Desborough quartet lead England to national success

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The Desborough Town quartet of Margaret Watts, Jeannie Flippance, Katie Smith and Rebecca Wigfield have won the Fours title at the British Isles Senior Women’s Championship.

The Desborough rink earned their place in Edinburgh as winners of the English Women’s Fours in Leamington in August last year.

Their campaign in Scotland started with a comfortable 25-12 success over the home country’s rink of Alison Bradford, Valerie Stewart, June Struthers and Pamela McGroary, who conceded after 20 ends.

That excellent win put the county rink in the Championship Final against the fancied team from Wales, who had seen off the challenge of Jersey in a preliminary round before beating Ireland 22-14 in the semi-final.

The Desborough four did have a tighter match against Rhian Jones, Melanie Thomas, Caroline James and Anwen Butten but they secured the title with a 19-13 success.

The England four won 13 of the 21 ends played, and they took the lead on the first end with a count of two and were always in front for the rest of the match.

After five ends they had a 7-3 lead and that had grown to 13-5 just five ends later.

Wales had the better of the next five ends to close the gap to two shots but the last six went the way of the Desborough rink as they picked up five shots to one conceded to wrap up the terrific success.

Those championships were followed by the British Isles Senior Women’s Internationals with both Wigfield and Smith representing England.

Wigfield and Smith were both playing at number two on their respective rinks.

England went down by 20 shots against Scotland in their first game with Wigfield’s rink losing 21-13 and Smith’s by the narrow margin of 22-20.

There was no mistake in the second match, however, as England recorded a huge 180-84 success over Jersey.

Both county players were on winning rinks with Wigfield’s sealing a 36-8 victory while Smith’s eased to a 36-20 win.