Bowls: Dennis lends a hand: Borrowed woods are winner in pairs contest

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Borrowed woods are winner in pairs contest

ANN DENNIS, playing with borrowed bowls, helped Carol Branchett, her Milton Regis club-mate, into the final of the Liverpool Victoria EWBA Pairs Championship at Royal Leamington Spa yesterday.

Dennis left her own bowls at her Sittingbourne home and had to use a set two sizes bigger, but she and Branchett beat Bletchley Town's Irene Wickham and Marjorie Rose 22-13. They face June Boosey and Kay Havord of Hatfield in today's final.

Dennis was dismayed, however, when the owner of the bowls asked for them to be returned so that he could play in a competition. 'I had to shell out pounds 70 to buy a second-hand set from the trade stand,' she said.

Lynne Whitehead, the Norfolk junior international, moved into the semi-finals of the two-wood singles championship - but there her run ended as she fell 14-10 to Kent's Val Chatfield, who now meets Crawley's Kathie Scott in today's final.