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Sisters step into the spotlight at awards

By Nick Elwell | Bowls | Published:

A sister act took centre stage at the joint Shropshire Ladies association and Shrewsbury Ladies League presentation evening.

Proud centurions - sisters Angela Gaut and (left) Helen Clee.

Wrockwardine Wood sisters Angela Gaut and Helen Clee were in the spotlight at Meole Brace BC as they received special awards for making more than 100 appearances for the county team.

“In fact they are actually both well over 100 caps – Shropshire has just kept no records until I sorted it out over last two off seasons!” explained association vice-president Pauline Wilson.

Twice British Ladies Merit winner Gaut made her Shropshire debut in September 1979 against Burton and has played an amazing 161 times.

Clee, another driving force behind Shropshire’s three county championship triumphs since 2008, first appeared in county colours in September 1983 and has played in 139 matches.

St Georges star Sonya Lucas is also a centurion, having played 114 times since June 1989, but was unable to attend.

“She is also well over 100 caps so we’ll probably present her prize at a match next year,” added Wilson, who also made a plea for help.

“If any players from the 1970s and early ‘80s have programmes from those years I’d be really pleased to receive a copy as we definitely have gaps in those early years, particularly for programmes for matches played in Shrewsbury.” she added.

It was another good year for Shropshire, but ended in heartache as they lost the British Ladies county championship final by four shots to Warwick & Worcester.

Meole Brace were crowned as Shrewsbury Ladies League champions, also receiving the County Cup for the third year in a row, while Maddocks took the second division winners trophy.

Annette Harding of Hadley USC pipped Sally Clee (Wrockwardine Wood) ) to the first division averages award thanks to a better aggregate after they both won 17 out of 20 games. while Susie Lawson topped the second division averages.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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