COUNTY TWO WOOD SINGLES On Saturday 34 bowlers took part in the County Two Wood Singles at Carnmoggas. Split into morning and afternoon sessions 18 and 16 players took part respectively with four qualifiers from each session going through to the finals later in the season.
From the morning session Peter Hore (Holmans) went through on shot difference with 5 pts +24 shots from Group One after drawing the deciding game against Bob Smith (Porthleven) who finished on 5 +16. In Group Two the short odds would have been on an to that point unbeaten David Balow (Marazion) who came up against John Worton (Ladock) who had drawn both his opening games in the final group game. It was Worton however who won by 8 shots to take top spot with 4 +8 ahead of Balow's 4 -3.
Alan Holden (Landrake) was unbeaten in Group Three to finish with 6 +16. Having lost to Holden, Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) won his other two games to finish second in group with 4 +8. Group Four saw three bowlers finish on four points with Karen Watson (Saltash) topping the table with 4 +24, Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) second with 4 +9 and Kevin Williams (Porthleven) third with 4 +4.
In the afternoon session Graham Reeves (Saltash) topped Group One with an unbeaten 6 +29 ahead of club mate John Nixon on 4 -5. Betty Temple-Smith (Blisland) was also unbeaten in a group that included both current County A Team singles players to finish on 6 +23 with Tony Baldwin (Callington) second with 4 +1.
Chris Fry (Treviscoe) won a last game decider in Group Three against Gerald Fisher (Illogan) to finish unbeaten with 6 +22 ahead of Fisher's 4 +17. Group Four was also decided on a last game decider between Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) and Elise Daniell (Holmans). Westlake prevailed to to finish with an unbeaten 6 +15 ahead of Daniell's 4 +/-0.
The eight group winners will play the finals later in the season.
In the West Area Holmans, who have lead the Premier Division throughout the first half of the season only scored two points away to Newlyn Trinity Jowsters on Tuesday to finish the first half of the season on 58 points. Jowsters have two matches in hand and sit second on 51 points. In the Central area Withiel lead the way on 32 points at the end of the first half of the season with a nine point lead over Lostwithiel.
In the East Callington Eagles led on 30 points three ahead of Landrake with Saltash Blues a further point behind. Promoted Boscastle lead the way in the North five points ahead of Blisland.
WEST AREA FOUR WOOD SINGLES The Western Area Four Wood Singles were played recently. The 8 finalists are Charles Mullis (Centenary), Gerald Fisher (Redruth), Alan Parker (Penlee), Kevin Williams (Porthleven), Ian Sinclair (Hayle), David Balow (Marazion), Terry Jackson (Penzance) and Don Falck (Marazion). The finals will be contested on the afternoon of Sunday 5th March at Penlee.
COMING UP In January the County Four Wood Pairs will be played over the weekend on 7th and 8th January at Carnmoggas. The 14th & 15th will see Nigel Nicholls, Peter Hore, Elise Daniell & Tom Westlake travel to Sweden to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour Swedish Open whilst back in England the ESMBA host the Top Club Competition. On Saturday 21st the ESMBA host an Open Singles competition ahead of a squad practice day on Sunday 22nd. Locally the final round of Inter Area League games will be played on the same day.
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