Barham-Holt blasts her way into the ladies county singles quarter-finals

PUBLISHED: 22:42 31 May 2018

Jackie Barham-Holt of South Woodford BC

Jackie Barham-Holt of South Woodford BC


South Woodford bowler in superb form to reach last eight

Carol Cook and Jackie Barham-Holt met in the area final of the county singlesCarol Cook and Jackie Barham-Holt met in the area final of the county singles

South Woodford’s Jackie Barham-Holt is through to the quarter-finals of the county singles compettion after a dramatic area final on Thursday night.

Taking on Carol Cook of Wanstead Central, Barham-Holt started well and opened up a 4-0 lead before Cook finally got herself on the scoreboard.

Cook levelled the match at 5-5 after six ends, but the South Woodford bowler got her nose back in front and opened up a 10-6 and then 13-7 lead.

At 16-11 the game seemed to be at the mercy of Barham-Holt, but Cook is made of strong stuff and she battled back to 16-15 and seemed to have the momentum.

Carol Beesley of South WoodfordCarol Beesley of South Woodford

But consecutive two counts on the next two ends put Barham-Holt on the verge of victory and though Cook never gave up, the South Woodford bowler finally got over the line at 21-19.

She will now take on the experienced Elaine Score of the Springhouse club in the quarter-finals, which will take place at Chelmsford Bowls Club on June 10.

It will be a tough assignment, but Barham-Holt has already had a great run in the prestigious competition.

It had been an excellent championships for both Barham-Holt and fellow South Woodford bowler Carol Beesley who had to travel to play in this year’s competition.

Barham-Holt journeyed to a neutral green at Fords to take on Hazel Gremenski of Silverthorn in her opening encounter.

And she returned home with an impressive win, while Beesley, who had a superb run to the quarter-finals last summer, was in action closer to home over at Wanstead Central.

Beesley took on Karen Ryan in her first-round game and came out on top by a 21-16 margin.

Both South Woodford women were at Central for their second-round matches and Barham-Holt was in splendid form again as she beat C Beckand 21-10 to progress to the next round.

It was the end of the road for Beesley, however, as she came up against an in-form Carol Cook on her home green, who opened up a 15-2 lead.

It was all over by the 13th end as Cook booked a tie with fellow Central bowler Maureen Norgate.

Barham-Holt then took on C Rayner in the area semi and there was no stopping her as she ran out an impressive winner by 21-9.

In the other semi, things were much tighter as Carol Cook took on clubmate Maureen Norgate.

In a game that went down to the wire, it was Cook who came through by 21-20, to set up the area final against Cook.

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