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BOWLS: Box still in it
BOX are still on course to reach the final stages of the Women’s National Top Club competition again.
Three times in the past four seasons they have qualified for the last eight at Torquay finishing fifth in 2008 and third twice in the past two years when beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winners.
In 2012 the final stages of the Top Club competition have been switched to Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, on the weekend of September 15-16 and Box Ladies are just one match away from qualifying.
They defeated Cornwish side Chacewater (Truro) in the last 32 at Tiverton West End, Devon last Saturday 71-66.
Box now meet Ross on Wye, Hereford or Poole Park, Dorset, in the 2nd inter-county round (last 16), one step away from reaching Leamington and the last eight and final stages once more.
Singles: Janet Hardie beat Jenny Hoskins 21-19.
Pairs: Karen Funnell & Alex Jacobs lost to Angie Roode & Cheryl Mathais 17-24.
Triples: Joan Warren, Jean Collier & Sue Cooke beat Judy Crowder, Gill Instance & Ann Parr 20-2.
Fours: Molly Manning, Carol Hudd, Sue Dix & Carol Grenfell lost to Maria Smith, Dot Dunstan, Linda Robinson, Jenny Prime 13-21.
Score: Box drew with Chacewater 2-2 but won 71-66 on shots...
THE LADIES National Championships opened at Leamington Spa last weekend and will be staged over a period of a fortnight.
Box – Karen Funnell, Molly Manning, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs – had a 29-12 victory over Linslade, Bedfordshire, but lost in round two to Cambridge Park (Middx) 21-11.
Cooke and Jacobs represent Box again starting today in the pairs, facing Marcia Gwynne and Jenny Murray from Ross on Wye (Herefordshire).
Two Chippenham Town bowlers Kara and Bethany Little plus a host of players from Wootton Bassett are included in the Wiltshire squad for the Amy Rose 31&U Double Rinks starting on Friday.
And North Wilts make their debut at Leamington on Monday (9am) when Jean Harris, June Coyle and Fizz Mace meet Sheerness St George’s BC in the first round of the triples.
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