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Hallett keeps on track for a national four-way quest
DORCHESTER Bowls Club’s Annette Hallett is looking to figure heavily at this year’s National Finals in Melton Mowbray next month.
Her latest triumph came in winning the Ladies’ Pairs Area Final alongside long-time partner Ros Gwatkin as they saw off Yeovil duo Barbara Colby and Margaret Burton in a match played at Moonfleet Indoor Bowls Club.
There was nothing between the teams early on with the score locked at 3-3 after five ends with all players adjusting to the pace of the neutral green.
The Yeovil combination looked on form but Hallett soon began to show her class by consistently delivering bowls of great accuracy to wrest the initiative from Burton as the Dorchester pair began to dominate.
Yeovil trailed 10-5 at halfway and continued to be outsmarted by the Dorchester pair, who moved into a 13-8 lead and then hit a purple patch by winning four ends as Hallett drew to the jack with unerring skill.
With three ends remaining and the gap widened to 21-8 Colby and Burton called it a day. Hallett and Gwatkin now appear in the National Finals later next month.
Earlier in the week, Hallett had also skipped her national triple – playing with mother and daughter Emma and Barbara Follis – to victory in the Area Triples Final at the Dolphin Club.
Playing against Moonfleet bowlers Irene Martindill, Ann Chislett, and skip Kathy Desmond, the match proved a great deal more competitive with the Moonfleet trio taking control of the game to lead 7-1 and 10-3 before Dorchester decided to change the length of the jack.
The tactic paid off as Dorchester gradually closed the gap and eventually eased into a single shot lead at 13-12 with three ends of play remaining.
A knockout count of five shots to Hallett and co, followed immediately by four more shots to Dorchester, proved to be the end of the contest as Hallett posted a slightly flattering winning score of 19-12.
Hallett’s quest to appear at the National Finals in all four of the main ladies’ events continues when she takes her Fours side (Ronnie Stevenson, Carol Baker and Sue Maggs) into battle against the Poole Dolphin quartet, skipped by Penny Cresswell, later this month.
She also still has an interest in the singles event.