BOWLS: Women lower men's colours

This Is Wiltshire: Janet Hardie Janet Hardie

WILTSHIRE Ladies gained ample revenge for a narrow one-shot defeat last year as they easily took the honours in this season’s annual showdown against the county men’s representative side.

The ladies won by the large margin of 49 shots as they ran-out 148-99 victors at North Wilts last Sunday.

The match was tight early on as the women only led 28-27 across the board at five ends but moved 71-58 clear at ten and led 91-83 after 15.

However, they powered away in the final six ends across the board scoring 57 shots and only conceding 16 to claim a comprehensive 148-99 victory and wipe-out last season’s agonising last end one shot loss.

The ladies took the honours on five of the six rinks with Janet Hardie’s quartet just outgunning Fizz Mace’s four 18-15 for top winning rink.

County president Evelyn Tape enjoyed an 11 shot success as a member of Joan Coleman’s foursome while Janet Bowker-Praed led her four to a six shots win.

Meanwhile Brenda Bowen’s rink trailed 18-9 at 15 ends but produced a successful late rally to beat county men’s secretary Dave Williams 21-19.

The only foursome to miss-out was the one skipped by Jean Collier who lost by three shots to Dave Edmonds rink.

RESULTS

Rink 1: Sylvia Lucas, Iris Read, Janice Bull & Fizz Mace (skip) beat Ian Manning, Bill Cowens, Babs Salter & Steve Geddes 28-13. Rink 2: Jean Harris, Sheila Garlick, Irene Button & Jane Bowker-Praed beat Dave Greenwood, Roger Harris, Peter Sanders & Roger Button 24-18. Rink 3: June Coyle, Pam West, Shirley Palfrey & Brenda Bowen beat Don French, Peter French, Jim Wilkie & Dave William’s 21-19. Rink 4: Jane Taylor, Sheila Dew, Evelyn Tape (ladies president) & Joan Coleman beat Ted Lowton, John Duncan, Keith Baker (men’s president) & Maurice Byron 26-15. Rink 5: Norma Rowden, Carol French, Pat Sharp & Jean Collier lost to Ron Salsbury, Dave Newan, Fred Tape & Dave Edmonds 20-23. Rink 6: Joyce Little, Mary Ballard, Bev Lilley and Janet Hardie beat John White, Brian Mace, Les Cox & Martin Salter 29-11.

Score: Wiltshire ladies beat Wiltshire Men 148-99.

HOWEVER, Wiltshire Ladies had suffered a 126-105 defeat at the hands of Somerset in their previous women’s friendly match.

They only took the honours in one of the six matches with president Evelyn Tape a member of the lone winning rink.

In fact if it had not been for Eileen Hawker, Sylvia Lucas, Evelyn Tape and skip Fizz Mace, who won 33-5, the losing deficit against Somerset would have been considerably higher.

RESULTS (skips names only)

Rink 1: Jane Taylor lost to S Osborne 17-21; Rink 2: Joan Coleman lost to M Dyer 13-24; Rink 3: Fizz Mace beat J Price 33-5; Rink 4: B Lilley lost to N Edwards 17-22; Rink 5: Delia Godwin lost to J Murrell 15-20; Rink 6: Brenda Bowen lost to L Palmer 10-34.

Score: Wiltshire lost to Somerset 105-126.

MORE BOWLS NEWS & PICTURES IN THURSDAY'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND FRIDAY'S WILTSHIRE TIMES

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