County Four Wood Pairs With the New Year celebrations barely over Cornwall's Short Mat Bowlers were back in action over the weekend at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club for the County Four Wood Pairs. On Saturday 24 teams were drawn in 6 groups of 4 with group winners and 2 runners-up going forward to a knock-out round.
Blisland's Mike Webster & Henry Matthews topped Group One with 4 points +16 shots ahead of Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) on 4 +10 which earned them the second of the two runners-up spots. Mark Payne (Newlyn Trinity) & Nigel Jelbert (Penlee) topped Group Two with 6 +21 with Wadebridge's Robin Burden & John Menhenick second on 2 -3. Treviscoe's Sarah Grimshaw & Tony Jago took the top spot in Group Three with 6 +15, second placed Henry Kendall & Tony Liddicoat (Withiel) claimed the first of the runners-up spots with 4 +13.
Group Four winners were Martin Boraston (East Taphouse) & Gary Davey (Landrake) with 6 +27 ahead of Liskeard's Shelia Hodge & Tony Baldwin on 4 +7. Dobwalls' Bill Sharp & Brenda Sleep topped Group Five with 6 +28 with Treviscoe's Carolyn & Jim Stanley second on 2 -8. Group Six saw another Treviscoe pairing in top spot with Chris Fry and Tom Westlake on 6 +25 with Hayle's June Trestrail & Chris Harris second on 4 +9.
In the knock-out round G Cawrse defeated N Jelbert 12-5. T Jago raced to a 9-0 lead against H Matthews and despite a comeback from the latter went on to win 10-6. Scores of three on each of the first two ends set up G Davey for an 11-5 winn against T Westlake and in the final game T Liddicoat defeated B Sleep 9-6.
On Sunday 22 teams were drawn into 5 groups, 1 of six and 4 of four with group winners and 3 runners-ip going forward to a knock-out round.
Ladock's Sandra & John Worton topped Group One with 6 +37 ahead of Betty Temple-Smith (Blisland) & Ruth Newbury (Wadebridge) on 4 +11 who qualified as second runners-up. Holman's Elise Daniell & Peter Hore won Group Two with 5 +18 with Landrake's Dennis Shorthouse & Richard Kerr second on 4 + 12 to give them the top runners-up spot. The weekends top score came in Group Three where David Balow (Marazion) & David Studden (Holmans) scored 6 +46 ahead of Ladock's Richard Brown & Graham Luke on 4 +1.
Illogan's Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher topped Group Four on 4 +15 ahead of Kath Goodman (Treviscoe) & Karen Watson (Saltash) on 4 +7 who took the final runners-up spot. Newlyn Trinity's Mike Dyer & Nigel Nicholls took top spot in Group Five with 6 +24 ahead of Wadebridge's David Shaw & Paul Spencer on 4 +\- 0.
The draw for the knock-out round saw the three qualified runners-up face the pairings they had already met in the group stages. P Hore came from 0-5 down against R Kerr to win 10-7. In a game which saw the lead change hands four times and never more than two shots advantage either way D Studden defeated N Nicholls 8-6. K Watson won 7 of the 9 ends against G Fisher to win 8-4 and the final game saw R Newbury defeat J Worton 9-6.
Swedish Masters This weekend Peter Hore, Elise Daniell & Nigel Nicholls travel to Stromstad in Sweeden to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour Swedish Masters.
Peter is drawn in Group Two where he will face Stephen Proctor & James Smith from England, Norway's Frode Coppered & Kai Aslak Holte and Sweden's Peter Cronstromin. In Group Seven Nigel faces Sweden's Birgit Dahlgren, Ingvar Nelson, Eva Nelson & Ulf Hällstrand and Northern Ireland's Sam Moore. Elise is drawn in Group Nine where Sweden's Jorgen Karlsson & Lillian Gjermo, Isle of Man's Michael Collister, Norway's Kjetil Grønseth and Belguim's Dimitri Payne provide the opposition.
Results can be followed online at the following links
Peter Hore - http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/teammatches.aspx?id=659B39F5-0B4F-4F5B-990A-459BC937A583&tid=10 Nigel Nicholls - http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/teammatches.aspx?id=659B39F5-0B4F-4F5B-990A-459BC937A583&tid=57 Elise Daniell - http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/teammatches.aspx?id=659B39F5-0B4F-4F5B-990A-459BC937A583&tid=28
Forthcoming Events For the rest of January, with the exception of the final round of Inter Area League fixtures on the Sunday 17th January, English Association events take over the calendar. On the 16th the ESMBA Open Fours will be contested with the winners earning a place in the England team at the forthcoming World Championships. The following day the England squad have a practice day planned. The following weekend regional qualifiers for the ESMBA/Torquay Leisure Hotels Top Club will be played. On the 30th the Cornwall A Team have qualified to play will play the ICC Rinks finals in Daventry against Kent, West Sussex, Suffolk, Surrey, Somerset, North Yorkshire and Northampton.