CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE – 1 April 2012
The English Short Mat Bowling Association National Championships have been contested over the weekend with Cornwall represented in all four disciplines with six of the eleven representative playing in their first championships.
On Thursday Karen Watson (Treviscoe) competed in the Singles. In a tough group Karen’s first opponent was Hampshire’s Jason McLean who claimed victory by 17 shots to 7. Next up Karen faced Derbyshire’s Ian Lunn earning a 9-9 draw. The final group game resulted in a further draw for, this time 8-8 against West Midlands’ Scott Follis. This left Karen on 2 points and third place overall missing out on qualification for the knockout stages.
On Friday attention turned to the Pairs with Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) competing. Their first game saw them up face Devon’s Simon Pridham and Lee Tolemen with the Devon pairing taking the game 9-6. The second game, against Alec Martin & Gavin Wood (East Sussex), again resulted in defeat 5-13. The final group game resulted in a consolation win for Richard and David, 9-4 against Derbyshire’s Phil & Marnie Wright. The 2 points were only good enough for third place in the group, missing out on the knock out stages.
Saturday saw two Cornwall teams compete in the Fours. Cornwall 1, Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott (Holmans), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) and Peter Hore (Holmans), started well opening up a 6-0 lead against Somerset 1 (J Corns, E Zoers, S Barham & E Dyer) before being pegged back and eventually losing 8-7. The second game saw Cornwall defeat Surrey 1 (J Woodhouse, B Edwards, C Hewitt & R Woodhouse) 7-2 and go on to secure qualification for the last 32 by defeating Northants 2 (D Bradbury, R Grimble, A Lodge & C Weston) 10-2 with second place in the group.
In the last 32 Cornwall 1 faced Gloucester 2 (R Wilson, M Wilson, D Wilson & S Holdsworth) falling behind by 4 shots in the opening two ends before scoring 19 unanswered shots to secure victory. Cornwall conceding a single on the last end to win 19-5 overall. The last 16 saw Cornwall up against the experienced Cheshire 2 team of Keith Lackford, Martin Walker, Jim Neal & Grant Soller. The closely contested game saw the score tied at 5-5 going into the last end with Cornwall having the first bowl. As the end played Cornwall held shot with a bowl on the edge of the mat however Cheshire skip Grant Soller used the last bowl of the match to tip the Cornwall bowl of the side of the mat leaving Cheshire holding the game winning shot.
Cornwall 2, Alan Holden (Landrake), Karen Watson (Treviscoe), Dennis Shorthouse & Neil Gribble (Landrake), started with a 9-7 win against Essex 2 (F Amoss, H Amoss, M Horn & M Horn). Their second game against Norfolk 1 (S Brown, G Chilvers, J Brown & G Clarke) ended in an 8-7 win ensuring that qualification for the last 32 was secure. The final group game saw North Yorkshire 3 (R Lochman, J Newsome and new World Pairs Champions David Newsome & Ben Render) providing the opposition in a closely fought game which saw North Yorks. claim victory 7-3 leaving Cornwall in second in the group. In the last 32 Surrey 2 (J McEntee, T Fry, T Osgood & R Edwards) provided the opposition in a tight game which saw Cornwall 2’s run in the champions come to an end with a 6-9 defeat.
The final day of the championships on Sunday saw Derek Elliott (Holmans) join up with Richard Brown & David Studden in the Triples. The trio started confidently with a 9-0 victory over former Cornwall player Geoff Lane teamed with Pam & Les Baldry representing Wiltshire. The second game saw Cornwall claim an 11-5 win against Hertforshire 2 (A West, M West & M Chadd) to ensure qualification for the last 32. The final group game, to decide group winners, saw Northamptonshire (E Sawbridge, C Weston & C Hopkins) defeat Cornwall 8-7. Opposition in the last 32 was provided by the experienced Hampshire 1 team (P Mills, P England and J Bright) who edged a tight game 6-4 to end Cornwall participation in the 2012 championships.
There is a break in competitive action locally over the Easter Weekend before the final competitions of the season, the Bebbington Cup (League Finals) and County Under 25’s, are played on Sunday 15 April at Fowey Community Leisure Centre.
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