CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLS ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE – 9 January 2011
Inter County Championship
On Sunday Cornwall hosted Somerset in the final round of ESMBA Inter County Championship group games at the Dragon Leisure Centre, Bodmin.
Cornwall started strongly in the Premier team match with wins in the Singles for Nigel Nicholls (16-13) & Peter Hore (19-8) and in the Pairs for Gillian Cawrse & Percy Tripp (10-7) and Karen Watson & David Studden (15-6). Somerset hit back in the second session to claim three of the four games, Cornwall recording two points thanks to a comprehensive 16-2 win in the Triples for Joe Coups, Ken Horrell and Brian Wakeley. At the halfway point Cornwall lead 10-6 together with the shots advantage in the Singles, Pairs and Triples and looked on course to overall Somerset in the final group standings.
Session Three saw Somerset again win three games, Cornwall’s only points coming from Nigel Nicholls with a second win of the day in the Singles (14-9). Cornwall held on for the bonus points in the Singles but were unable to prevent Somerset taking the Pairs leaving the match score at 14-14 with a session to play. Cornwall entered the last session needing 10 of the 12 points on offer to overhaul Somerset in the final group standings. Cornwall claimed two wins, Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott & Kevin Williams (16-5) in the Triples and Roy Christophers, Graham Luke, Ronnie Thomas & Chris Roberts (8-6) in the Fours and a draw for Carolyn Stanley, Carol Ford, Pam Williams & Graham Ford (7-7) in the Fours. Cornwall secured the Triples bonus points with Somerset taking the Fours. The final match score being Cornwall 21 points 179 shots Somerset 19 points 160 shots leaving Cornwall in the bottom spot and facing a Preliminary Round match in the Consolation competition on the weekend of February 5 & 6.
SCORES - Singles
N Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 16-13 & 14-9; P Hore (Holmans) 19-8 & 10-18
G Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & P Tripp (Helston) 10-7 & 11-14; K Watson (Holmans) & D Studden (Illogan) 15-6 & 7-18
E Daniell (Holmans), N Truscott (Holmans) & K Williams (Porthleven) 7-11 & 16-5; J Coups (Illogan), K Horrell (Withiel) & B Wakeley (Ladock) 16-2 & 11-13
Carolyn Stanley (St Newlyn East), Carol Ford (St Newlyn East), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East) & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) 8-10 & 7-7; R Christophers (Helston), G Luke (Ladock), R Thomas (Porthleven) & C Roberts (Ladock) 4-13 & 8-6
Table – Premier
P W D L Pts
Devon 6 5 0 1 149
Dorset 6 4 0 2 128
Somerset 6 1 0 5 105
Cornwall 6 2 0 4 98
Cornwall’s A team went into the match holding top spot with an 11 point margin over Somerset in the group standings and after a narrow defeat away to Somerset back in September would have been expecting to not only maintain but extend the margin. Somerset however appeared to be much more the determined team dominating the two morning sessions to lead 13 points to three at the half way point together with the shots advantage in all four disciplines. Cornwall’s points during the morning recorded by Tony Baldwin (19-13) in the Singles and Bon Williams, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (7-7) in the Triples.
The third session saw a mini revival from Cornwall who claimed three wins thanks to Graham Reeves (15-10) & Tony Baldwin (11-8) in the Singles and Miriam Barbery & Brenda Sleep (13-11) in the Pairs. Cornwall secured the bonus points from the Singles with Somerset taking the Pairs to leave the score at Cornwall 11 Somerset 17 with a session to play. The revival was short lived though as Somerset claimed all four games in the final session of Triples and Fours together with the respective bonus points to complete a comprehensive win. The final score reading Cornwall 11 points 155 shots Somerset 29 points 185 shots. Cornwall’s disappointing day was further compounded with the news from Dorset that Devon had recorded a 29-11 away win to push Cornwall into third place in the final standings. The A Team will also now go into their respective Consolation competition where they will be seeking a third win in five years.
SCORES - Singles
G Reeves (Saltash) 8-16 & 15-10; T Baldwin (Liskeard) 19-13 & 11-8
S Hodge (Liskeard) & B Sharp(Dobwalls) 9-14 & 12-18; M Barbery (Dobwalls) & B Sleep (Dobwalls) 8-12 & 13-11
T Jago (Treviscoe), J Ward (Withiel), & T Bray (Lostwithiel) 10-11 & 10-12; B Williams (Illogan), L Martin (Illogan) & G Fisher (Illogan) 7-7 & 8-14
K Goodman (Treviscoe), J Rule (Lostwithiel), D Swaby (Wadebridge) & D Griffin (Lostwithiel) 6-9 & 6-8; M Horrell (Withiel), M Goodwin (Saltash), M Burden (Dobwalls)& D Newton (Liskeard) 5-13 & 8-9
Table – A Team
P W D L Pts
Somerset 6 4 0 2 132
Devon 6 3 1 2 129
Cornwall 6 3 1 2 125
Dorset 6 0 2 6 84
On Saturday the outstanding qualification competition for the County Triples was contested at the Dragon Leisure Centre with 20 teams participating split into five groups of four.
Qualifying from Group One were Dave Abbiss, Robert Peareth & Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) with 5 points +18 shots. Group Two produced two qualifiers with Eileen Holmes, Lesley Clayton & Christine Kent (Cubert) claiming the group with 4 +10 and Chris Cope, Edna Cope & Mary Ray (Liskeard) claiming a runners up spot with 4 +/-0. Sheila Hodge, John & Margaret Turner (Liskeard) were unbeaten winners of Group Three with 6 +10. Group Four produced two qualifiers, an unbeaten Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth & Keith Williams (Penlee) with 6 +31 and Stuart Hambly (Camelford), Sheila & Robert Flower (Tintagel) with 4 +3. The final group saw Margaret and John Menhenick & Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) go unbeaten with 6 +31 to qualify along with Melba Kitt, Graham Reeves & Darren Woolner (Saltash)with 4 +4.
With only four places in the finals available a further knockout round followed. Keith Williams defeated Christine Kent 14-4. Terry Bray won 15-4 against Margaret Turner. Darren Woolner won the battle of the best runners up defeating Mary Ray 10-8 and the final place went to Derek Swaby with a 10-2 win against Robert Flower.
League action recommenced in the Western Division last week and follows across the rest of the county this week.
League tables can be found on the following links, the * mark shown in the tables does not need to reproduced.
West Premier Division http://www.nicholastruscott.co.uk/2008site/index.php?pg=leaguetable&tableid=26225
Central Premier Division http://www.nicholastruscott.co.uk/2008site/index.php?pg=leaguetable&tableid=26222
Central Division One http://www.nicholastruscott.co.uk/2008site/index.php?pg=leaguetable&tableid=26223
East Premier Division http://www.nicholastruscott.co.uk/2008site/index.php?pg=leaguetable&tableid=26753
This weekend (15 & 16 January) attention turns to the Four Wood Pairs with 57 entries playing on one of the two days. The normal format will apply with four qualifiers required from each day to go forward to the finals later in the season. The following weekend (22 & 23 January) will see the first finals of the season played with the County Singles and Fours on Saturday and Pairs and Triples on Sunday.