As Andy Williams once sang….Almost there….
Banbury Central ladies played at the Thame Bowling club this week in the Inter County stage of the Women's National Top Club, for a place in the National finals and lost by the narrowest of margins playing a team from Burnham BC in Bucks who have won the National title twice before.
Central's Carole Galletly got the first point for Central, winning the singles 21-14.
The Triple of Eloise Jones, Mo Cox and Helen Young recovered well from an early deficit of 1-11 to keep the game close with a 13-20 result. One point to Burnham.
The pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion also recovered from early setbacks finding themselves 4-12 down after 9 ends. They picked up a 6 and a 4 to get themselves in the lead at 12 ends and the game was closely contested with Central picking up the last 3 ends to win 21-17. 2-1 to Central and one game left, the fours.
Central's rink of Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Gill Sharpe and Annie Gilkes playing in near darkness came back from a deficit of 8 shots to start the final end only 4 behind and the over-all shots level, but a Hail Mary shot by the opposition skip resulted in a 18-23 score which levelled the game at two disciplines each, but also gave Burnham the match by one shot.