Bisson claims maiden British Isles singles title

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It was Jersey’s first singles championship in the British Isles event.

Playing in the final in Ayr against English champion Julie Saunders, from Hampshire, St Brelade Bowls Club’s Bisson won 21-16 after being pegged back to 20-16 after leading 20-12.

In the pairs final, Jersey’s Gaynor Thomas and Suzie Dingle trailed 17-13 to Wales at mid-day today with two ends to play.

Two doubles will secure an extra end.

Yesterday Bisson, Thomas and Dingle qualified for the women’s singles final, and the pairs final, respectively, in Scotland, although other Island players had mixed fortunes.

Supporters had plenty to cheer today, when the title came Jersey’s way.

Saunders, who stood between Bisson and the coveted British singles title is a 43-year-old sports coach from Hampshire, who beat Welsh champion Jackie Hopkins in a 21-20 thriller yesterday morning.

Bisson excelled in her quarter-final against Irish champion Jennifer Dowds, winning, 21-11, then clinched her final place with a 21-16 victory over Scottish ace Anne-Marie Fletcher, who had won her national title on these very greens in July last year.

‘I was 5-1 down after six ends against Jennifer,’Horman said.

‘But after scoring a single on the seventh, I lengthened the jack, and never looked back.’ Scoring back-to-back trebles, she added a full house of four shots on the 10th end to establish a 12-5 lead, which she remorselessly stretched to 19-9 after 18, before dropping two singles, then won with a double on the 20th.

Bisson was in the lead for most of the game against Fletcher, too, but the Scot got her nose in front at the halfway stage, and it took a great deal of effort for the Jersey star to regain the lead.

‘It was a great game to play in,’ said Bisson last night.

‘But the green got a lot heavier as the ends went by, and it was difficult to adjust.’ On the last end, Fletcher held the shot throughout, until Bisson’s last bowl flicked off a front wood, and pushed one of her own bowls into shot position, and the Scot just could not beat it with the last bowl of the end.

Thomas and Dingle, who were unlucky to miss out on a medal in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, looked in good form as they swept to a 23-14 win over Peterborough pair Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple yesterday morning.

The Jersey pair scored the first nine shots over the first four ends, but were pegged back as the English champions closed to 14-12 by the 11th end, but a strong finish saw Thomas and Dingle score two singles and a four, followed by two more singles, and the English pair threw in the towel after 17 ends.

‘We have no complaints,’ said Popple.

‘We were simply outplayed.

Both Gaynor and Suzie played very well, and fully deserved to win.’ After lunch, Newson and Popple made up for their disappointment when, joined by Newson’s mum, Val, they trounced Carole Allen, Gean O’Neil and Bisson 25-2 in the triples.

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