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Nerves frayed during bowls quarter-finals
THERE were some close matches in the Stan Hardman League quarter-finals at Hook.
AWRE won on two rinks but they contravened rule eight that stipulates all players have had to play three matches in the season to be eligible so Andover won 3-2, winning on shots 48-42.
In the other match, Howard Park held the upper hand until the last two woods on two rinks were bowled.
With her last wood, Linda Hayward took out Park’s holding shot, giving Whitchurch victory on her rink.
Park’s deciding rink were two down on the last end and were holding three shots before the Whitchurch skip fired with his last wood, leaving Park holding just one shot, but needing two for the draw that would take them through.
Pam Wescombe played an almost perfect shot, but unfortunately moved the jack just a few inches, enough to bring the nearest Whitchurch wood into play and so they went down by the one shot.
The overall score saw Whitchurch win 4-3 with the shot count 46-44.
At Howard Park, Fleet United Cygnets beat Alton Social 43-40 and hence won 5-2, while Cove came out on top over Four Marks 58-41 and again won 5-2.
Kingsclere Quails clinched second spot in Whitchurch League Division One after beating Hyde Abbey 68-35, while Howard Park are third, having gone down to Littleton Leopards (56-37).
With two good wins within the week, the Leopards stay in the division, as Andover A and Hook Badgers are relegated.
Division Two is virtually complete and unless St Mary Bourne Eagles do something unexpected, Oakley A and Alton Social will fight it out to see who will be champions.
At the bottom, both Kingsclere Partridges and Thornycroft are heading for the drop unless Oakley B fail in their last two matches.
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