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Doubles stars book Blackpool ticket

By David Banner | Bowls | Published:

One of the youngest, yet already prolific doubles partnerships in Shropshire bowls have won the Dave Card Memorial Rose Bowl – and with it tickets to Blackpool.

Dave Card Memorial Rose Bowl semi-finalists, from left, Sally Clee, Jamie King, Sian Skelton, Aaron King

Jamie King and Sally Clee celebrated the news that they are expecting their first child by winning the county association’s mixed doubles at Allscott, the qualifying competition for the British Centenary Mixed Pairs at the Waterloo on October 1.

The Bowring-Wrockwardine Wood combination had already won the Mid Shropshire Mixed Doubles earlier in the season, and this latest success on Sunday came at the expense of Jamie’s younger brother, Aaron, and Sian Skelton in the final.

They beat their fellow Bowring-Wrockites rivals 21-16 to come out on top of 14 entries on a warm summer’s day, avenging their defeat at the hands of Aaron and his dad Phil in the final of the Dixon Driscoll Doubles in June.

“The early exchanges in the final were even with the score eight across until Jamie and Sally made a break to lead 16-10,” said organiser, county comps chief Mike Potter.

“Sian and Aaron King almost levelled it, but the game was soon over as Jamie and Sally finished it off at 21-16 to give them the title.”

The new champions had raced through their semi-final against Sally’s uncle and aunt, clubmates Allan and Angela Gaut, 21-5 while Sian & Aaron were nearly as quick in beating Wrockites Sarah Weaver & Martin Gaut 21-9.

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