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Karen Gant BCGBA Champion 2015

Ladies Week



Below is the report included in the BCGBA Newsletter July 2015


Meltham BC bowler KAREN GANT came through a top class field in the 2015 British Crown Green Ladies Senior Individual Merit to prove a worthy champion on the tough greens at Haunchwood BC, Nuneaton. In the final she got the better of Sarah Fox from neighbours in South Yorkshire 21-15.

There were four former winners in the 64 line-up – Maggie Barnes (North Midlands) 2005, Sarah Hey (Wales) 2007, Maliza Herbert (Warwick & Worcester) 2011 and the defending champion, Nicola Boulton (Mid Cheshire) – with two making early exists, one going out in the second round and one in the semi-finals.

Defending champion, Nicola Boulton, crashed out in the first round to the 2007 winner, Sarah Hey 21-14. Hey herself was so close to reaching the final again but lost out to the eventual winner at the penultimate stage. Maggie Barnes lost 21-16 to Kelly Round (Warwick & Worcester) while after a fairly comfortable 21-11 opening win over Margaret Shore (Greater Manchester) Maliza Herbert bowed out in the second round to Wendy Jackson (Burton & District) 21-15. But the day belonged to the two finalists and in particular the winner Karen Gant.

Gant made her intentions known from the start with an impressive 21-8 opening victory over Caroline Bushell (Cumbria) while Fox outsmarted Mandy Basterfield (Dudley & District) 21-11. In the second round Gant was a comfortable 21-14 winner over Janelle Pertoldi (Greater Manchester) with Fox beating Jennie Adams (North Midlands) 21-16. The last sixteen produced three 21-20 games, a 21-19, a 21-18 and a 21-17 from Gant who faced her toughest game so far in defeating the three-time Champion of Champions winner, Katrina Earl (South Yorkshire). Fox had an easier game in her 21-12 success over Jean Barnes (Wirral).

The quarter-finals through to the final were played on the same green. Gant faced the two-time Junior Merit champion, and fellow Yorkshire colleague, Alicia Ormsby, and progressed to the semi-finals courtesy of a 21-13 victory. Fox also faced Yorkshire opposition in Nichole Farrar and came through a 21-15 winner.

Both semi-finals were close run affairs with Gant ending Sarah Hey’s hopes of adding to her 2007 title with a hard fought 21-19 victory while Fox won a close battle with former Champion of Champions winner, Wendy Jackson (Burton & District), 21-17.

Quarter-Finals: Christine Davies (North Warwickshire) 15 Wendy Jackson (Burton & District) 21; Nichole Farrar (Yorkshire) 15 Sarah Fox (South Yorkshire) 21; Alicia Ormsby (Yorkshire) 13 Karen Gant (Yorkshire) 21; Sarah Hey (Wales) 21 Louise Cotton (Shropshire) 19. Semi-Finals: Wendy Jackson 17 Sarah Fox (South Yorkshire) 21; Karen Gant 21 Sarah Hey 19. Final: Sarah Fox (South Yorkshire) 15 Karen Gant (Yorkshire) 21.

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