EIBA Nationals at Melton: Rednalls reach triples semi-finals

The Ipswich team with the trophy in 2015, from left - Christine Rednall, Katherine Rednall, Anna Chalk EMN-170328-090111002

The Ipswich team with the trophy in 2015, from left - Christine Rednall, Katherine Rednall, Anna Chalk EMN-170328-090111002

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Ipswich mother-and-daughter Christine and Katherine Rednall wasted no time in securing their quarter-final place in the women’s triples on day three of the EIBA national indoor championships at Melton on Monday afternoon.

With Anna Chalk playing mid-rink, the Suffolk trio swept to a massive 32-3 victory over Chigwell’s Carol Crafer, Sandi Davis and Maureen Austin.

But in the evening they struggled to get the better of York’s Zoe Eagles, Helen Wood and Helen Walker, who had earlier outplayed St Neots 24-11.

Wood, who was a non-travelling reserve for the women’s home international series in Belfast earlier this month, plays from a specially adapted wheelchair called a Bradshaw Bowls Buggy, and caught the eye with a good performance mid-rink.

Ipswich were relieved to get home, 15-13, setting up a Sussex v Norfolk semi-final encounter on Tuesday morning against Jane Paris, Sharon Rickman and Jayne Roylance, from North Walsham.

Katherine Rednall, who is only 21, is the reigning WBT Women’s World Matchplay champion, and recently picked up the national Champion of Champions title for the third time.

The Ipswich trio are hoping to win the triples title for the second time, having previously won it in 2015.

In Tuesday morning’s other semi-final, Sue Kearsley, Lesley Waddington and Janice Gower, from the Blackpool Newton Hall club, who scored 43 shots and conceded only 16 on their way to the last four, will face a trio from the South Forest club in Mansfield.

With Karen Chapman and Liz Munro at the front end, and former England international Jeannie Baker at skip, South Forest notched up wins of 19-9 and 26-8 against Bournemouth and Clarrie Dunbar.

* Tuesday’s running order: 9.30am – Men’s Triples semi-finals: Riverain v Atherley; Bedford Borough v Lincoln.

9.30am – Women’s Triples semi-finals: South Forest v Blackpool NH; North Walsham v Ipswich.

1.30pm - Men’s Over 60s inter-county final: Kent v Norfolk.

5.45pm - Men’s and Women’s Triples finals