Madeira pair off to grand finals

PUBLISHED: 10:21 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010

MADEIRA'S Liz Smerdon and Sue Harriott had home advantage to book their place in the Bowls England finals at Royal Leamington Spa after beating Mary West and Pat Boni (Ilfracombe) 26-15, writes Tony Atkins.

MADEIRA'S Liz Smerdon and Sue Harriott had home advantage to book their place in the Bowls England finals at Royal Leamington Spa after beating Mary West and Pat Boni (Ilfracombe) 26-15, writes Tony Atkins.The qualifiers from Section 4 defeated Under 25 international Amanda Higginbotham and England under 18 player Sophie Tolchard (Kings Torquay) 21-13 in their opening match in Group B and went on to beat Flo Chown and Penny Gale (Hemyock) 25-14 to set up the win over Ilfracombe's Boni.But Madeira clubmates Lou Harvey and Jackie Howle saw their hopes of a place at the Bowls England finals dashed by Group A rivals Jean Cornwell and county president Kay Page (Plymouth), who won 20-16.The two Plymothians lost to eventual group winners Carole Fisher and Sue Evans with the Honiton pair going on to qualify for the national finals alongside Madeira's two England stars Liz Smerdon and Sue Harriott.Results. DCLBA Pairs Section Finals (Madeira). Group A: Quarter-finals: Anne Poole / Nikki Payne (Morchard Bishop) bt Val Davis / Lynn Broughton (Torbay Country Club) 22-9. Viv Rogers / Pat Ramsay (Kingsbridge Park) bt Minnie Day / Carol Rockey (Bideford) 25-23. Jean Cornwell / Kay Page (Plymouth SFD) bt Lou Harvey / Jackie Howle (Madeira) 20-16. Carole Fisher / Sue Evans (Honiton) bt Pam Frost / Pat Lea (Bitton Park) 22-15. Semi-finals: Anne Poole / Nikki Payne (Morchard Bishop) bt Viv Rogers / Pat Ramsay (Kingsbridge Park) 19-17. Carole Fisher / Sue Evans (Honiton) bt Jean Cornwell / Kay Page (Plymouth SFD) 24-17. Final: Carole Fisher / Sue Evans (Honiton) bt Anne Poole / Nikki Payne (Morchard Bishop) 23-4. Group B. Quarter-finals: Pauline Roberts / Joan Hooper (Plymstock) bt Betty Haywood / Elsie Dyson (Bideford) 18-14. Mary West / Pat Boni (Ilfracombe) bt Terri Kennard / Barbara Bellamy (Newton Abbot) 24-21. Flo Chown / Penny Gale (Hamyock) bt Pat Lamble / Jean Townsend (Dartmouth) 21-11. Liz Smerdon / Sue Harriott (Madeira) bt Amanda Higginbotham / Sophie Tolchard (Kings) 21-13. Semi-finals: Mary West / Pat Boni (Ilfracombe) bt Pauline Roberts / Joan Hooper (Plymstock) 23-16. Liz Smerdon / Sue Harriott (Madeira) bt Flo Chown / Penny Gale (Hemyock) 25-14. Final: Liz Smerdon / Sue Harriott (Madeira) bt Mary West / Pat Boni (Ilfracombe) 26-15.

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