Merrien wastes little time

ALI MERRIEN chalked up another CI women’s singles title – her 13th – but there was disappointment for first-time finalist Steve Le Noury as two busy days of British Isles Championship qualification came to an end at the GIBA Stadium late yesterday afternoon.

Still the queen of CI women’s bowls: Alison Merrien won three titles, including a 13th singles crown. (Picture by Adrian Miller)
Still the queen of CI women’s bowls: Alison Merrien won three titles, including a 13th singles crown. (Picture by Adrian Miller)

Merrien blitzed the experienced Doreen Moon 21-3 in just nine ends, but the other two singles showdowns were competitive, Guernsey’s Catherine Snell edged out by Chloe Greechan 21-18 in the U25 women’s clash and Le Noury suffering a similar scoreline in a tight match with the Scot Scott Baxter.

Saturday’s action had seen the Sarnians win three of the five titles at stake, including a particularly impressive win for the youngsters Ben Harvey and Josh Bonsall in the men’s pairs.

Earlier, there was joy for the home senior men’s fours skipped by Mac Timms, who will have been indebted to the steadiness and control of lead Dave King and Randolph Ogier at three.

The Sunday morning triples session both went the way of the Sarnians, Harvey skipping his team of Dave King and Matt Le Ber to a fine 23-8 win over Cyril Renouf’s trio, while Ali Merrien, Shirley Petit and Carol Ingrouille edged out Moon, Canavan and Greechan 23-17 with the timely help of five shots over the final two ends.

With Josh Bonsall gifted the men’s U25s title, the final weekend scoreline seven Sarnian triumphs to Jersey’s four.

  • More in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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