This was held at Fox Lane. Sue Dace and Kelsey Morgan-Rowlands both got through the first round games but could progress no further.
Sunday 16th saw the final match in the British Ladies County Championship where Wales played North Lancs. and Fylde. The home venue was held at Abergele Bowling Club and hosted by WCGBA President Dusia Price. The away venue was Victoria Bowling Club.
The two sides at the Home venue were pretty evenly matched for most of the game and Wales lost by 14 chalks. The best wins for Wales came in the hands of Hayley Carpenter (Abergele) and Jane Bowler (Conwy) both winning to 21-10.
The Away team had similar fortunes but the gap in the finals score was smaller, with North Lancs. and Fylde nudging ahead by 207 to Wales' 203.
Ladies Team at Abergele
Teams for Wales v North Lancs & Fylde at Abergele BC and Victoria BC now available
There were 22 entries with both Welsh Ladies squad members and non members playing for the Mel Higham Shield.
Referees included Peter Hayes, Alan Davies, Derek Evans and Stan Warburton and the competition was run by Wales CEO Matt Foster, Tournament secretary, Dave Walker and hosted by Dusia Price WCGBA President 2017.
In the opening round, young Nia Jones had a tough game against Linda Williams. Cath Rogers had a comfortable win over Kelly Fleet 21-6, Sue Dace beat Gemma Buxton 21-14. Val Beaumont led a spirited fight back to 17 across against opponent Linda Kirkham, who had led for most of the game, to finally clinch her place in the second round with a score of 21-17. Jane Jones had an excellent game against Belinda Lloyd and a stunning shot on the last end ensured a 21-18 win.
One of the best games of the competition was that between previous winner Olwen Edwards and defending Champion Kelsey Morgan Rowlands. They were well matched, with fortunes shifting from one player to another. The final result was a 21-20 win for Kelsey.
In the semi finals Gay Cooper ( Connah's Quay ) played Miriam Forder ( Rhos Park ) and Sue Dace ( Eirias Park ) played Kelsey Morgan Rowlnads ( Esclusham ) Gay won 21-15 and Kelsey beat Sue 21-17.
In the final, Gay won the toss and got off to a good lead. She was well ahead at 14 points to 6 over defending champion Kelsey. Kelsey fought back to 14-12. Fortune favoured each player from time to time in the match with Gay playing the 'wicked' corner well. Unfortunately, Kelsey was unable to make up any more ground and lost to 21-12. Gay Cooper now represents Wales at the Ladies Champion of Champions at Blackpool later in the season.
For future Ladies Merits, it would be nice to see a bigger entry. There are many more talented lady bowlers in our clubs than the entry this year would imply.