MID Gloucestershire ladies’ bowls team are through to the national quarter-finals of the Masons Trophy after beating Wisbech Indoor Bowls Club 45-37 at Rugby Thornfield.
The Masons is a two-rink competition and normally one match is played at home and the second is played away.
But because of the travelling distances involved for both sides the match was played at a club equidistant to both teams.
For much of the game it was difficult to chose between the two sides.
After five ends Mid Glos rink Joan Surman, Myra Savage, Margaret McColl and Margaret Stalley led C Quinney 5-3, but Barbara Nelmes, Anne Leach, Sandra Hambidge and Pauline Gunn trailed 8-4 against C Wadlow.
By the halfway point Stalley’s rink were 12-8 ahead but had been reeled in to trail 14-13 after 15 ends.
Gunn’s rink pulled back their deficit to lead 11-10 at the halfway point and 16-15 after 15 ends.
The match was level at 29-29 but both Mid Glos skips were at the top of their game.
On the 16th end Stalley scored a four followed by a single, and on end 18 she managed to get a third wood when she was at least four shots down.
On the other rink, also on the 18th end, Gunn was also four shots down with the jack pretty much covered when she played the most exquisite wood to draw the shot, putting a dagger into Wisbech’s heart while doing so.
A three on the next end virtually sealed the game as Stalley went into the last end two back but picked up a four on the last end to win 22-20.
With the score at 45-37 Gunn had no need to play the last end as their opponents conceded the match.
They are now at the tantalizing point of being one game away from the National Championships and their next round opponents are County Arts from Norwich.
At the other end of the age scale but also at the top of his game is 16-year-old Jack Daniels.
He is through to the last eight in the country in the Mark Royal National Under-18s singles.
This competition is played over two sets of nine ends, with the game going into a three-end sudden-death tie break in the event both players win a set each.
To get to this point Daniels, who attends Cleeve High School and plays for Bishop’s Cleeve BC outdoors team, beat Torquay United’s Harry Goodwin at Taunton Deane.
He won the first set 8-6, lost the second 8-3 but managed to win the tie-break 2-0 to progress.
The win put him through to the concluding rounds at Bromsgrove on March 9.
The morning’s quarter-final will be two divisions of four players, playing each other on a round robin basis.
The winners of each division will play one another in the final.