On Sunday Cornwall travelled to Somerset for the final Inter County Round Robin matches of the season.
Team Manager Nigel Nicholls set the Premier Team the target of recording their first win of the season in a bid to secure second place in the group and progression to the main knock out competition later in the season.
The first session saw the points shared with Cornwall winning both Singles games, Nigel Nicholls 17-3 and Ed Dyer 14-9. The second session saw Somerset take a five to three advantage, Cornwall's points scored in the Triples by John Worton, Tom Westlake & Kevin Williams with a 13-13 draw and in the Fours by Dennis Shorthouse, Nicholas Truscott, Neil Gribble & Peter Hore with a 10-4 win. At the lunch break Somerset led 9 points to 7.
In the third session Cornwall brought themselves right back into contention picking up eight of the twelve points on offer. In the Singles Nicholls and Dyer completed a whitewash with 10-9 and 13-8 wins respectively. In the Pairs David Balow & David Studden won 10-16. Cornwall led 15-13 going into the final session.
Cornwall sealed the match win in the final session again picking up eight of the twelve points on offer. In the Triples Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Gillian Cawrse won 21-10 and in the Fours Richard Kerr, Percy Tripp, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher won 19-3. Both margins of victory ensured Cornwall secured the bonus points in both disciplines to take the overall match win Cornwall 23 points Somerset 17 and 198 to 173 shots.
The result leaves Cornwall on 72 points in second place in the table with Devon a point ahead on 73 and Somerset third on 55 due to play the final game this weekend coming at ISCA. Cornwall must wait on the result of this match to know if they will qualify for the knock out stages.
Scores: Singles: Nigel Nicholls 16-3 & 10-9, Ed Dyer 14-9 & 13-8 Pairs: Mark Eddy & Elise Daniell 7-19 & 12-16, David Studden & David Balow 15-18 & 16-10 Triples: Gillian Cawrse, Martin Boraston & Richard Brown 12-16 & 21-10, Kevin Williams, Tom Westlake & John Worton 13-13 & 9-13 Fours: Gerald Fisher, Linda Martin, Percy Tripp & Richard Kerr 5-9 & 19-3, Peter Hore, Neil Gribble, Nicholas Truscott & Dennis Shorthouse 10-4 & 5-13
The A Team match started with Cornwall taking six points from the first session with wins for Chris Roberts 12-10 in the Singles and both Pairs Graham Reeves & Keith Matthews 16-9 and Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden 16-12. The second session saw Somerset reply with a five to three session advantage. Cornwall's points all in the Triples with Bill Sharp, Brenda Sleep & David Topliffe winning 11-6 and Ruth Newbury, Tony Jago & Gary Davey drawing 9-9. Cornwall led 9-7 at the half way point.
Points were shared in the third session six apiece. In the Singles Roberts won 15-14 and in the Pairs Temple-Smith & Burden won 12-10 with Cornwall taking the Pairs bonus points. The final session saw Cornwall take five game points but no bonus points. In the Triples Newbury, Jago & Davey won 10-9, in the Fours Kath Goodman, Sheila Hodge, Sandra Worton & Keith Williams drew 11-11 and Lynne Davey, Mike Webster, Graham Luke & Graham Ford won 17-7. The final match score 20 points apiece and 188-171 shots in Somerset's favour. Cornwall top the group table with 80 points, Somerset are on 63 and Devon 57 with Devon hosting Somerset this coming weekend.
Scores: Singles: Chris Roberts 12-10 & 15-14, Alan Holden 8-17 & 13-14 Pairs: Keith Matthews & Graham Reeves 14-9 & 9-16, Max Burden & Betty Temple-Smith 16-12 & 12-10 Triples: David Topliffe, Brenda Sleep & Bill Sharp 11-6 & 6-13. Gary Davey, Tony Jago & Ruth Newbury 9-9, 10-9 Fours: Keith Williams, Sandra Worton, Sheila Hodge & Kath Goodman 3-17 & 11-11, Graham Ford, Graham Luke, Mike Webster & Lynne Davey 3-14 & 17-7
National Qualifiers On Saturday the remaining National Championship qualifiers were contested at Carnmoggas. The Pairs was contested first with a round robin followed by a knock out competition.
In the Semi Finals Gary Davey & Martin Boraston defeated Gillian Cawrse & Nigel Nicholls 8-7 and Kevin Williams & Mike Dyer took a four on the last end to defeat Peter Hore & Karen Watson 9-7.
Davey & Boraston won a tight final 7-6 against Williams & Dyer with Hore & Watson winning the third place play off 13-1.
The Triples followed and was played to the same format. In the Semi Finals Sandra Worton, John Worton & Chris Roberts defeated Mike Dyer, David Balow & Kevin Williams 12-3 and Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore won 12-3 against Dennis Shorthouse, Marton Boraston & Ed Dyer.
Daniell, Truscott & Hore won the final against Worton, Worton & Roberts 10-3 with Dyer, Balow & Williams taking third place with a 9-8 win over Shorthouse, Boraston & Dyer.