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Atherley bowls girls cap season
8:10am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
RUNAWAY league winners Atherley capped their season with two trophies in the finals of the Southampton and District Women’s BA Championships, topped by Anne Pearce’s triumph in the William Day singles.
An internal Atherley affair at Pirrie Park saw Pearce produced a sprint finish to defeat Margaret Darkin 21-18. Darkin – the 2012 Champion of Champions – led 14-8 and, though brought back to 15 apiece, she went 18-15 up before Pearce staged a four-end finale to snatch the honours.
However, Darkin took her revenge the following day with Jean Arnaud when they shaded Pearce and Wendy Line 16-15 after an extra end in the William Day pairs.
When Arnaud and Darkin posted a double on the 19th to go 15-10 in front they had one hand on the trophy.
Their advantage looked secure when Line thought she couldn’t reach the jack tucked behind a thicket of woods on the 20th.
But the former England skip has performed miracles in the past and did so once more with a beauty which squirmed through the head for a double.
At 15-12 Pearce and Line still needed a three on the final end – and they got it by the slimmest of margins following a double measure from the tape of umpire Helen Springett.
On the additional end Line held two shots until the elegant Darkin nudged a wood into the head and then added a toucher for two. In came Line with a last-gasp effort that picked up the jack – only for it to rest closest to an opposition bowl.
Bowls review in today's Daily Echo by David Briers
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