COUNTY TRIPLES On Sunday 28 teams competed in the qualification competition for the County Triples at Carnmoggas with teams split into 7 groups of 4 with the group winners and best runner up progressing to the County Finals.
Group One produced the two qualifiers with Carol Dodd, Paul Duke & John Dodd (Truro) and Diane Williams, Keith Williams & Martin Williams (Penlee) both finishing on 4 points +16 shots. The Truro team went through as group winners by virtue of having beaten the Penlee team during the day. Group Two winners were Richard Kerr, Alan Holden & Des Pengelly (Landrake) with 4 +17. Kath Goodman, Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) & Karen Watson (Saltash) topped Group Three with 5 +12.
Group Four winners were Robert Rawlings, Bill Sharp & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) with 6 +11. Nathan Waters, Tony Jago & Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) won Group Five with 6 +17. Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans) topped Group Six with 6 +16. Top scorers and taking the final group win in Group 7 were Cynthia Storer, Dave Storer & Chris Roberts (Ladock) with 6 +21.
The qualifiers will return to Carnmoggas on Sunday 26th February to compete for the County title.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR NORWEGIAN OPEN Over the weekend Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) travelled to Norway to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour Norwegian Open in Skein. Drawn in Group 11 Nigel started Saturday with defeat to Swede Christer Nordin 10-12. Wins against Emirati Tariq Hussain 28-3 and Swede Birgit Dahlgren 12-9 left Nigel in second place in the group overnight. On Sunday morning Nigel confirmed second in group with a 15-5 win against Swede Christer Nilsson.
In the Knockout Competition Nigel came up against Dick Almen of Sweden in the last 32 coming through 9-6. In the last 16 Nigel came up against Tom Brady of Ireland winning 10-9 to set up a Quarter Final against Jonathan Payne of Belguim. Payne won the game 13-8. The run through to the Quarter Finals has seen Nigel rise to No. 55 in the World Rankings which take into account the past two seasons of SMPT competitions and 20th in current season's Order of Merit rankings.
COUNTY LEAGUES The county league program is well under way with early front runners being established in each area.
COMING UP On Sunday Cornwall's England Squad members travel to Tamworth for the final squad day before the British Isles Championships over the weekend of the 19th & 20th. On Saturday 12th National Pairs and Triples Qualifiers will be played at Carnmoggas. On Sunday 13th the County Team travel to Exeter to face Devon in an Inter County League match. Whilst the Counties England Squad members are away at the British Isles Championships Inter Area League matches between North & West and Central & East will be played at Carnmoggas on Sunday 20th. Saturday 26th will see the remaining National Championship qualifiers contested at Carnmoggas and the following day Cornwall face Dorset at Carnmoggas in the final group game of the season.
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