On Sunday Cornwall hosted Somerset at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club in the third Inter County Championship match of the season.
The Premier Team came into the match with having lost the preceding fixtures away to Dorset and at home to Devon. Cornwall started confidently taking three wins in the first session. In the Singles Nigel Nicholls won 15-12 and Peter Hore won 19-5. In the Pairs David Balow & David Studden won 14-10 and John Worton & Karen Watson 10-11.
A further session advantage to Cornwall in the second session saw the home county open up an 11-5 lead at the half way point. In the Triples Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Gillian Cawrse won 16-10 and Mike Dyer, Bob Banks & Kevin Williams drew 7-7. In the Fours Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr, Nicholas Truscott & Neil Gribble won 10-3 with Elise Daniell, Percy Tripp, Tom Westlake & Luke Jolly losing 10-13.
The third session saw Cornwall further extend there advantage in the match with Nicholls and Hore completing a clean sweep in the Singles win 20-4 and 16-8 wins respectively ensuring the bonus points were also secured. In the Pairs Balow & Studden drew 15-15 with Worton & Watson losing 9-12 to leave the bonus points shared. With a session to play Cornwall led 19 points to 9.
In the final session Cornwall again too a points advantage winning three of the four games. In the Triples Williams won 15-6 but Cawrse lost 8-15, Cornwall took the bonus points with a 8 shot margin. In the Fours Gribble won 14-7 and Jolly, with Kath Goodman taking over at Lead, won 10-7 to secure the final two bonus points.
The final match score Cornwall 29 points 208 shots Somerset 11 points 145 shots. With Devon taking a comprehensive 31-9 win away to Dorset the table reads. Pl Pts Dorset 3 63 Devon 2 58 Cornwall 3 56 Somerset 2 24
The A Team failed to find the form they had shown in the opening two matches of the season taking a solitary point in the first session with Ronnie Thomas drawing 9-9 in the Singles. In the other Singles Chris Roberts lost 9-13. In the Pairs there were defeats for Graham Reeves & Tony Baldwin 12-17 and Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden 10-13.
Somerset again took a session advantage in the second session with Cornwall taking three of the eight points on offer. In the Triples Lynne Davey, Alan Holden & Gary Davey won 16-7 and in the Fours Henry Kendall, Graham Ford, Mike Webster & Keith Matthews drew 9-9. In the other games Brenda Sleep, John Dodd & Derek Newton lost 7-18 and in the Fours Meg Horrell, Sandra Worton, Tony Jago & Ken Horrell lost 8-9. At the halfway stage in the match Cornwall trailed 4 points to 12.
The third session again saw Somerset take a points advantage with Cornwall picking up five points. In the Pairs Reeves & Baldwin drew 14-14 and Temple-Smith & Burden won 17-7 which secured the bonus points by a margin of two. In the Singles Roberts lost 7-15 and Thomas 8-15.
Cornwall fought back in the final session to take nine points with wins for Davey 19-7 in the Triples and Matthews 16-6 in the Fours. In the other Fours Horrell drew 8-8 and Triples Newton lost 7-14. Cornwall claimed the bonus points in both disciplines to take the final score up to Cornwall 18 points 176 shots Somerset 22 points 181 shots. With Dorset and Devon sharing points 20-20 in there match the table now reads. Pl Pts Cornwall 3 69 Dorset 3 51 Somerset 2 42 Devon 2 38
Cornwall's pursuit of qualification for the knock out stages resumes on Sunday 23rd October when the return match against Somerset is played at Donyatt Indoor Bowling Club.
COUNTY TWO WOOD PAIRS
This weekend attention returns to County Championship matters with the qualification competition of the County Two Wood pairs with 25 pairs on each day playing for 4 places in the County Finals.
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