Rail pair part of Kent win
Ashford Rail’s Mo Hayes and Anne Rutland helped Kent Ladies clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Johns Trophy with a 118-103 win over Surrey in the Regional Final at Worthing Pavilion on Saturday. Hayes was a member of skip Jane Cogle’s rink who won 27-11, while Rutland helped Ann Harrison’s quartet to an 18-4 success. Kent now face Gloucestershire at Leamington Spa on Saturday, August 5, while Lincolnshire – their conquerors 12 months ago – meet Yorkshire. Meanwhile, Kent’s men hope to join them when they face Buckinghamshire on a neutral green at Egham in the quarter-finals of the Middleton Cup on Saturday. In club matches, Rail’s Adam Varley, Gary Owen and Carl Akers will meet Neve Samson, Paul Hunter and Graham Williams in the Club Triples final on September 3. Twelve teams entered the competition, with both Rail triples getting through with four wins and a draw. Rail were 88-52 winners over Biddenden in a fourrink mixed triple. Debbie Samson, Paul Varley and skip Tony Mapstone were the best winning rink with a 27-13 victory. Rail beat Hamstreet 105-81 in a six-rink mixed triple friendly, winning three and drawing the other. Tony Antino, Brian Saxon and Clive Allen claimed best rink honours, with a 23-4 win. Denise Rossington, M.Pearson and G. Gilbert (23-14) chalked up the best of Hamstreet’s two wins. Poor weather reduced Tenterden’s latest Weald League matches to 12 ends each. The A team lost 30-24 at Hunton B, with Ray Walker, Ken Chapman and Andrea Crosser winning 8-6. The B team won 48-15 at home to Paddock Wood with Philip Jeffrey, Carol James and Don Walker achieving the best score, of 19-4. Tenterden ended Staplecross’s 100% Mermaid League record with a 72-52 home win on Sunday. They won on all rinks, with Linda Harper, Elaine Dixon and Don Walker the best performers (20-8). Tenterden lost 63-51 against Fairlight the previous day, with Doug King, Ann Walker and Ray Walker, 14-13 winners. Hamstreet went down 73-69 at home to Headcorn, with Denise Rossington, skipping another winning rink, including L.Marshall and F. Trimmer (20-17).