week.

Under the leadership of county president Mo Woolley (Alderbury) they lost to Berkshire at Faringdon 97-71 on Tuesday despite making a fine start and leading across the board 31-6 after only five ends.

But they bounced back the following day at home at Wroughton to win on four of the six rinks and draw on another to beat Welsh side Pen-Y-Glen 97-88. Both games were played over 18 ends because of the heat.