Jamie-Lea wins top junior title


The 13th and penultimate day of the Bowls England’s ladies national championships at Royal Leamington’s Victoria Park proved a most successful one for Warwickshire with two of their most talented youngsters in Thornfield’s Jamie-Lea Winch and Bournville’s Kirsty Richards contesting the final of the junior singles championship.

And after an excellent concluding game it was Jamie-Lea who came out on top by 21 shots to 17.

After going behind in the early stages the 21-year-old Thornfield star got her act together to slowly draw away before finally finishing with four shots in hand.

And it was sweet revenge for Jamie-Lea who just a fortnight previously had lost 21-20 to 18-year-old Kirsty in the county’s junior final.

n In their first round matches Jamie-Lea beat S. Eales (Maidenhead, Berkshire) 21-8 while Kirsty accounted for S. Peat (Thringstone, Leicester) 21-6. Both Kirsty and Jamie-Lea were made to pull out all of the stops in their next games with Jamie-Lea beating K. Smith (Shepshed Town, Leicester) 21-16 while Kirsty returned a 21-19 winning card against Worcester international Amy Stanton.

n In the quarter-finals it was a 21-14 win for Jamie-Lea against Benfield’s R. Proctor and a 21-12 victory for Kirsty against Norfolk’s R. Carter and in the semi-finals Jamie-Lea finished 21-7 ahead of Hertfordshire’s Nicola Coombe and Kirsty made it an all Warwickshire final when she accounted for Devon’s Natalie Melmore by 21-16.

n With Warwickshire finishing first and second in a national final it shows how strong the county’s youth can be. Hopefully this dual success can encourage more youngsters to join and enjoy the sport.

n In the senior singles of the national championships Rugby’s Pat Bax lost her first round match 21-20 against Surrey’s Margaret Smith and Lillington’s Margaret Grosvenor lost 21-15 against Herefordshire’s Sue Bard-Bodex.

n There was no joy for Warwickshire represntatives in the opening rounds of the national men’s champions at Worthing where Whitnash’s Dan Ward and Bournville’s Luke Moore both lost in the first round of the junior singles.

And it was likewise in the fours for Kings Heath’s Lew Whitehoude, Paul Finch, Chris Barton and Jim Freeman and Avenue Leamington’s Peter Hooper. John Strain, Andy Strain and Andy Smith.

n The Kings Heath four lost 23-8 against Lee Croad, Mark Brocklebank, Srev e Van Wyk and Barry Seymour of Ringwood BC Hamshire, while Smith and his colleagues went down by 22-15 against Steve Dilkes, Criag Baker, Scott Burrell and Chris Kelly of Nafferton, Yorkshire, BC.

n Bilton Bowls Club was the venue for the penultimate round of Rugby Ladies Sunday Trophy league.

LMRCA lined up against Thornfield and it was one rink win each with LMRCA’s B. Truman, B. Hitchcock, S. Fuller and M. Wright 27-18 winners against C. Harding, J. Worton, Pat Schofield and Yvonne Bromfield and M. Gollop. V. Brazier, W. Baxter and G. Sharpe 23-8 losers against S. Boulton, J. Bradley, P. Lowe and M. Simpson.

n Rugby returned two winning cards against Oakfield when M. Duckett, E. Hagues, J. Terry and P. Bax were 27-5 victors against E. Lewis, M. Cooter, C. Lane and J, Nicholson while N. Lynch, T. Hitchcox, M. Entwistle and J. Hagues finished 22-13 ahead of E. Mosely, V. Winn, G. Holton and B. Cooke.

n It was mixed fortunes in the Bilton v. Grange match with Bilton’s B. Bale, S. French, S. Hussey and J. Hollis beating S. Waring, C. Skinner, E. Giles and J. Thomson 24-13 and J. White, H. Scott, P. Dahlgren and E. Cresswell finishing on the wrong end of an 18-16 defeat against C. Ryan, L. Page, H. Mills and B. Fuge.

n For the fourth successive year Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club will stage the round robin trial of the all-England under-18s mixed international competition featuring the cream of young bowlers of both genders from all over the country.

Disciplines are singles, pairs, triples and fours and afterwards England will select two teams – each of six players – to compete in the under-18s international series at Stanley BC in October.

The trial at Thornfield is on September 9 at 12 noon and as usual spectators are very welcome.

n Thornfield Indoors league fixture lists are now available and can be collected on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am and 6-8pm.