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Rainham Ladies are the Top Club at long last

PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 August 2017

Rainham stormed to a 4-0 victory over Great Baddow in the final of the Essex Top Club competition

Rainham stormed to a 4-0 victory over Great Baddow in the final of the Essex Top Club competition

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After two final defeats Rainham finally lifted the prestigious county Top Club trophy

Mighty Rainham ladies lifted the county Top Club crown in style on Tuesday with an impressive whitewash of Great Baddow in the final at Brentwood Bowls Club.

The Rainham team had been runners-up in the prestigious competition for the past two years, but there was no stopping them this time.

Both the semi-final and the final were held on the same day in a change to the usual format, but it did give them a chance to gain revenge on the teams that beat them in the last two finals.

Runwell Hospital were beaten in the semis, with only the triples being narrowly defeated in a 3-1 win for Rainham.

And then it was Great Baddow, who beat them in the final two years ago, who they met in the decider.

“We played at Brentwood because they have two greens and so we played our semi-final on the bottom green,” said Rainham’s Elaine Scarborough.

“For the final we played on the bottom green again, but they changed the green round so there was no real advantage for us.”

In that big final, Veronica Boylen got them off to a good start with a 21-15 win in the singles against Alison Smart, while she was backed up by Sue Wild and Scarborough herself in the pairs as they got the better of Phyllis Bridge and Jill Polley by 23-16.

Elaine Evers, June Linehan and Shirley Bell sneaked home in the triples by 18-15, before the match and the trophy was secured in the fours.

Cheyenne Blackmore, Sandra Cooper, Lynn Farrugia and Val Cheney won emphatically by 28-10.

“We were up against Jill Polley in our pairs match, so it was nice to beat her and we did it well,” she said.

“We lost to Great Baddow in the final at Gidea Park a couple of years ago and I think the pairs were the only winners, so this was very nice to get one over them at last.

“It has been a long time coming, but we were all absolutely delighted to win the match, and to win it 4-0 meant it was in style.”

It certainly was, but Rainham’s hopes of going further in the National Top Club were dashed when they had to pull out of their inter-county round match.

Having been given a walkover in their Area Final against Wanstead Central, they were drawn against Parkway club from Peterborough.

“We were struggling for dates with so many of our players going up to Leamington, so unfortunately, in the end we had to let the match go, which is a shame,” said Elaine.

Better luck next year.

Meanwhile, things did not go quite so well at county ladies finals day in Harlow on Saturday.

Farrugia, Linehan and Bell were pipped 16-15 by Clockhouse team Stella Britton, Myra Smith and Rebecca Smith in the triples final.

While, Farrugia and Val Chaney were beaten 21-15 by Drums duo June O’Neill and Serena Madgewick.

Elm Park’s fours team of Pat Hough, Pat Taylor, Carol Woodward and Jean Hough lost 21-17 to Runwell Hospital, while the Houghs and Jill Hatch also missed out in the semis of the Benevolent Triples, losing 18-5 to Holland on Sea.

Upminster-based Clockhouse had a good day though as they added to that triples win, when Rebecca Smith won the two-wood singles, beating Joan Evans of Arclight 15-10.

All will make their way to Leamington though from the main county finals as Essex will have three representatives in each event.

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