Onchan Commissioners’ Ladies’ Doubles

There was an entry of thirteen pairs for the Onchan Commissioner’s ladies’ doubles played on Wednesday 19 July. The competition started in cloudy conditions with the rain biding its time till the start of the semi-finals when a short heavy shower was followed by fine drizzle for the remainder of the afternoon.
Quarter-finals: Margaret Tasker and Tricia Bull 21, Elaine Dewhirst and Lil Smith 15; Lin Ruscoe and Paula Firth 21, Barbara Young and Joy Stephens 12; Elaine and Jenny Moore 21, Linda Dobinson and Ann Hollingworth 7; Lyn Bolton and Philippa Taylor 21, Josie Harding and Flo Price 14.
In the first semi-final, although both pairs played some good woods, Margaret and Tricia had the edge, winning 21-13, while it was a similar story in the other where Lyn and Philippa were unable to reproduce their form from earlier rounds, Elaine and Jenny progressing to the final with a score of 21-14.
In the final Jenny and Elaine made the better start with two 2’s taking them to 10-6 after two ends, when Tricia and Margaret got three singles to close the gap to 9-10. From that point, despite some good bowls from the Port St Mary pair, the pair from South Ramsey had the upper hand, allowing the southerners to record just one more single, coming through to win 21-10.
Libby Andrade thanked all those who had entered and all the Onchan Girls who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon, before introducing Anthony Allen, Chairman of the Onchan Commissioners, to present the prizes