Farmer wins Cynthia Tonge Memorial

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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.

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.

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.