The ladies of the Isle of Wight Bowls Club reached the last 16 of the National Yetton Plate competition in the very tightest of games against Loddon Vale from Basingstoke on Sunday.
The Islanders led by a narrow margin for most of the match and at 18 ends had taken what appeared to be a conclusive 12 shot advantage.
With 3 of the 4 rinks having completed their games, Loddon Vale had reduced the deficit to only 3 shots with the home rink of Ronnie Berry, Auriol Ash, Peggy Evans and Pauline Proud being left with 3 ends to play against S. Stone’s quartet. The opposition scored singles on each of the next 2 ends.
They laid a single shot on the last end of the match Proud having one wood left to play. Calling on all her experience, Proud played the perfect wood to draw the shot and win the game for the Island club – her rinks final score being a 1 shot defeat.
The other home quartet of Phyl Fredericks, Sandra Adkins, Anne Hoath and Sue Green dominated against Y Banister’s four and led 17 shots to 6 after 18 ends and went on to record a deserved 17 shots to 11 win.
The away four of Annie Morris, Steff Ball, Shirley Stubbs and Gay Allen did excellently to lead throughout to record a vital 20 shots to 13 win against A Lovett’s rink. The other away four of Trish McMurray, Val Addison, Carol Jones and Anne Bernard were involved in a fluctuating contest against T Roger’s quartet but the Loddon Vale side finished the strongest to succeed 28 shots to 18.
In the next round, to take place on 5th January, the opponents are Horsham Indoor Bowling Club.
In other news… In the 2nd round of the National Mixed Pairs Gay Allen and Jack Berry took on Margaret Moffatt and Tom Smith at Victory. They performed well and came home with an 18 shots to 11 win.
Gay did not fare as well in the Ladies Over 60’s National Singles going down at Victory by 21 shots to 11 against Kath Patrick.