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Norma Shaw skippered Thornaby into the quarter-finals of the English Women's Indoor Bowling Association National Championships in Northampton yesterday. Shaw, who has won the singles title a record six times and is bidding for her third triumph in the fours, steered Thornaby into the last eight with an opening day 26-11 victory over York. Mavis Steele, who first played for England outdoors in 1959, led Egham to a tense 17- 16 win over Hitchin side Riverain.

ENGLISH WOMEN'S INDOOR ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Northampton) Fours, Last 16: Prince Arthur (Y Wallington) bt Wisbech (J Dawson) 25- 20; Egerton Park (J Williams) bt Newquay (O West) 22-14; Thornaby (N Shaw) bt York (P Napier) 26-11; South Forest (P Oliver) bt North Walsham (M Smith) 26-11; Tye Green (J Grainger) bt Minehead (J Murrell) 23-10; Egham (M Steele) bt Riverain (S Page) 17-16; Arun (W Adams) bt Tilbury (A Score) 28-14; Croydon (E Vigor) bt Erdington Court (J Caerns) 18-15.

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