CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE – 15 January 2013
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
On Sunday (13 January) Cornwall’s County Short Mat teams travelled to the City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club for the Preliminary round of the knockout stages of the ESMBA Inter County Championship.
The Premier Team, starting their defence of the Consolation Championship title faced North Yorkshire who joined the championship this year having previously competed only in the Northern championship.
The points were shared in the first session with both counties claiming a win apiece in the Singles and Pairs. For Cornwall Nigel Nicholls defeated Ben Render, one half of the current World Champion Pairs combination, by 20 shots to 7 in the Singles and in the Pairs Richard Brown & Percy Tripp won 13-7. Points were again shared in the second session with Graham Ford, Max Burden & Brian Wakeley winning 12-4 in the Triples and Sheila Hodge, Pam Williams, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hore winning 11-8 in the Fours. At the half way stage in the match the points were shared 8 apiece with Cornwall holding the shots advantage in three of the four disciplines.
The third session saw North Yorkshire take an advantage on game points with Cornwall taking 3 of the eight on offer. David Studden completed a double over Ben Render in the Singles with a 16-10 win to also secure the bonus points for Cornwall. In the Pairs a 12-12 draw for Graham Reeves & Bill Sharp saw the bonus points shared leaving the match score at 14-14 going into the last session.
During the final session the match looked to be slipping away from Cornwall with both triples falling behind in their respective games. Brian Wakeley’s Triple however fought back from a deficit of 1-11 culminating in a score of 5 on the last end to win 13-11. North Yorkshire won the other Triples game in turn securing the bonus points. In the Fours Peter Hore’s rink were comfortable 14-2 winners ensuring the bonus points were comfortably Cornwall’s leaving the match outcome dependant on the last match to finish. Elise Daniell, Derek Elliott, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher duly delivered for Cornwall with a 9-6 win to secure the match win. The final score being Cornwall 22 points 176 shots North Yorkshire 18 points 159 shots.
Singles: David Studden (Illogan) 10-15, 16-10; Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 20-7, 9-17
Pairs: Richard Brown (Illogan) & Percy Tripp (Helston) 13-7 & 10-14; Graham Reeves (Saltash) & Bill Sharp (Dobwalls) 9-11 & 12-12
Triples: Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Max Burden (Dobwalls) & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 12-4 & 13-11; Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) 7-12 & 6-15
Fours: Elise Daniell (Holmans), Derek Elliott (Holmans), Linda Martin (Illogan) & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) 5-8 & 9-6; Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Peter Hore (Holmans) 11-8 & 14-2.
The A Team, who have progressed to the Main Championship this year after winning the Consolation Championship last year, faced Herefordshire who claimed the title in 2004.
The first session saw points shared with Cornwall claiming wins courtesy of Martin Boraston 19-7 in the Singles and Betty Temple-Smith & Brenda Sleep 13-10 in the Pairs. Points were again shared in the second session with both Cornwall Fours winning comfortably. Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley 13-2 and Joe Dixon, Barbara James, Dennis Shorthouse & Derek Newton 15-4. At the halfway stage the score read Cornwall 8 points 88 shots Herefordshire 8 points 78 shots.
The third session saw Herefordshire claim an advantage in games won with Cornwall securing just 3 points, Martin Boraston comfortably completing a double in the Singles with a 22-7 win and Betty Temple-Smith and Brenda Sleep drawing 13-13 in the Pairs. Cornwall claimed the Singles and Pairs bonus points to lead by 2 points, 15-13 going into the last session of Triples and Fours. Cornwall claimed a clean sweep of wins in the final session to secure the match win. In the Triples Lynn Davey, Gary Davey & Keith Matthews 10-6 and Tony Jago, Posy Widger & Henry Kendall 10-9. In the Fours Peter Hamley won 15-4 and Derek Newton 12-10. The final match score Cornwall 25 points 193 shots Herefordshire 15 points 154 shots.
In the Quarter finals the Premier Team will face Worcestershire and the A Team Surrey with the date and venue to be confirmed.
Cornwall’s place allocations for the National Championships have been confirmed with 1 place in the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Mixed Fours and 2 in the Fours.
The players who will represent Cornwall at the championships will be
Singles – David Studden
Pairs – Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore
Triples – Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore
Fours – Elise Daniell. Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore; John Worton, Neil Gribble, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts
Mixed Fours – Elise Daniell, Margaret Jenkin, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore
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