Jayne Smith – Victorious again and definitely on a roll.
The British Merit Qualifier took place at a cold & windy Onchan green on Sunday afternoon with 9 Ladies participating, thus necessitating 1 prelim which was played between Sandra May (Onchan) & Louise Tebay (Ballaugh). Although the green proved was quite difficult to read, it was level pegging all the way but Louise just edged ahead towards the end to win 21-17.
The quarter finals saw some real tussles and quality bowling with Jayne Smith (Marown) beating Debbie Leece (Marown) 21-13, Kim Hargraves (South Ramsey) beating Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) 21-12 & Sue Gawne (Nobles) beating her Lakers teammate Louise Tebay 21-15. Fiona Kennish (South Ramsey) & Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) had a superb game with Fiona coming out ahead at 21-18.
The semi finals saw Jayne Smith beat Fiona Kennish 21-8 & Sue Gawne beat Kim Hargraves 21-10.
The final between Jayne & Sue saw Jayne get off to a flying start, leading 10-2 before Sue decided it was time to join in. There were some excellent ends in this thoroughly watchable final but Jayne’s experience in short mat shone through & Sue had given herself just a bit too much to do, the final score being 21-18. Thank you to Onchan for their excellent catering & stewarding & to everyone who stayed to support the finalists. At this point we have not been advised of our allocation for the British Senior Merit competition but congratulations Jayne & good luck competing in Lancashire on 8th July.