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Kent need five points from their fi­nal Mid­dle­ton Cup group match against Sus­sex next month to clinch a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals. A 129-95 win over the Isle of Wight on a neu­tral green at Cran­leigh in Sur­rey on Satur­day leaves them top, 18 points ahead of Middlesex and 20 clear of Sus­sex ahead of their trip to Popes Mead Bowls Club in Hor­sham on Satur­day, July 9. Kent ar­rived to find the green heavy, fol­low­ing flood­ing ear­lier in the week, but started well and gained an early lead which they never re­lin­quished, adapt­ing much bet­ter to the wet con­di­tions than their op­po­nents. Team man­ager Mick Collins was forced to make three changes from the team that beat Middlesex in the open­ing match, but all the re­serves played well as Kent won five of the six rinks.

Ash­ford Rail’s Keith Smith has reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the County Un­badged sin­gles. Smith beat P Philpott of Boughto­nun­der-Blean 21-19. Two Ten­ter­den play­ers,Ray Walker and Malcolm Nelmes, have ad­vanced to the fourth round – Walker beat­ing D Eas­ton (Grove, Tun­bridge Wells) 21-8, while Nelmes was a 22-3 win­ner against B Chalkin (Ton­bridge). In club matches, Rail were suc­cess­ful on four out of six rinks for a 132-75 win in a mixed triples at Kearsney on Sun­day. Tony Play­ford, Linda Green­halgh and Gor­don Sam­son were the best scor­ers, with a 30-8 rink vic­tory. Skip Ian Payne, Ivor Groves and Clare Cun­ning­ham were Ash­ford Town’s lead­ing rink per­form­ers in their 78-64 friendly home win against Char­ing on Sun­day. Town won 115-101 in their East Kent Mixed Triples at Cliftonville the pre­vi­ous day. Ash­ford lost 136-86 at home to Birch­ing­ton in the same com­pe­ti­tion. Town ladies were beaten 36-31 in their Shep­way League match at Lyminge. Ten­ter­den beat Nor­thiam 68-60 in the Mer­maid League on Sun­day. Ju­dith Pick­ford, Mark Pope and Ray Walker were the best win­ning rink (18-11). An­drea Crosser, Tub Dixon and Tony Masters tri­umphed 22-7 in the best rink score in a 66-51 friendly win against Bid­den­den. Ten­ter­den had mixed for­tunes in their lat­est Weald League matches, the A team claim­ing eight points in a 54-45 win over Bearsted C, but the B team fin­ished point­less in a 54-31 home de­feat by Hun­ton B. Ham­street won three points in a 74-59 Mer­maid League de­feat – Denise Ross­ing­ton, Len Scott and Robin Col­lick, the only win­ning rink. They also lost 77-54 in a friendly at Guestling with skip Dick Bald­win, Kathy Ni­choll and Gwen Col­ley win­ning their rink 18-12.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4389932

Char­ing’s Bar­bara Rich watched by Ash­ford Town’s Elona Griggs in the Sun­day’s mixed triples match

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4389952, left; FM4389947, right

Left, Ash­ford Town’s Mike God­dard. Right Char­ing’s Paul Rich

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