Women's bowls: Gloucestershire 128 Somerset 113

Gazette Series: Bowls Bowls

GLOUCESTERSHIRE women turned the tables on Somerset after losing last year, by winning in their first county match at Ardagh BC.

The rink of Val Molton, Pat Baker (both Kingswood & Hanham), Anne White (Arrow) and Sue Osborne (Kingswood & Hanham) were three behind before turning up the heat over the last six ends to score 15 shots and come away with an impressive 29-16 win.

Rita Gerry (Moreton), Val Osmond (Ardagh), Julia Stannard (Nailsworth) and Lindsay Collin (Page Ladies) held a seven shot lead at halfway. Keeping in front over the next 11 ends, they ended up with a 23-15 win.

Iona Bird (Caer Glow), Cynthia Winter-Alsop (Wotton) Kay Gent and Pauline Gunn (both Caer Glow) went behind on 15 ends at 18-14 before jumping into a 22-18 lead and holding on to win 24-21.

Val Ayres (Lydney), Myra Savage (Falcon), Joy Sheward (Cheltenham Whaddon) and Sue Latham (Olveston) were all square at eight all after 10 ends before taking a slender one shot advantage 13-12 after 15 ends. Losing the lead again, they turned it around in the final run-in and won by two shots, 18-16.

Christine Prosser (Gloucester Spa), Maddie Hale (Fairford), Margaret McColl (Cheltenham Spa) and Gill Fry (Gloucester Spa) went from 7-3 up to be 18-11 down and, despite a magnificent last three ends scoring seven shots without reply, they lost by three shots, 21-18.

Sandra Hambidge (Cheltenham), Pat MacGregor, Jackie Ind (both Arrow) and Rachael Hughes (Royal Forest of Dean) gained the early advantage, leading 7-4 before being overtaken to trail 14-10 after 15 ends. The gap widened late on as they ended up suffering a 24-16 defeat.

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