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June 9th, 2013:

Oxford City & County and OUP pairs qualify for Leamington

Ladies Pairs Semi final Winners 2013Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) along with first time qualifiers Sheila Hessey and Gill Lambourne (Oxford University Press) won their county pairs semi finals at Henley-on-Thames to book a place at the National Championships played at Leamington in August.

Hawes and Knight faced last year’s champions, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central), in the quarter finals. The game as expected was a close fought game with Hawes and Knight managing to claim a 3 shot victory. Hessey and Lambourne played Doris Clifton and Carol Morgan (Woodstock) in another close run game where they were able to win by 2 shots.

Hawes and Knight found the semi finals no easier when they faced fellow club mates Sue Mayo and Jeanette Berry. On the last end of the game Hawes and Knight were two down on the head and game down. Fortunately Knight managed to break up the head to take it to a measure which they lost to force an extra end in which they managed to score that all important shot. Meanwhile Hessey and Lambourne started strong racing to a 11 – 0 lead against Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) but after a change of jack length Gaskins and Penson found themselves back in the game. Hessey and Lambourne managed to find their earlier form to claim an 8 shot victory and booking their first ever visit to Leamington.

Full Results
Quarter finals: D Clifton & C Morgan 13 – S Hessey & G lambourne 15, C Gaskins & C Penson 25 – M Major & P Clarke 16, K Hawes & D Knight 17 – C Galletly & C Campion 14, S Mayo & J Berry 19 – S Amos & P Shepherd 17.
Semi Finals. S Hessey & G lambourne 25 – C Gaskins & C Penson 17, K Hawes & D Knight 19 – S Mayo & J Berry 18.