Merrien sets her sights on the double

ALISON MERRIEN, who has 'been there and done that', could break new ground at the Stanley indoor bowls club in County Durham today.

Merrien sets her sights on the double

History will be made if she manages to do the double by winning the British Isles women's singles and pairs titles, and she is looking forward to giving it her best shot, along with her dependable team-mate Shirley Petit.

'I've won the singles five times already, and the pairs three times, but I've never won both of them in the same season, and it would be great to achieve the double,' Merrien said.

In this morning's singles final, Merrien faces a youthful challenge from Belfast's Irish champion Chloe Watson, who is only 17, but who showed her potential by beating English champion Sarah Seymour, 21-7, in the semi-finals.

Ireland also provide the opposition in the pairs final, which will be played after lunch, when Petit and Merrien will have to be wary of the escapology skills demonstrated in the semi-finals by Belfast's Cliodhna Edaie and Sandra Bailie.

  • More in Wednesday’s Guernsey Press.

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