In the pairs Jan Squares & Linda Cornell (Cambridgeshire)
and Wal Kittle & Chris Cook (Suffolk) were beaten in their
semi finals. In the final Kathy Shepherd & Jenny Parnell
(Norfolk) had been playing very well and were part of the winning
rink last year came up against an inspired pair of Michael Laydon
& Martin Cambell from (Sunderland), despite changing carpets
they both kept up their high standards to take an early lead
Kathy & Jenny started to get to grips with the carpet but
it was to late to haul back the deficit and Michael & Martin
ran out deserved winners.
In the rinks Mark Hammond, Dirk & Doreen
Vettewinkel and Vince Miller (Essex & Durham) along with
Rita & Mike Daniels and Kay & Peter Masters (Suffolk)
who won this event in 2007 were beaten semi finalists.
The final was contested by Neil Jolly,
Ally Goodrich, Sally & Jim Goodrich (Suffolk). Neil &
Ally have been part of the winning rink on three previous occasions;
they played Alex & Enid Russell, Daniel Bushe & Marie
This was a final packed with emotion for
the Essex rink as Maries husband Peter sadly died earlier
this year and would have been the fourth member of the rink,
I know Marie was very undecided about coming to the event but
the tremendous support from family, friends and fellow bowlers
persuaded Marie to give it a try and what a good decision that
prove to be.
Many people thought that the Suffolk rink
would be favourites to win but Marie and her team had other ideas
and refused to be second best they played with great skill and
determination throughout and managed to hold off a very competitive
team to run out winners.