County Fours On Saturday 21 teams converged on Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club for the County Fours competition arranged into 5 groups with winners and three best runners up qualifying for the County Finals.
David Cole, Graham Reeves, Peter Skinner & Jim Ashton (Saltash) won the final group game in Group One against Robert James (Newlyn Trinity), Ronnie Thomas, Kevin Williams (Porthleven) & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 12-3 to finish unbeaten with 6 pts +22 shots. Nicholls' rink also qualify for the finals as one of three best runners up on 4 +13.
Ruth Newbury (Wadebridge), Betty Temple-Smith, Max Burden & Keith Matthews (Blisland) won Group Two with an unbeaten 6 +15. Caroline Moore (Luxulyan), Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans) took a large 18-5 in their final group game to secure a final place with 4 +12.
In Group Three, three of the current English Fours Champions, Tom Westlake, Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) & Karen Watson (Saltash) were joined by Chris Fry (Treviscoe) substituting for the unavailable Ed Dyer (Landrake). They suffered a scare early on in the first game falling 8 shots behind to Tina Wills, Gillian Styles, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) before scoring 10 shots without reply to win 10-8. Comprehensive wins in the other two games saw them unbeaten with 6 +30 shots. Fisher's rink took the final runners up spot on 4 +5.
A high scoring Group Four which saw 110 shots scored in the six games was dominated by Martin Boraston (East Taphouse), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Lynne & Gary Davey (Landrake) scoring an average over 16 shots per game to finish with 6 +40.
Group Five produced the tightest finish of the day with Lynette Golledge, Bill Sharp, Robert Rawlings and Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) leading throughout the final game against Diane Shorthouse, Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr & Neil Gribble (Landrake) however a single shot on the last end to tie the game 7-7 was enough to see the Landrake four through to the finals with 4 +5 and deny the Dobwalls rink.
Inter County Championship On Sunday Somerset visited Carnmoggas for Cornwall's second Inter County match of the season.
In the Premier Team match Somerset were quickly in the lead winning both Pairs and one of the Singles in the Morning session, Peter Hore offering Cornwall's only resistance with an 18-10 win in Singles. The morning Triples and Fours saw the points shared with both counties taking a game apiece in both disciplines. Tom Westlake, Luke Jolly & Karen Watson winning 14-8 in the Triples and Richard Kerr, Linda Martin, Percy Tripp & Gerald Fisher taking an 8-6 advantage in the Fours. Cornwall trailed 6-10 at the half way point.
The afternoon Singles and Pairs saw Cornwall take a session advantage with wins for Nigel Nicholls 13-12 and Peter Hore 19-16 in Singles and a draw for David Balow and David Studden 15-15 in the Pairs. Cornwall took the Singles bonus points and Somerset the Pairs to leave the score at Cornwall 13 Somerset 15 going into the final session. The final session was drawn with Cornwall winning both Triples and taking the bonus points. Mark Eddy, Martin Boraston & Gillian Cawrse 19-12 and Karen Watson making it a double for the day winning 12-10. The final match score Cornwall 19 points 185 shots Somerset 21 points 205 shots.
Singles: Nigel Nicholls 10-13 & 13-12, Peter Hore 18-10 & 19-16 Pairs: Luke Jolly & Elise Daniell 8-16 & 11-18, David Studden & David Balow 11-15 & 15-15 Triples: Gillian Cawrse, Martin Boraston & Mark Eddy 9-17 & 19-12, Karen Watson, Kevin Williams & Tom Westlake 14-8 & 10-8 Fours: Gerald Fisher, Percy Tripp,Linda Martin, Richard Kerr 8-6 & 6-12, Neil Gribble, Nicholas Truscott, John Worton & Dennis Shorthouse 5-10 & 9-17
By contrast Cornwall's A Team started strongly with three wins in the first session. In Singles Chris Roberts 14-10 and Alan Holden 17-10 and in Pairs Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden 23-6. Somerset levelled the match score at 8-8 in the second session taking three wins, Cornwall's only points being recorded by Meg Horrell, Tony Jago & Ken Horrell with a 13-5 win in Triples.
The third session saw a repeat of the first with Roberts winning 14-10, Holden 16-11 and Temple-Smith & Burden 18-11. Cornwall took the bonus points in both disciplines to move the match score onto Cornwall 18 points Somerset 10. Going into the final session Cornwall needed just 3 of the 12 points on offer to secure the match win however they scored none as Somerset rallied to steal the match win Cornwall 18 points 189 shots Somerset 22 points 185 shots.
Singles: Chris Roberts 14-10 & 14-10, Alan Holden 17-10 & 16-11 Pairs: Graham Ford & Richard Brown 13-15 & 15-18,Max Burden & Betty Temple-Smith 23-6 & 18-11 Triples: Ken Horrell, Tony Jago & Meg Horrell 13-5 & 9-12, Gary Davey, Graham Reeves & Lynne Davey 5-18 & 7-20 Fours: Keith Matthews, Brenda Sleep, Bill Sharp & Ruth Newbury8-12 & 4-10, Derek Newton, Sandra Worton, Keith Williams & Kath Goodman 6-8 & 7-9
There is a quick return to action for Cornwall as they travel to Devon on Sunday.
National Qualifiers On Saturday the first of the National Championship Qualifiers will be played at Carnmoggas with the Singles and Fours contested. A strong entry has been received and competition for the places in the National Championships is sure to be tough.
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