CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 6 October 2013
INTER COUNTY v SOMERSET
On Sunday 6 October Cornwall faced Somerset in the second round of matches in the ESMBA Inter County Championship group stages at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.
In the Premier Team match the first session was drawn with both teams taking two wins apiece, for Cornwall Nigel Nicholls won 14-12 in the Singles and Elise Daniell and Mark Eddy took at 14-10 win in the Pairs. The second session was also drawn with Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley winning in the Triples and Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore taking an 8-7 win in the Fours. At the halfway point Cornwall the match was tied Cornwall 8 points 78 shots, Somerset 8 points 88 shots.
The third session saw Somerset ensure that they could not lose the match claiming all four games together with the shots bonus points for the Singles and Pairs. Facing a second successive heavy match defeat Cornwall dug deep in the final session to claim 10 of the 12 points on offer. In the Triples Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley claimed a second win on the day winning 13-6. In the Fours Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore were 13-3 winners and John Worton, Brenda Sleep, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts won 11-4. The final match score Cornwall 18 points 160 shots Somerset 22 points 170 shots.
In the days other match Dorset defeated Devon 32 points to 8 taking Dorset to the top of the table and leaving Cornwall somewhat adrift at the bottom.
Cornwall's A Team took a solitary win in the first session thanks to Keith Williams in the Singles winning 12-11. The second session points were shared with Cornwall winning both Triples and Somerset both Fours. For Cornwall Melba Kitt, Sandra Worton & Henry Kendall won 9-7 and Tony Jago, Alan Holden & Gary Davey won 14-5. At the lunch break Somerset led 10 points to 6 and 114 shots to 60.
The afternoon Triples saw points shared with Joe Dixon taking a 12-9 win in the Singles and Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden winning 16-9. Somerset claimed both bonus the Singles and Pairs bonus points to lead 18 points to 10 going into the last session. The final session saw Cornwall claim a solitary win, Sheila Hodge, Jim Rule, Carol Ford & Terry Bray winning 12-9 in the Fours. The bonus points were shared from the session with Somerset taking the Triples and Cornwall the Fours to leave the final score Cornwall 14 points 137 shots Somerset 26 points 202 shots.
Cornwall's next match is away to Dorset at Bere Regis on Sunday 20 October.
The County Championships get underway on Sunday with 108 bowlers in 27 teams taking part in the County Fours at Carnmoggas vying for the 8 places available in the end of season county finals.
On Saturday Cornwall's England squad members take part in the penultimate squad day ahead of November's British Isles Championships in Ireland.