Watkins just misses out on an Eng­land spot

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - @Et­bobfrank

CITY pot­ter Beckie Watkins put up a fine per­for­mance be­fore nar­rowly miss­ing out on a place in the Eng­land team for the World Cham­pi­onships.

The city pot­ter fin­ished fifth out of 12 play­ers bat­tling for a place in the Eng­land team for Black­pool.

She won five and lost five of her 10 matches as she came away from the World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers at Le­ices­ter with plenty of credit.

She said: “I played re­ally well but sadly not quite well enough.

“Most of my de­feats were last frame de­ciders so although I’m gut­ted to have missed out I’m proud of my­self.

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Carly Smith (the Hamp­ton pot­ter was al­ready as­sured of her place in the team and was help­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion) told me they were await­ing the re­sults of one player and, if she’d lost I’d have been in the top four and still in with a shout of mak­ing the team but she won.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and hope­fully I’ll go even bet­ter next year.”

Watkins be­gan the tri­als with a 3-2 vic­tory over fel­low city pot­ter Liz Dis­ney, who also failed to make the team af­ter win­ning just two of her nine matches.

Watkins stormed into a 3-0 lead against her prac­tice part­ner but a mis­take gave the fourth frame to Dis­ney who also took the fifth.

De­spite fail­ing to make the team, Watkins and Dis­ney are as­sured of their places at the World Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships in Black­pool hav­ing pro­gressed through the first stage of Eng­land qual­i­fiers at­yarmouth ear­lier this year.

WATKINS also made her UK Ladies­tour de­but at the same Club 147 venue at Le­ices­ter, los­ing 5-2 to 11th seed Sue Fletcher and then go­ing down 4-2 against Lisa Wray in the open­ing round of the Plate com­pe­ti­tion.

For­mer Eveningtele­graph Sportswoman of theyear Smith was out of sorts and went out at the Last 32 stage.

The third seed de­feated Lynn Black­shaw 5-1 but then went out by the same score to 19th seed Emma Se­nior.

That saw her go into the Plate event where she beattheresa Sheri­dan 4-1 be­fore los­ing 4-3 to Liesa Con­lin.

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