Grassroots: Barber is a cut above in Double Bowls victory

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Roundwood’s Rachel Barber had never entered an individual competition before but won the Doncaster Bowls Mixed Doubles, writes Graham Garnett.

With Terry Hill of Westfield Park, they faced two other first-time finalists in the competition, Jackie Fraser of Armthorpe Welfare and Ross Meese of Maltby BC.

It looked like being a quick final as first Barber and Hill scored a three, then their opponents did the same.

Another three to Barber and Hill at the third end, and also at the fifth end after Fraser and Meese had scored a single, left the score at 9-4.

Barber and Hill conceded a pair, before winning the next four ends to lead 16-6.

Their opponents won four of the next five ends to close to 17-13, but could only manage one more point as Barber and Hill won three out of four ends for a 21-14 win.

* Denaby Welfare’s Tommy Jones upset the form book to win the Doncaster Individual Merit for the first time, and in doing so he became the first Denaby bowler to win the competition since 1922.

Jones won his first game comfortably, before a narrow win in his second game.

Two more wins saw him reach the final for the first time, where he faced six-time winner John Richardson of Armthorpe Welfare.

Jones shot into a 13-1 after 11 ends. Richardson scored two pairs, but Jones then extended his lead to 16-5. Richardson then got in with two more pairs and won the next five ends in total, to close the gap to 16-12. Jones held his nerve, winning three of the next four ends to lead 20-13. His opponent scored a single and a pair, but Jones scored the point he needed for a deserved 21-16 win.