Saturday 27 May saw the Ladies Triples Quarter Finals and Semi Finals taking place at Chippenham Town to decide which two teams represent BW at Leamington Spa in August.
In the top half of the draw in their bid to become Wiltshire B was:
Karen Funnell, Jean Collier and Carol Grenfell from Box vs Chris Mitchell, Julie Jones and Alison Fail from Purton
Barbara Shepheard, Jan Bodin and Viv Baskerville from Chippenham Town vs Glenda Hibberd, Dawn Toomer and Cathy Burrows from Wilton
The first game always looked like it was going to be a close game between Box and Purton. At the halfway point it was very close as the Purton triple led Box 8 shots to 7 despite Purton’s early lead of 6-0 after 2 ends. However, after a big count of 6 on the 10th end followed by another big count of 5 on the 16th end saw the Purton triple book their place in the afternoon’s semi final with a 22-14 win.
The second game was very similar in many respects with the Chippenham Town team taking an impressive early 10-0 lead after 5 ends. However, the Wilton triple soon found their form and after 12 ends the score was only 13-9 to Chippenham Town. However, Viv and her triple again turned up the heat with a 3 on the 13th end and finishing with a 4 on the 18th end to finish with a 21-13 win for the Chippenham Town triple.
In the bottom half of the draw and trying to book their place as Wiltshire A are:
Joan Long, Heather Pope and Marlene Aylward from Malmesbury vs Debbie Shadwell, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs from Box
Jayne Croston, Carol Coombes and Linda Whittingham from Westlecot vs Di Kerley, Sandy Hall and Margaret Annetts from Salisbury
In the next game it looked like it was going to be another close game between Malmesbury and Box. At the halfway point it was very close as the Box triple led 9 shots to 6. However, after a string of shots for the Box triple they ran out winners 19-9.
The final quarter final saw a close match from start to finish. After 6 ends the Westlecot triple led Salisbury 7 shots to 4. After another third of the match Salisbury had rallied and the score sat at 9 shots each. However, after Salisbury picked up 6 shots from ends 14 to 17 they ran out eventual winners 15-11.
In the afternoon’s first semi final saw the Purton triple taking on the resident Chippenham Town triple. Unfortunately the game turned out to be relatively one-sided with Purton leading 10-4 at the halfway point. Purton continued with their strong form to run out 17-8 winners after 17 ends.
The second semi final looked to be a brilliant match and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Box triple came out of the traps flying taking a 7-0 lead after 5 ends. However, with a place at Leamington up for grabs the Salisbury triple held their heads up high and picked up a string of 9 shots on ends 9 to 12 to take a 10-9 lead. Not to be bested the Box triple then replied with a count of 3 and single on the next two ends to take a 13-10 lead after 14 ends. The final few ends were incredibly tense and saw Salisbury rally and pick up 5 unanswered shots to win the last semi final 15-13 and take their place as Wiltshire A at the National Finals in August.