Heavy loss seals Amy Rose fate for Cooper

Maureen Tims and Di Thurlbeck had a fine run to the semi-final of the Bowls England Women’s National 55-and-over pairs competition.

The Whitnash-Lillington combination beat the Isle of Wight duo 20-18 and the Durham pair 26-17 before romping to a 26-4 success over Northamptonshire.

However, they were no match for eventual winners Somerset in the last four, succumbing to a 25-11 defeat.

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Lillington’s Georgina Cooper, meanwhile, was part of the Warwickshire under-31 ladies’ team which bowed out of the Amy Rose competition at the hands of Lincolnshire.

Warwickshire had reached the semi-final last year, but a ten-shot defeat for Cooper, Georgia Prickett, Ann Davies and Jamie-Lea Winch proved insurmountable.

Kirsty Richards, Abbie Ward, Kay Sabin and Rebecca Taylor did claim an eight-shot win, but Lincolnshire claimed overall victory by 41 points to 39.

Copper is in action again tomorrow (Saturday) alongside Winch in the under-25 pairs.

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Warwickshire’s finals day at Three Spires Bowls Club had an unfortunate ending when the afternoon session was abandoned due to torrential rain and a flooded green.

As a result, the triples between Rugby and Avenue Leamington, the two woods singles featuring Whitnash’s Adam Shutttleworth and Royal Leamington’s Ray White and Dan Ward’s under-25s singles will all be played at a later date.

Play was possible in the morning, however, and it proved a successful one for Whitnash’s Ward who romped to victory in the unbadged singles.

Ward led Royal Leamington Spa’s Brian Connolly 12-3 after nine ends and maintained his advantage to ease to a 22-13 success.

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The youngster’s final tally was made up of one four, one treble, six doubles and three singles.

There was also Leamington success in the fours, with Avenue withstanding a late Sherwood Park fightback to edge the final 17-16.

Avenue dropped a first-end single but from then on in they held sway with the quartet of Peter Hooper, John Strain, Andy Strain and skip Andy Smith moving into a 17-10 lead after 18 ends.

Sherwood Park won the last three ends with doubles but their challenge fell one shot short.