ESMBA Open Pairs On Saturday a number of local bowlers travelled to Tamworth to compete in the ESMBA Open Pairs.
Dennis & Dianne Shorthouse (Landrake) were drawn in Group 5 of the Round Robin stages and unfortunately did not win a game, losing 6-9 to Kate Williams & Thomas Bright, 4-12 to eventual winners Ryan Knight & Vincent Dornan and 4-9 to James Scoins & Daniel Peach.
In Group 9 Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) & David Studden (Holmans) started strongly with a 15-3 win against Dennis Hinks & Mark Mchugh and 13-4 win over Michael & Andrew Hall. The final game in the group saw the pairing lose 4-12 to Ollie Hipkiss & Adam Smith which was enough to ensure progression to the knock out stages.
Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) teamed up with Gloucestershire's Steven Holdsworth in Group 10. An opening 12-4 win over Rose Haynes & Lesley Fennell was followed by defeat to Jason Woods & Gary Best 4-10. A 10-7 win over Brian Baker & Emily Thomas was enough to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Elise Daniell (Holmans) teamed up with Steven Packer (West Yorkshire) but did not win a game losing 5-13 to Gareth Davies & Nicky Bartlett, 4-12 to Dave Wiggins & Brandon Whittaker and 5-15 eventual runners up Jack Shephard & Nigel Reed.
Karen Watson (Saltash) paired up with Essex's Dom Reed in Group 12. A 14-3 win in the first game against Ricky Pyle & Alun Thomas was followed in the second game with a closer 6-5 win against Peter Roberts & Liam Smith. In the final game a solid 13-4 win over Dawn Church & Sue Smith secured top spot in the group.
Peter Hore (Holmans) reformed his World Championship winning pairing with Chris Willies (West Mids) in Group 13. Qualified top of the group but the result details are unclear on the ESMBA website.
Tom Westlake & Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) lined up in Group 14. A 10-7 win in the first game against Ryan Fox & John Jeffrey was followed with a 14-3 win over Ben Pay & James Bucknell. A drawn final game, 8-8 against Dom & Anthony Rogers secured top spot in the group.
In the second round Nigel & Dave lost 4-9 to Malcolm Follis & Keith Smith. Gillian & Steve lost 5-9 to Celia & Chris Jeans. Karen & Dom won 14-5 against James Scoins & Daniel Peach. Peter & Chris lost 6-11 to David Lamb & Jaime Foster and Tom & Luke lost 3-9 to Chris Terry & Glynn Roy.
In the third round Karen & Dom progressed to the Quarter Finals with a 14-7 win against Steve Stanton & David Millington-Jones. There run in the competition came to an end in the Quarter Finals with a 5-7 loss to Ollie Hipkiss & Adam Smith
County Team Trials & Inter County The Inter County Championship reverts back to groups of four this season with Dorset rejoining Cornwall, Devon & Somerset in a South West group. A tight schedule of matches sees all six group games played before the end of November followed by a more than two month gap before the start of the knockout stages in February.
County Team Manager Nigel Nicholls and the respective Premier and A team captains have their first look at the squad on Saturday during the team trials at Carnmoggas.
On Sunday a team of 16 will travel to the Dorset Bowls Resort near Bere Regis for the ESMBA Inter County Rinks competition where Devon & Somerset will provide stiff opposition.
A further team practice is scheduled for Saturday 17 September at Carmoggas with the first group match away to Dorset at the Dorset Bowls Resort on the following day.
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