Oxfordshire's Carol Gaskins finished runner-up in the Bowls England Women’s Over 55 Singles at Royal Leamington Spa.

The Oxford City & County veteran was edged out 21-18 by Liz Garritty (Croft, Cumbria) in the decider.

In the semi-finals, she beat Sue Bernard (Felixstowe & Suffolk BC) 21-17.

That came after she squeezed past Pamela Lambshead (Cowplain, Hampshire) 21-19 in the quarter-finals.

Gaskins brushed aside Diane Medhurst (Wolvey, Warwickshire) in the second round after opening her challenge with a 21-14 victory over Pat Holton (Ashcroft, Bedfordshire).

Oxfordshire’s Caroline Campion reached the third round of the National Singles Championships before crashing out 21-3 to Jayne Christie (St Neots, Cambridgeshire).

The Banbury Central bowler had beaten Julie Saunders (Poole Park, Dorset) 21-18 in round two after opening up with a 21-10 victory over Louise Delahay (Kingscroft, Leicestershire).

Banbury Central clubmate Mo Cox went out 21-8 to Gill Cliff (Hewell, Worcestershire) in the first round.

Oxon’s Helen Campion and Charlotte Jacob reached the Women’s 25 & Under Pairs Championship quarter-finals before falling 21-10 to Rachel Winter and Kylie Hampton (Knaphill, Surrey).

Jacob (Oxford City & County) and Campion (Banbury Central) had squeezed past Zoe Shorey and Serena Madgewick (Saffron Ladies, Sussex) 15-14 in round one.


25 & Under Singles Championship prelim round: E Gilkes (Watlington) 6, K Tift (Leighton Buzzard) 21; K Green (Rover Cowley) 7, H Kenny (The Ilford, Essex) 21.

OXFORDSHIRE lost 125-96 to Somerset at Hanborough.

Oxfordshire 96, Somerset 125 (Oxon skips first): S Lacey 28, P Kingston 11; J Berry 15, L Palmer 15; B Pearce 11, M Sutton 28; D Jacob 16, C Pearce 27; S Amos 13, J Young 23; C Lee 13, L Greeves 21.