SCGBA Mixed Doubles Competition
played on the green of Donnington Woood BC on Sun. 30th June 2019.
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton 21-20 John Clarke & Helen Clee
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton 21-14 Martin & Angela Gaut
Rich Morris & Cheryl Caswell 21-16 Mark & Emma Shore
Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan 21-10 Jamie King & Sally Clee
Dave & Juliette King 21-16 Stuart & Jackie Rutter
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton 21-10 Rich Morris & Cheryl Caswell
Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan 21-18 Dave & Juliette King
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton 21-14 Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan
The 9 entries arrived at Donnington Wood on blustery yet sunny day to contest the mixed doubles competition for the Dave Card Rose Bowl and, for the champions, a ticket to the Centenary Doubles finals day in Lancashire, later in the season.
In a pre-lim game, watched by the other competitors, John Clarkr & Helen Clee took control of the jack to take a 13-3 lead over Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton and went on to 18-7 before they stalled and Dan & Sian finished the game by taking 10 of the last 11 ends, winning 21-20.
Highlights of the quarter finals
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton took advantage of their playing in a pre-lim as they moved from 9-0 to 15-8 as Martin & Angela Gaut struggled to get going and maintained their lead through to winning 21-14.
Rich Morris & Cheryl Caswell went from 4-4 to lead Mark & Emma Shore 13-6 before they hit back and levelled the game again 15-15, however, a full house 4 at the next end proved decisive for Rich & Cheryl to win 21-16.
Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan turned a slender 8-7 lead into 18-7 over Jamie King & Sally Clee in four ends and then matched them to finish 21-10 winners.
Dave & Juliette King forged into leads of 13-5 and 17-6 and despite Stuart & Jackie Rutter hitting three triple scoring ends, Dave & Juliette held on to win 21-16.
Highlights of the semi finals
Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton began strongly to go 11-3 up before Rich Morris & Cheryl Caswell tried closing te gap, however from 11-8 Dan & Sian pushed on to 19-8 before finishing it off 21-10.
An evenly matched Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan and Dave & Juliette King shared the first dozen ends to tie 9-9
Then Rich & Molly went on a run to lead 15-11 and after Dave & Juliette had a run of their own, Rich & Molly went through from 15-18 to win 21-18.
Highlights of the Final
Early exchanges in the final saw Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton dominate the game using a 24 metre mark up and down the middle of the green to good effect as they raced to 9-0 (6 ends), 16-3 (13 ends) and 19-5 (18 ends) before Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan eventually got onto their preferred corner to corner length and clawed their way into the game but could not keep it long enough as Dan & Sian eventually ended the contest 21-14(24ends)
Competition Secretary, Mike Potter thanked host club, Donnington Wood for supplying a quality green and refreshments before asking county President Mike Beckett to present the prizes to the competitors and finally the Dave Card Rose Bowl to the worthy champions, Dan Taylor & Sian Skelton.
Due to player unavailability, runners up Rich Lawson & Molly Sullivan will represent Shropshire on 5th October in the finals day of the BCGBA Centenary Mixed Doubles.