CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLS ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE – 6 March 2011
ESMBA Inter County Championship
Cornwall’s A Team have qualified for the final of the ESMBA Inter County Championship Consolation competition after a narrow 21 points to 19 semi final victory over Oxfordshire at Merchants Academy Sports Centre in Bristol on Saturday.
A close first session saw Cornwall and Oxfordshire share the eight points on offer with a win apiece in the both the Singles and Pairs. Terry Bray ( 13-11) in the Singles and Miriam Barbery & Brenda Sleep (17-7) in the Pairs recording Cornwall’s points. The second session saw Cornwall move into the lead of the match with three wins recorded by Bob Williams, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (13-6) in the Triples, Kath Goodman, Ashley Davies, Joyce Ward & Derek Swaby (17-4) and Meg Horrell, Joe Dixon, Max Burden & Derek Newton (12-0) in the Fours. At the lunch break Cornwall lead 10 points to 6 and 95 shots to 80.
The third session proved critical to the outcome of the match as Cornwall went unbeaten in the afternoon singles and pairs with wins for Graham Reeves (19-5) in the Singles, Miriam Barbery & Brenda Sleep (20-8) and Tony Jago & Luke Jolly (14-11) in the Pairs. Cornwall collected the bonus points for the Pairs with a 20 shot advantage with Oxfordshire claiming the Singles by 2 shots. Terry Bray’s draw (12-12) in the Singles left Cornwall needing a single point from the final session to secure the match win. With a session to play the score read Cornwall 19 points 156 shots Oxfordshire 9 points 120 shots.
Cornwall failed to claim a game in the final session of Triples and Fours to allow Oxfordshire to close the score deficit. Cornwall’s match winning hopes saved by the strong scoring of the Fours in the morning which saw Cornwall claim the shots bonus points to move onto an unassailable 21 points for the match. Oxfordshire claimed the Triples bonus points to leave the final score Cornwall 21 points 185 shots Oxfordshire 19 points 164 shots.
Cornwall’s opponents in Sunday’s final, to be played at Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton will be Hampshire who defeated Shropshire 22-18 in the other semi final. On the two previous occasions in the past 5 years that Cornwall have reached the final they have gone on to win the title in 2007 and 2009.
SCORES (Oxfordshire Home Team)
Singles: Graham Reeves (Saltash) 20-10 & 9-15; Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) 11-13 & 12-12
Pairs: Tony Jago & Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) 14-9 & 11-14; Miriam Barbery & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) 7-17 & 8-20
Triples: Bob Williams, Linda Martin & Gerry Fisher (Illogan) 6-13 & 13-10; Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Chris Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Jim Rule (Lostwithiel) 18-4 & 12-7
Fours: Kath Goodman, Ashley Davies (Treviscoe), Joyce Ward (Withiel), Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) 4-17 & 9-5; Meg Horrell, Joe Dixon (Withiel) Max Burden (Dobwalls) & Derek Newton (Liskeard) 0-12 & 10-7
Western Division Triples
The Illogan trio of Richard Brown, Joe Coup & Barry Kessell defeated Holman’s Ken Moir, John Peters & Peter Hore in the final of the Western Division Triples played at Marazion Village Hall on Saturday.
The two teams joining Dobwalls and Wadebridge A in the end of season Bebbington Cup competition are still to be decided as we enter the final two weeks of the league season.
In last week’s Western Division fixtures table topping Holmans defeated second placed Newlyn Trinity 6-0 to move onto 89 points. Helston Grylls recorded a 6-0 win away to Bolitho Sinners to move into second place on 87 points. Newlyn Trinity remain on 81 points in third place with Penzance Comets now out of contention in fourth place on 75 points after a 6-0 loss at Helston Penrose, a vital result for Penrose in there relegation battle.
Last week’s Central Area fixtures saw table topping Withiel suffer a 4-2 defeat away to Treviscoe Whites to move onto 60 points but with a reduced lead over Ladock Chiefs who moved onto 57 by taking all six points at home to St Agnes Cuckoos. Lostwithiel stay in third place on 56 points after playing out a draw against Luxulyan Golds. Lostwithiel are the first of the top three to complete their fixtures when they travel to already relegated Cubert Blues on Tuesday night. The title will be decided on Thursday when Withiel face St Newlyn East at home and Ladock travel to Treviscoe.
Continually updated 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
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