Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association
News Relese 7th April 2013
Cornwall enjoyed mixed fortunes at the ESMBA National Championships over the weekend. The highlight was the Four of Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore reaching the final of Saturday's Fours competition. The first time a team from Cornwall has progressed beyond the last 8 at the championships.
In the group stages they started with a strong showing against Derbyshire winning 12-3. Qualification for the knockout stages was assured with a 17-5 win against East Sussex 1 in the second game. Cheshire 3 defeated Cornwall in the final group game 6-12 to guarantee thier own progression to the knock out rounds.
In the second round Cornwall faced Essex 4 against whom a lead was built up and defended for a 7-2 win. The third round saw Cheshire 1 provide the opposition and saw Cornwall need to come from behind to win 8-10 to move into the Quarter Finals. East Sussex 2 provided the opoosition in the last 8 and were brushed aside 16-7. A tight Semi Final saw Cornwall against West Midlands 2 and after again coming from behind to force an extra end it was Cornwall who held their nerve to claim the game 8-7. The final proved a step to far as opponents Oxford 2 skipped by youngster AJ Brown quickly opened a large lead, thanks in part to a 6 on the second end, going on to win 17-5.
The result proves that county have the talent to compete on the National stage yet it is a shame that every year competition organisers struggle to get enough entries to run local qualification competitions.
The second Cornwall team competing on Saturday also enjoyed a good run. John Worton, Neil Gribble, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts were group winners beating a strong Dorset rink 7-3, Hertfordshire 2 11-1 and a narrow loss against Hampshire 2 4-7. In the second round West Sussex 1 were defeated 13-6. The third round saw them up against eventual winners Oxford 2 losing 2-10.
On the other days of competition David Studden reached the third round of the Singles on Thursday. Having won his group with wins against Tony Gayler (Herts) 17-2 and Geoff Booth (Derby) 16-4 and a narrow defeat to Sean Thompson (Worcs) 7-9 David comfortably defeated Ian Davis (Worcs) 13-2 in the Second round. Craig Strong (West Mids) ended David's day in the third round with a 5-15 defeat.
On Friday Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore played in the Pairs. Their first game saw them take a 10-9 win against Bucks 1. An 9-11 defeat to Dorset 2 left Peter & Nigel needing to beat Derby to be sure of progression to knockout stages. They duly won the game 12-5 to progress to play Essex 1. Essex 1 edged a close Second round game 11-10 to end Peter and Nigel's day early.
Sunday's Triples proved disappointing after the high of Saturday as Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls and Peter Hore failed to win a game in a difficult group and failing to progress to the knockout stages. The game scores were 7-16 against Northants, 9-15 against Gloucester 3 and 3-16 against North Yorkshire.
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