BOWLS: Ilminster Ladies reach national finals

This is The West Country: BOWLS: Ilminster Ladies reach national finals BOWLS: Ilminster Ladies reach national finals

ILMINSTER Ladies have made it through to the triples finals in the national championships at Melton Mowbray.

Dot Whelan, Heather Grinter and June Checketts booked their place with a 19-18 victory over Thornbury on a neutral green at Clarrie Dunbar.

Ilminster led by three shots going into the final end. Thornbury pulled back two but it was not enough and Checketts June did not have to play her last wood.

The Ladies were also in action on Friday in the South West ladies league. They beat Watchet on both rinks for a 52-21 victory.

Scores: home: Gillian Leighton, Hilary Leamon, Heather Grinter and Dot Whelan 33, J Hooper 8; away: Myra Childs, Norma Pugh, Maureen Mitchell and June Checketts 19, N Webber 13.

On Saturday Mid Devon BC, based in Tiverton were the visitors for a Somerset and Devon mixed league match.

Ilminster were in great form winning on both rinks and by 63 shots to 32.

Scores: Des Maull, Heather Sims, Maureen Mitchell and Barry Sims 31, B French 17; Myra Childs, Penny Stow , John Mitchell and Rod Parkin 32, J Grimsley 15.

On Sunday Chardstock were the visitors for a three rink friendly which the home side won 69-26.

Scores: Bill Bailey, Roy Orme, Rita Grout and Royston Grout 25, Ann Sebright, Ann Dredge, K Warren and J Tucker 10; Val Dargue, Gary Riste, Dave Cox and Cyril Cox 23, Phylis Baldwin, Marjorie Davenport, Gordon Bodily and Sheila Jeffery 8; Norma Pugh, Peter Greer, Dave Pugh and Mike King 21, B Howard, Monica Sturley, M Davenport & T Dredge 8.

n Only two Milford and Dormor league matches were played at Chard last week.

Greyhounds are now just one point behind Harlequins with a game in hand after beating the leaders by two shots.

The match was all square going into the final end but Harlequins pulled two to win 12-10.

One match was postponed because Canaries and Royals were stopped from reaching Chard by a fallen tree.

Magpies had a disappointing start against Hurricanes, losing the first three ends. But they fought back and by the halfway stage were one shot ahead at 6-5.

The lead switched changed hands up to the final end with the score tied at 11-11. Magpies completed their comeback, winning two shots to take the game 13-11.

Chard also saw a challenge between the indoor and outdoor players which produced plenty of banter.

Both sides won two games but the outdoor side – many of whom also play indoors – won 37-27 on shots.

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