BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS Cornwall's England Squad members have been in Bromsgrove over the weekend competing in the British Isles Short Mat Bowls Championships.
David Studden, who plays for the Holmans club locally, teamed up with Emily Thomas from Dorset to claim the A Team Pairs title. Defeat in their opening game to Wales 13-21 left the pair needing to win both their remaining games. A 12-9 win against the Irish left them needing a further large win against Scotland and for Ireland to beat Wales to secure the title. A dominant 31-3 win against the Scots and Ireland winning left Dave and Emily with the title, the final scores being Eng 4 points +23 shots, Ire 4 +13, Wal 4 +1, Sco 0 -37.
Peter Hore (Holmans) & Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) were joined by Somerset's James Scoins and Wiltshire's Thomas Bright in the Fours in which they finishing in third place after defeats to Ireland 8-15 and Wales 10-15 and a 22-6 win against Scotland. The final positions Ire 6 +19, Wal 4 +26, Eng 2 +4, Sco 0 -49.
Ireland took the Singles with 6 +12 ahead of Wales 4 +4, England 2 -5 and Scotland 0-11. Ireland also claimed the Triples with 4 +12 ahead of England with 4 +8, Wales 4 +7 and Scotland 0 -27.
Ireland claimed the team event where each country is represented by four rinks playing each country twice over the two days in six rounds of games.
On Saturday England started with a 52-32 win over Wales followed by a 63-26 win over Scotland. The day ended with a narrow 37-40 defeat to Ireland. Sunday saw a 47-28 win over Wales, a massive 71-27 win against Scotland leaving a final game decider against Ireland which the Irish won 49-37. Ireland took the title with a maximum 12 points and +193 shots, England were 2nd with 8 +105, Wales 3rd with 4 -73 and Scotland 4th with 0 -225.
Peter Hore (Holmans) skipped Peter Roberts (Cheshire), Jamie Forster (Norfolk) & Peter Fautley (Essex) winning 4 games with a +50 shot difference. Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) played lead to Callum Beale (Northants), Stephen Holdsworth (Gloucestershire) & Nicky Bartlett (Kent) winning 3 games and drawing 1 with a +34 shot difference. Elise Daniell (Holmans) & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) played at lead and three respectively with Anthony Fautley (Essex) and Dave Lamb (Norfolk) winning 3 games with a +9 shot difference. Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) & Karen Watson (Saltash) played with Del Johns (Surrey) & Ollie Hipkiss (Gloucestershire) winning 2 games and drawing 1 with a +12 shot difference.
In the Main Championships England claimed the Pairs and Fours titles with Wales taking the Singles and Ireland the Triples and Team Competition.
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP On Sunday Cornwall complete their Inter County Championship group fixtures when they host Dorset at Carnmoggas. For Cornwall's Premier Team a win should secure second place and a spot in the knockout stages of the competition, Somerset would need a minimum of 58 out of a possible 80 points home and away to Devon to overhaul Cornwall with Somerset hosting Devon this weekend and the return in early January. The current table reads Pl W D L Pts Dorset 5 3 0 2 101 Cornwall 5 2 0 3 100 Devon 4 3 0 1 95 Somerset 4 1 0 3 64
The A Team will be looking for a comprehensive win to confirm the top spot knowing that Somerset and Devon have games in hand. The current table is Pl W D L Pts Cornwall 5 3 0 2 112 Somerset 4 3 1 0 88 Dorset 5 0 2 3 82 Devon 4 1 1 2 78
INTER AREA LEAGUE On Sunday Inter Area League matches were played at Carnmoggas with Central defeating East by 30 points and 215 shots to 10 points 127 shots. West won 23 points and 185 shots to 17 points and 172 shots against North.
WEST AREA FOUR WOOD PAIRS On Saturday the West Area Four Wood Pairs were contested at Marazion and Hayle. Eight pairs have qualified for finals later in the year.
Sally Greenwood & Lynne Haynes (Marazion), Howard McCormack (Penlee) & Roy Sumner (Marazion), Charles Mullis & Fred Spurr (Centenary), Robin Smith (Penlee) & Rose Dyer (Newlyn Trinity), David Balow & David Foulds (Marazion), Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity) & Kevin Williams (Porthleven), Barry Kessell & Tina Wills (Redruth), Martin & Diane Williams (Penlee)
NATIONAL QUALIFIERS On Saturday the National Singles, Fours and Mixed Fours qualifiers will be played at Carnmoggas.
COUNTY LEAGUES The county league program is well under way with early front runners being established in each area.