Sunday, 28 September 2014

CCSMBA NEWS RELEASE - 28 September 2014

NEWS RELEASE - 28 September 2014


Cornwall started their ESMBA Inter County Championship on Sunday 28 September with home fixtures against Devon.

Following the trials and practice weekend last weekend Team Manager Nigel Nicholls named a squad with 6 new players across the 2 teams.

The Premier Team started slowly picking up just 4 out of 16 points in the 2 morning sessions to trail 4 points to 12 and 70 shots to 91.  David Balow & David Studden won 12-8 in the Pairs and Keith Williams, Kevin Williams and Nicholas Truscott 11-9 in the Triples.

Cornwall enjoyed a much better afternoon winning three games in the third session, Nigel Nicholls winning 13-7 in the Singles, Elise Daniell & Luke Jolly recovering from 0-7 down to win 12-8 and David Balow and David Studden completing a double with a 16-14 win in the Pairs.  The Pairs also collected the bonus points to move the match score onto Cornwall 12 Devon 16 giving Cornwall a chance of victory.

In the final session Cornwall took 7 out of 8 match points but were unable to claim either sets of bonus points missing the Triples by 1 shot and Fours by 2 shots.  Nicholas Truscott's Triple completed a double picking up 3 on the last end to win 9-8.  The Fours picked up their only points of the day with Richard Brown, Ken Horrell, Chris Roberts & Percy Tripp winning 9-5 and Tom Westlake, Gary Davey, Neil Gribble & Peter Hore drawing 9-9.

The final score Cornwall 19 points 159 shots Devon 21 points 172 shots.  In the other group match today Dorset won by 25 points 167 shots Somerset 15 points 170 shots.

Dorset 1 1 0 0 167 170 25
Devon 1 1 0 0 159 172 21
Cornwall 1 0 0 1 172 159 19
Somerset 1 0 0 1 170 167 15

Cornwall's A Team made a slow start in the first session winning a solitary game thanks to Betty Temple Smith & Max Burden's 15-8 win in the Pairs.  The second session proved much better for Cornwall as they claimed 3 out of 4 games.  Ruth Newbury, Tony Jago & Carolyn Matthews came from behind to win 9-7 in the Triples and both Fours posted wins.  Graham Luke, Carol Ford, Pam Williams & Brian Wakeley 10-7 and Henry Matthews, Bill Sharp, Brenda Sleep & Derek Newton 12-8.  At the halfway point of the match the points were level 8 apiece but with Devon ahead by 100 shots to 80.

The third session proved to be the undoing of Cornwall's hopes of winning the match with Devon taking 10 of the 12 points on offer in the session.  Only Alan Holden in the Singles offered any resistance for Cornwall winning 17-9.  In the final session Cornwall could only again record one win thanks to Derek Newton's Four who won 9-5 which was enough to secure the bonus points.  

The final match score Cornwall 14 points 157 shots Devon 26 points 191 shots was disappointing given the match position at the lunch break.  In the groups other game Somerset took an away victory against Dorset winning 27 points to 13 and 195 shots to 151.

Devon 1 1 0 0 191 157 26
Somerset 1 1 0 0 195 151 25
Dorset 1 0 0 1 151 195 15
Cornwall 1 0 0 1 157 191 14

Cornwall are back in Inter County Championship action on Sunday 5 October when they travel to Taunton to face Somerset at Taunton Deane Indoor Bowling Club.


On Saturday 40 bowlers will play across 2 sessions to find 8 bowlers for the county finals at the end of the season.  Play gets underway at Carnmoggas at 0900 and expected to run through to around 1600.


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

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