Sunday, 22 February 2015

CCSMBA NEWS RELEASE - 22 February 2015

NEWS RELEASE 22 February 2015

Inter County Championship

On Sunday Cornwall's Premier Team travelled to Bristol to face Essex in the Quarter Finals of the ESMBA Inter County Championship.

In the first session Cornwall suffered three defeats with only David Balow & David Studden recording points for Cornwall with a 14-10 win in the Pairs.  The second session saw the points shared.  In the Triples Gerald Fisher, Martin Boraston & Gillian Cawrse won 14-8 and Fours Tom Westlake, Dennis Shorthouse, Neil Gribble & Peter Hore won 10-6.  At the halfway point Cornwall trailed by 6 points to 10.

The third session looked to have sealed the outcome of the match with Cornwall only claiming one win, Nigel Nicholls 14-12 in the Singles.  Essex claimed the Singles and Pairs bonus points by some margin to lead by 20 points to 8, 1 away from securing the match victory.

What followed in the final session was a determined Cornwall effort where all 14 bowlers taking to the mat gave there all to capture all 12 points on offer and force a play off to decide the match.

The first game to finish saw Nicholas Truscott play a pressured last bowl to turn over a lie of 5 shots against to draw shot to win 10-5 in the Triples alongside Ken Horrell and Linda Martin.  Next to finish was the other Triple skipped by Gillian Cawrse who were never in trouble as they eased to a 13-2 win.  With the Triples also taking the bonus points the pressure moved onto the Fours.  A score of 3 on the penultimate end for Richard Brown, Chris Roberts, Kevin Williams and Percy Tripp put them into lead of the same margin which they defended on the final end to win 12-8.  Peter Hore's Four were last to finish taking a comfortable 18-3 win which also ensured the Fours bonus points were on the board.

The efforts of the team in the final session brought the score to 20 points apiece.  The first tie break rule sees the bonus points deducted which left the score 16 apiece and with both counties having won 8 games each a tie break was required to separate the two teams.

Taking the format of three one end Singles games with a draw made to determine playing order.  David Studden lost to Dom Reed in the first mat to finish, Nigel Nicholls won his mat against Anthony Faultly leaving Peter Hore with the deciding mat and under pressure with opponent Barry Hedges holding shot with bowls short of the jack.  With the last bowl Peter attempted to split Barry's two bowls but his weighted shot went past the target leaving Essex to win the play off 2-1.

The afternoon performance from Cornwall showed how far the squad has come under current Team Manager Nigel Nicholls with a strong foundation laid for next years campaign.

The match score card can be found at


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

Sunday, 15 February 2015

CCSMBA NEWS RELEASE - 15 February 2015

NEWS RELEASE 15 February 2015


On Sunday Cornwall's Premier team face there biggest game for years when they face Essex in the Quarter Finals of the Inter County Championship Main Competition at City of Bristol Indoor Bowling Club.

Team Manager Nigel Nicholls has been able to pick his first choice team, the same that defeated Dorset in Cornwall's last match at the end of November.  

Nigel Nicholls, Richard Kerr, Elise Daniell, Luke Jolly, David Balow, David Studden, Gerald Fisher, Martin Boraston, Gillian Cawrse, Ken Horrell, Linda Martin, Nicholas Truscott, Richard Brown, Chris Roberts, Kevin Williams, Percy Tripp, Tom Westlake, Dennis Shorthouse, Neil Gribble & Peter Hore.

A win for Cornwall would see them up against either Cheshire or Kent in a weeks time at Church Gresley Indoor Bowls Club in Derbyshire.


All of Cornwall's England squad members will feature in the inaugural European Championships in March.  The format features teams of 6 playing Singles, Pairs and Triples.  

Nigel Nicholls will play Singles in a team Elise Daniell in the Triples alongside Adam Sultana (Essex) and Steve Packer (West Yorks).  Completing the team are AJ Brown (Oxon) & Matt Dillion (Essex) in the Pairs.  

David Studden is in a Triple alongside Jake Atrill (Gloucs) and Barry Hedges (Essex) whoo are teamed with Nicky Bartlett (Kent) &  Keith Cooke (Norfolk) in the Pairs and Kevin Siddle (West Yorks) playing Singles.  

Peter Hore will play Singles with Jacinta Townend (North Yorks) & Steve Proctor (Cheshire) in Pairs and Danny Langdon (North Yorks), Ryan Knight (Gloucs) & Ben Render (North Yorks).


Local League tables can be found at


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

Sunday, 8 February 2015

CCSMBA NEWS RELEASE - 8 February 2014


On Sunday the first of the County Finals were played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club.  During the morning the Mixed Fours was contested by the eight qualifiers from earlier in the season.

In the Quarter Finals Cynthia Storer, Patsy Wakeley, Graham Luke and Chris Roberts defeated Rob Peareth, Lesley Clayton, Terry Bray and Pam Williams 9-8.  Robert Rawlings, Lynette Gollege, Bill Sharp and Brenda Sleep were 13-4 winners against Elise Daniell, Caroline Moore, Nicholas Truscott and Peter Hore.

Ruth Newbury, Betty Temple-Smith, Max Burden and Keith Matthews were 14-3 winners against Tina Wills, Barry Kessell, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher and in the final game Diane Shorthouse, Sheila Hodge, Dennis Shorthouse and Neil Gribble were 10-7 winners against Jim Stanley, Jenny Smith, Gordon Smith and Carolyn Stanley.

In the Semi Finals Keith Matthews defeated Neil Gribble 9-8 and Brenda Sleep won 6-5 against Chris Roberts.

In the final Brenda Sleep defeated Keith Matthews 10-7.

The day's other competition saw 14 club champions contest the County Champion of Champions competition in a straight knock out format.

In the first round Neil Gribble (Landrake) defeated Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Chris Harris (Hayle) won 17-1 against Mike Widger (Porthleven), Meg Horrell (Withiel) was a 12-7 winner against Chris Fry (Treviscoe).  Neil Wright (Lanteglos) won 11-10 against Percy Tripp (Helston) and Peter Skinner (Saltash) won 12-9 against Carol Cummins (Liskeard).

In the Quarter Finals Neil Gribble won 10-6 against Chris Harris.  Meg Horrell won 11-9 against Neil Wright.  Peter Skinner needed an extra end to defeat Ruth Newbury (Wadebridge) 8-7.  Peter Hore (Holmans) won 9-8 against John Dodd (Perranporth).

In the Semi Finals Gribble edged a very tight game against Horrell 6-4 and in contrast Hore dominated against Skinner winning 15-1.  In the final Hore led 7-4 going into the last end and with Gribble lying three shots to potentially force an extra end Hore moved the jack to pick up two to win 9-4 and a 20th County Title.


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

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Short Mat Players Tour - Local placings on rankings list

Pos. Name Club UK Open Irish Open European Masters Swedish Masters English Masters World Masters Total
49 Peter Hore Holmans 49 82 39 170
64 Richard Kerr Landrake 36 95 131
76 Nigel Nicholls Newlyn Trinity 9 34 69 112
123 Luke Jolly Treviscoe 82 82
157 Neil Gribble Landrake 31 36 67
173 Elise Daniell Holmans 6 7 31 44
231 Dennis Shorthouse Landrake 31 31
268 Edward Dyer Landrake 9 7 16
284 Tom Westlake Lanjeth 9 9