KENT’S MEN A ND WOMEN REACH SEMI-FI­NALS OF CUP COM­PE­TI­TIONS AT LEAMINGTON SPA

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Kent’s men are through to the fi­nal stages of the Mid­dle­ton Cup for the third suc­ces­sive year. A 120-108 win over Buck­ing­hamshire on a neu­tral green at Egham on Satur­day earned them a semi­fi­nal place against Bed­ford­shire at Leamington Spa on Satur­day week. Devon meet Derbyshire in the other tie. Kent led by 19 shots af­ter 18 ends, only for the ad­van­tage to be re­duced to four with four ends to play – the out­come de­pend­ing on the fi­nal two. Sand­wich’s Gor­don Charl­ton saw his penul­ti­mate bowl run the jack into the ditch earn­ing Kent five shots and with two gained on the other, vic­tory was as­sured, The county will be hop­ing for a dou­ble suc­cess as Kent ladies face Glouces­ter­shire in the semi-fi­nals of the Johns Tro­phy on the same day. Ash­ford Rail pair Mo Hayes and Anne Rut­land are both in the team. Rail’s Belinda Wil­liams was a mem­ber of the win­ning trio in the Wil­moths Mixed Triples hosted by Cheri­ton Bowls Club. She part­nered Michelle Latham and Jason Avery from Folke­stone Park, win­ning with six points and 22 ends. Rail won 109-90 in a six-rink mixed triples at Faver­sham on Sun­day. The rinks were shared, with Alice Var­ley, Dick Neaves and Chris Knapp best scor­ers, 24-6. Var­ley, Sean Farmer and Tony Map­stone were top rink (19-10) in the 85-67 de­feat at Sellindge on Satur­day. Ten­ter­den hosted their an­nual match against Rochester Blind Bowl­ing Group. They have been vis­i­tors since 1990 and were led by cap­tain Brian Mason in a four-rink con­test. The club’s A team won 57-51 at Mar­den in the Weald League. Ann Walker, Peter Drury and skip Mal­colm Nelmes were best rink (25-13). Ham­street’s Mer­maid League match against Peas­marsh was aban­doned af­ter 10 ends. The club beat Gateway 87-54 in a friendly – skip Len Scott, Anita Heida and Ger­ald Gilbert win­ning 28-12. Ham­street won 80-46 at Winchelsea – skip Roger More, Janet War­man and Ella More record­ing a 31-6 vic­tory.

Fur­ley Park win­ners in the School Games

Ash­ford Rail’s Belinda Wil­liams, part of the win­ning trio, who lifted the Wil­moths Mixed Triples tro­phy

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