By Liam Moakes 17/07 Updated: 17/07 12:52
IT WAS another fantastic week for the men and women of Broadway Bowling Club.
Andrew Walters and Steve Aldren moved into the final of the County Pairs competition with a hard fought win over Richard Payne and Dave Maxwell from Chester Road, thus winning a place at the National Championships at Worthing later in August, whilst the ladies were successful in five of the six County Finals played at Barbourne BC on Saturday, ensuring they go to Leamington as county champions.
After eight ends it did not look good for Walters and Aldren as they trailed the Chester Road pair 13-2 but a change in the jack length enabled them to close the gap before they picked up six shots to reduce the deficit to two.
From then on they were in the ascendancy and went into the last end four shots to the good. Aldren bowled a good end to hold three shots before Payne trailed the jack to give them the shot but he was unable to add to it, going down 24-21.
Broadway were represented in all disciplines when the ladies competed at Barbourne on County Finals Day.
Sue Davies and Amy Stanton got them off to a good start in the Champion of Champions and U25 Singles by beating S Simcoe from Lilleshall 21-6 and Sophie Inchley from Gilt Edge 21-12 respectively.
Viv Hall and Yvonne Hopkins comfortably beat M King and L Hine from Malvern Victoria 27-9 in the Pairs and then in the County Singles Finals Sue Davies got the better of Amy Stanton 21-12.
Broadway were represented by Betty Mansion, Trish Emms and Yvonne Hopkins in the Triples but they went down 19-11 to the Overbury triple skipped by M Norman.
In the final event Lynne Bowen, Joan Parfitt, Viv Hall and Sue Davies enjoyed another convincing 25-10 win against Barbourne in the rinks to make it a red letter day for Broadway.
On Saturday evening the men played their area final in the National Two Rink against Suffolk Square from Cheltenham.
In a game that went to the final end again and suffered a 40-minute delay after the green was waterlogged by a cloudburst with three ends remaining, Broadway eventually edged through by four shots, 39-35.
Steve Aldren's rink lost heavily to John Roach's rink 26-8 but Andrew Walters' rink were in superb form as they raced away from their opponents to win 31-9, giving Broadway a four-shot win.
They are now in the regional play-offs and will face either Chandos Park BC or Chesham BC for a place at Worthing in the National Championships later in August.
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