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History Made By First All-Girl Final

posted Jun 15, 2016, 5:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 2:27 AM by stephen wall ]

It’s tough following in the footsteps of a Shropshire bowls star – but Susie Lawson is making it look easy.

The 13-year-old daughter of county senior team star Rich Lawson, who has just retained the County Handicap crown, added to her own list of honours by triumphing in the  League’s Under-15 Merit.

She won what is believed to be the first all-girl final in the history of the competition, beating Emma Massey-Jones of Newport 21-8 on the afternoon of Sunday 121 June at Allscott.

Susie, who bowls for Bowring and Prince Hotel, had accounted for defending champion Harry Church (Sinclair) 21-18 in the semi-finals of an event that was rained into submission on the original date of May 7.

And Nesscliffe-based Susie, a pupil at the Corbet School in Baschurch who is already a key member of the Shropshire junior team and in the Shropshire Ladies squad, got her hands on the trophy by running out from 12-8 in the final.

She joins the likes of Chelsea Gregory, Jodie Rutter, Cheryl Caswell and Holly Bishton as girl winners of it and clearly – like her dad - has a big future in the sport.

Emma beat fellow county junior team bowlers Tom Killen of Shifnal 21-14 in her semi-final and took an early lead in the final, but Susie was not to be denied as she received the trophy from League President Mike Potter after organiser Phil King had made a speech of thanks to everyone involved.