After the dreadful weather experienced for the league matches on Friday night, it was warm and sunny for the playing of the Gladys Cowell over 60’s ladies’ singles at Peel on Saturday 12 May.
A strong field of 30 produced some fine bowling on what is always considered a tricky green.
The quarter-finals were all close, with home greener Shirley Corrin at one point leading Elaine Moore 20-16, at which point the more experienced player dug deep to come through 21-20. Another battle saw Janet Monk appear to be in control, having the lead over Mary Moffatt from the tenth end onwards to reach 18-15, but Mary does not give in easily and clawed back to win the match 21-19.
Quarter-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Shirley Corrin 20; Lin Ruscoe 21, Margaret Tasker 17; Joyce Kelly 21, Ann Gale 15; Mary Moffatt 21, Janet Monk 19.
The first semi-final saw Elaine off to a flyer against Lin, reaching 16-8 after eight ends. Lin won seven of the next nine ends to close to 16-19,but could not hold off Elaine who came through to win 21-16.
The second semi-final saw team-mates Joyce and Mary facing each other in what proved to be an epic battle. Mary led 16-13 before Joyce won the next four ends to edge 17-16 in front, Mary was 20-19 up when Joyce’s two saw her through 21-20.
Semi-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Lin Ruscoe 16; Joyce Kelly 21, Mary Moffatt 20.
The final produced some excellent woods from two contrasting players, the scores being even for the first ten ends, at which point Joyce took a two point lead on the next two ends,. The match hinged on the next passage of play, with Elaine scoring seven on the next five ends to lead 19-15. Although Joyce scored two more points it was not enough and Elaine ran out the winner 21-17.
The presentation was made by Heather Horsburgh, who thanked Nigel Rawlinson for his continued sponsorship of the event and all the ladies’ from Peel Sunset who had helped in any way to make the afternoon a success.