Sarnian duo in pairs final

LUCY BEERE and Rose Ogier had a perfect day in Cardiff yesterday, with wins over Ireland in the morning and England in the semi-final, to reach the Atlantic Championships women’s final.

Atlantic Championships women's pairs semi-final line-up: (left to right) Rebecca Wigfield and Natalie Chestney (England) with Rose Ogier and Lucy Beere (Guernsey). (24733200)
Atlantic Championships women's pairs semi-final line-up: (left to right) Rebecca Wigfield and Natalie Chestney (England) with Rose Ogier and Lucy Beere (Guernsey). (24733200)

They will face South Africa for the title today at Penylan Club.

The Vale Rec duo started the knockout stage at Dinas Powys with a win over Gemma McClean and Sarah-Jane Curran from Ireland.

The Sarnians had the early lead and by the eighth end led the match 11-2.

On the 12th end the Guernsey pair produced an outstanding end, drawing six bowls into the head, collecting a full house of six for a dominating lead, which Ireland just could not catch.

Guernsey collected a count of five on the 17th end to win the match 26-9 with one end to spare.

In the semi-final they face Rebecca Wigfield and Natalie Chestney from England, Beere having beaten Chestney in the singles semi-final the previous week.

The Guernsey pair again started well with a count of three on the first end and by the sixth end they led 7-2.

However, a disaster on the ninth end saw the Guernsey pair drop a count of five to trial by one.

They bounced back the next end with a count of three, but the turning point was the 13th end when, two down, Beere moved the jack into the ditch to score a count of four to lead by six shots with five ends to play.

A double on the 16th increased the lead and although England won the last two ends, a single and double was not enough as the Ogier-Beere combination progressed to the gold medal medal match 19-16.

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