Sunday, 13 April 2014


NEWS RELEASE - 13 April 2014


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.


Nicholas Truscott

Press and Promotions Officer 
Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association
Tel:    07800 916059

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