Ashington trio shine on England duty

Ashington Short Mat Bowls Club members Kathryn Hoole, Yvonne Tolley and Gillian Weston gave a good account of themselves on England duty.

The trio were called up for the return leg of the England Ladies Select Team’s match against Armagh Ladies, and along with fellow Sussex bowler Brenda Jones, acquitted themselves well against strong opposition.

The Irish team ran out 65 – 47 with shots 567 to 533 in an excellent exhibition of bowling.

Ashington SMBC chairman Allen Tolley said: “We have never had this many before, Gillian represented England last year, but this is a first for us. We are very fortunate to have three players representing England, and we are very proud.

“It was competitive and very enjoyable.

“It’s a very happy club, it has the benefit of competitive sport and also the social side as well.”

Elsewhere, Billingshurst-based The Martlets took all the points on offer from their trip to Mannings Heath.

In a notoriously difficult fixture, the defending West Sussex County League champions picked up a maximum 6-0 victory.

Marion Rolph,Chris Blackman,Mel Lillywhite and Marc Lancaster took an early lead against Ken Williams’ Mannings Heath rink, going 12-3 up at ten ends.

The second half of the match proved to be closer, however, but the visitors still finished 20-14 winners.

A great showing from The Martlets’ other rink of Chris Rolph, Colin Groome, Jack Rollings and Malcolm Rollings also saw them win their contest.

A count of six on the sixth end helped the visitors beat John Burton-Gow’s team 27-15.

Meanwhile, the Martlets’ Jack Rollings has earned a place English National Under 18s Singles Finals in Bromsgrove in March after going unbeaten at the Sussex qualifier, beating Chanctonbury Foxes’ Adam Homewood in the final.