Sleaford bowlers knocked out by Derbyshire club in national comp

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Sleaford Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies team bowed out of the EIBA national Yetton Plate competition, run by the English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA).

The match, played in a two rinks at home and two away format, was very close throughout despite Sleaford always chasing Erewash.

After five ends, the Derbyshire club led the aggregate score 20-11, but Sleaford hung in there and reduced the gap slightly over the next five ends to trail 34-26 after 10.

Erewash another couple of shots ahead to lead 55-44, but Sleaford closed the gap to just five shots with three ends remaining at 61-55.

But despite a gallant effort by the Sleaford ladies, Erewash ended strongly to pull away and win 75-63.

The two home rinks saw Rhoda Wing’s team win 19- 15, but Linda Wills’ team lost 14-22.

There were narrow 19-15 defeats on the road for the rinks of Jane Saunders and Gill Dwyer.

Rink scores: Jackie Wareham, Pat Paul, Ruth Murphy, Rhoda Wing beat Susan Smith 19-15; Patricia Rands, Gloria Davis, Linda Wills lost to Elaine Holmes 22-14; Barbara Barnes, Ann Garnham, Lyn Clare, Jane Saunders lost to Christine Arnett 15-19; Carole Richardson, Jenny Elphick, Sheila Methven, Gill Dwyer lost to Janet Bowles 15-19.