Bowls:Jones and Dingle in CI play-offs

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They are off to Guernsey shortly to do battle for the CI title, the winners of which will represent the CI in Llanelli at the British Isles championships in March.Also decided at the weekend was the line-up for the men’s pairs final; the men’s singles semi-finals and women’s singles final.In the women’s pairs final, Jean Jones and Sue Dingle took an early 6-2 lead which they then increased to 11-3 by the eighth end.

Thomas and Allen then replied with a two, one and a four, to trail 11-10.Leading 12-10, Jones and Dingle collected a five at a crucial moment and won the title 21-18.

Dingle was back on the green immediately to play her singles semi-final against Lindsey Greechan.By eight ends Greechan was in the lead, 8-3, before Dingle narrowed it to 9-8 after 12 ends.

However, a typically determined Greechan went up a gear and took the game 21-8 to earn her place in the final.In the other semi-final Alison Birch led the game from the start against Brenda Foord and won her place in the final 21-5.In the men’s singles quarter-finals, John Lowery and David Le Marquand played a close, entertaining game which was was nip and tuck all the way – 9-all after ten ends, 13-all after 15 and 17-all after 19.Lowery then trailed 18-17 then collected a well-earned three to take the lead 20-17 and, eventually, the win 21-19.Although the scoreline between Thomas Greechan and Will Waymouth suggests a one-sided battle, it wasn’t that simple, for Waymouth made the more experienced player work all the way before Greechan, scoring at every end, won 21-10.In his quarter-final win, David Bowyer was always in the lead against John Hafey, final score 21-14.In the last quarter-final, between past winner Allan Quémard and Alan Shaw, the scores were 9-9 up to the 12th.

Then AQ pulled away to win 21-16.The winners of the ladies and men’s singles automatically earn a place in the WIBC world singles championships in Belfast next April.In the semi-finals of the men’s pairs, last year’s winners, John Hafey and Frank Hambly, were up against in-form players Greechan and Lowery.

After going 9-7 up after 11 ends, the Greechan/Lowery partnership went on to take the game 23-15.Alan Shaw and Allan Quémard trailed 4-7 against Derek Boswell and Gus McKinnon in the other semi-final, but then turned on the heat and took the game in fine style, 26-11.

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