Farmer wins Cynthia Tonge Memorial

Debbie Farmer won a thrilling final 21-20 against Katrina Earl to claim victory in the 2016 Cynthia Tonge Memorial at Armthorpe Welfare Bowling Club.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 5:00 am

Farmer, making her first appearance in the final, qualifies for the BCGBA Ladies Champion of Champions at Blackpool in September as a result of her win.

She safely negotiated no fewer than five rounds to book her place in the last two, a run which included another 21-20 success at the first round stage against Gayle Riley.

Earl, hoping to emulate her win in 2014, similarly had to hold her nerve in the semi-final, seeing off Wendy Jackson by a single point.

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The final, played in horrendous weather conditions, had all the ingredients of being a very closely-fought affair between two South Yorkshire Ladies teammates, and that is exactly how it turned out.

It was 6-6 and 12-12 before Farmer went 19–15 up, only for Earl to level it at 20-20.

But it was Farmer who played a brilliant running bowl to take out Earl’s counting bowl to claim the title.

The event raised £400 for charity, to be shared between Weston Park cancer charity and Marie Curie.