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Bowls in Dilhorne

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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It was a case of third time lucky for Dilhorne Ladies' Janet Salmon in the Sentinel Rose Bowl final.

She battled tenaciously beat Liz Rowley (Bucknall Private) 21-20 on the Meir Social green to claim the trophy, which before has narrowly eluded her grasp at the final stage.

Salmon had to use all her skills to beat Dilhorne team mate Chris Adams 21-20 in an equally tense semi-final, which set up a decider with Rowley, who had beaten Salmon's niece, Laura Hallsworth, in the last four.

A delighted Salmon said afterwards: "I've finished runner-up twice before and I had to do it the hard way this time around, beating my team mate Chris and then a great county bowler in Lizzy.

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"I've been bowling with Chris for 20 years, but I wouldn't say that was any help when we went head-to-head. It was nip and tuck all the way and I just ended ahead.

"The final was the same. They were both really hard games. It was close all the way through, but thankfully I was able to get the win in the end."

Earlier in the month, Salmon and Hallsworth had bowled together to finish runners-up in the Dorothy Pierce Memorial Trophy.

Salmon confessed: "I've not been playing particularly well. You have good years and bad years, but I'm glad I was able to come good when it mattered in the Rose Bowl. We've had a good couple of years as a team with Dilhorne and a few of the girls have also won this trophy as individuals. It's nice to join them on the honours board."

Meanwhile, Salmon's Dilhorne team mates Carol Matthews and Stacey Brown have eased through to the third round of the Sentinel Fodens Doubles in their defence of the trophy.

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