British Crown Green Bowling Association
BCG Ladies Senior Individual Merit
ANDREA BUCKLEY followed in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Chloe Hirst, to keep the BCGBA Ladies Senior Merit trophy in Yorkshire when the sixty-four county representatives assembled at Tarleton Bowling Club, Lancashire, for this year’s contest.
Buckley defeated the County Average Winners Classic winner, Jordan Picken (South Staffordshire) in the final, 21-14. She clawed back from a 6-1 and 11-9 deficit to lay game at 20-11 only for Picken to deny her victory. Picken moved on to 14 and was lying another two but saw her hopes of a comeback dashed as Buckley played a wonder bowl to clinch the title.
BCGBA Ladies President, Mavis Hancock, commented on the high standard of bowling throughout the day and presented the trophy and prize monies to the final competitors.
Buckley’s first opponent of a long day was against her namesake, Charlotte Buckley from Greater Manchester on Green 1. The champion-elect was always in control in her first-round game as she opened with a 21-12 victory and was then equally impressive in her 21-10 success over Shannon Kernick (Warwick & Worcester) on Green 2 in round two. Back on Green 1, she ran out to game having trailed South Staffordshire’s Vikki Wilson 12-11 to reach the last eight.
Picken meanwhile had a tough start against Debbi Davis from Yorkshire. She was coasting to a first-round victory on Green 2 with 12-5 and 19-11 advantages but was made to wait for victory as Davies fought back to get within a couple of chalks of her opponent at 18-20. In round two she made sure there was to be no repeat as she stormed to a 21-8 defeat of Sarah Edmondson (North Lancs & Fylde) on Green 1 but back on Green 2 she again saw her opponent, Tracy Bound (Shropshire), fight back, this time from 16-9 down, to again get to within two chalks at 14-16. Picken won three of the next four ends, to book her place in the quarter-finals, 21-16.
Just as the first of the quarter-finals were called to the green the Thunder & lightning storm that had threatened made its untimely appearance turning Green 1 into a lake and unplayable. After an hour delay, it was agreed to play the quarter-finals on Green 2, which had cleared with not even a puddle in sight.
Buckley won a hard-fought match with Emily Weaver (Warwick & Worcester) 21-19 having trailed 13-8 at one point and booked her place in the final courtesy of a 21-18 victory of another Warwick & Worcester player, Emily Kernick in which she saw her 18-10 advantage disappear as Kernick levelled at 18 across. Picken certainly found the green to her liking as she defeated Suzy Ladbrooke (Yorkshire) 21-6 and Dudley & District County Secretary, Susan Pugh, 21-8
The two previous winners, Nicola Boulton (Mid Cheshire) and Linda Williams (Wales) both made first-round exits. Boulton lost 21-16 to North Warwickshire’s Liz Buckley while Williams lost out to Shropshire’s Sally King, 21-14, having led 14-12.
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History of the BCG Ladies Senior Individual Merit
|2023 Andrea Buckley (Yorkshire)|
|2022 Chloe Hirst (Yorkshire)|
|2021 Jenny Moore (Isle of Man)|
|2020 No competition|
|2019 Nicola Boulton (Mid Cheshire)|
|2018 Sarah Nicholas (Wales)|
|2017 Kerry Brown (South Yorkshire)|
|2016 Tracy Ryan (Shropshire)|
|2015 Karen Gant (Yorkshire)|
|2014 Nicola Boulton (Mid Cheshire)|
|2013 Helen Gilroy (Yorkshire)|
|2012 Linda Williams (Wales)|
|2011 Maliza Herbert (Warwickshire)|
|2010 Kirsty Darling (Warwickshire)|
|2009 Maliza Herbert (Warwickshire)|
|2008 Catherine Lockwood (North Lancs & Fylde)|
|2007 Sarah Hey (Wales)|
|2006 Betty Phillips (Wales)|
|2005 Maggie Barnes (Coventry & District)|
|2004 Sylvia Smith (Lancashire)|
|2003 Maggie Pailing (Warwickshire)|
|2002 Lynn Pritchatt (South Staffordshire)|
|2001 Debbie Williams (Warwickshire)|
|2000 Lyn Baghurst (South Derbyshire)|
|1999 Beryl Fleming (South Staffordshire)|
|1998 Betty Redman (Warwickshire)|
|1997 Ann Roberts (North Lancs & Fylde)|
|1996 Maggie Pailing (Warwickshire)|
|1995 Pat Davies (Wirral)|
|1994 Lynn Pritchatt (Warwickshire)|
|1993 Ann Roberts (North Lancs & Fylde)|
|1992 Gay Cooper (Wirral)|
|1991 Sheila Cross (Staffordshire)|
|1990 Angela Gaut (Shropshire)|
|1989 Pat Murphy (North Lancs & Fylde)|
|1988 Marion Stewart (North Warwickshire)|
|1987 Kath Sperry (Derbyshire)|
|1986 Doreen Carran (Coventry & District)|