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South Woodford pair go so close in ladies county pairs

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 July 2017

Jackie Barham-Holt of South Woodford

Jackie Barham-Holt of South Woodford

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Beesley and Barham-Holt denied on a tough weekend

Carol Beesley of South Woodford BCCarol Beesley of South Woodford BC

South Woodford pair Carol Beesley and Jackie Barham-Holt were left agonisingly short of a place at Leamington in the National Finals after a long and eventful weekend at the Essex County Championships.

Danbury Bowls Club was the venue for the competition and capable Springhouse duo Pauline Low and Carole Riley were their opponents in the quarter-finals of the prestigious pairs.

The first 10 ends were tight and at 9-9 it was anybody’s game, but suddenly some good bowls by the South Woodford pair saw them grab a five-count and then open up a 22-15 lead.

That was by no means the end of though as Springhouse picked up seven shots over the next two ends to level the scores at 22-22 and force the match into an extra end.

And it was Beesley and Barham-Holt who held their neve to take the shot they needed and book a place in the semi-final.

There they met June O’Neill and Serena Madgewick from the Drums club.

It was Madgewick who had ended Beesley’s run in the county singles and she proved a tough opponent again.

It was 11-11 at one point, before Jackie and Carol opened up a 17-12 lead to put them in pole position.

But at that point the Drums girls stepped up a gear to win the next four ends and despite the South Woodford girls winning the last two, it was not enough as the game finished 22-19.

It was back to Danbury the following morning for the third-place play-off against Jean McCloud and Jan Collins from Rochford.

But the South Woodford girls could not find their form of the previous day and eventually conceded on the 20th end, trailing 28-18.

It was still a superb run in the competition.


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