CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 13 April 2014
ESMBA/TLH TOP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Over the weekend two teams representing the Holmans club competed in the English Short Mat Bowling Association/Torquay Leisure Hotels Top Club Championship in Torquay.
In the Group Stages Holmans 2 (John Worton, Chris Roberts, Luke Jolly, Ken Horrell, Martin Boraston and Alan Holden) were drawn in group 1 to face Portsdown (Hampshire), Templecombe 1 (Somerset) and E57 Rollers (West Midlands). The first game resulted in a 2-7 points and 24-39 shots defeat to the E57 Rollers. The second group game was against Templecombe 1 with a narrow 5 points to 4 and 34 shots to 32 win. The final group game against Portsdown was won 7 points to 2 and 29 shots to 27. This left the team in second place in the group and through to the knock-out stages.
Holmans 1 (Peter Hore, Elise Daniell, Mark Eddy, Nigel Nicholls, Gillian Cawrse and Neil Gribble) were drawn in group 2 to face Gloster Knights (Gloucestershire), Kingscliffe 2 (Somerset) and Templecombe 2 (Somerset). The first game against Templecombe 2 was won comfortably 6 points to 3 and 45 shots to 20. Against Kingscliffe 2 Holmans were dominant taking all 9 points and a 56-20 shots advantage. The final group game against Gloster Knights was closely fought with Holmans losing out by 4 points to 5 and 29 shots to 32. The result was enough to see both teams through with Holmans 1 topping the group.
In the Quarter Finals competition both Holmans teams were drawn to play each other. Holmans 1 claimed the Singles 13-4 with the Fours drawn 8-8 in the first session. In the second session the pairs were drawn 8-8 and a tight Triples game ended in a 6-3 advantage to Holmans 2 to leave Holmans 1 to progress to the Semi Finals by 5 points to 4 and 32 shots to 26.
In the Semi Finals, Kingscliffe 1 (Somerset) proved the opposition. Nigel Nicholls won the Singles comfortably 18-8 but in the Fours Elise Daniell, Neil Gribble, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hore went down to a 6-7 loss. In the second session Mark Eddy & Nigel Nicholls lost 6-12 in the Pairs and Elise Daniell, Neil Gribble & Peter Hore won 12-5 in the Triples which added up to a 5 points to 4 and 40 shots to 32 win.
In the first session of the Final against Gloster Knights Nigel Nicholls lost the Singles 5-11 and Mark Eddy, Neil Gribble, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hore the Fours 4-7 to leave it all to do in the second session. Mark Eddy & Peter Hore won the Pairs 12-8 and Elise Daniell, Gillian Cawrse & Nigel Nicholls the Triples 11-4 t leave the final score 5 points to 4 and 32 shots to 30 in Holmans 1's favour securing the first major National Short Mat Bowls title to come to Cornwall in the 24 year history of the CCSMBA.