Smith and Haugh prove to be just two good in pairs decider; LADIES BOWLS.
PAT Smith and Heather Haugh (Ryton) took the honours in the Northern Women's Bowling Association's Bella Clough Two-Bowls Pairs competition.
Losing finalists were Association president Irene Brown (Walker) and Irene Stobbs (Heaton).
This was the Association's final charity event of the season and rounds were played to 12 ends.
In the last eight, Janet Gray and Celia Connelly (Ravensworth) were in deep trouble at 0-14 (six ends) against Smith and Haugh. They recorded three shots on the next end but finally succumbed 19-3. Elaine Hunter and Janet Diball (Ryton) were always ahead against Pauline Foster and Rhoda Davidson (Ravensworth) to eventually prevail 11-6 with an end unplayed.
Joan Moss and Kay Cromarty (Ravensworth) were dominant against Pauline Thompson and Moira Bowerman (Heaton) as they won 19-5. Brown and Stobbs limited Joan Bell and Ann Stevenson (Gosforth Empire) to only three shots to win 13-3 with an end unplayed.
Ryton club-mates challenged each other in the semi-finals but Smith and Haugh came through against last year's finalists Hunter and Diball.
Steady play kept them in the lead and they triumphed 12-7 (11 ends).
Moss and Cromarty pushed Brown and Stobbs all the way in their semifinal with level scoring of 5-5 (four ends) and 7-7 (seven ends). Further close play resulted in a two-shot advantage to Brown and Stobbs going into the last end and they scraped through 11-10.
Smith and Haugh faced Brown and Stobbs in the final.
The Walker/Heaton paid had their noses in front 4-3 at halfway.
No further scoring came their way, however, as steady play by Ryton's duo saw them progress on each of the remaining ends to triumph 11-4 (11 ends).