INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP On Sunday Cornwall's Premier team travel to Daventry Indoor Bowling Club to take on West Sussex in the Semi Finals of the English Short Mat Bowling Association Inter County Championship.
This is the first time Cornwall have reached this stage of the competition and go into the match on the back of a run of three wins, 27-13 away to Devon, 30-10 home to Dorset and most recently the Quarter Final win over Gloucestershire 22-18.
Cornwall make just one change to the team that defeated Gloucestershire in the Quarter Finals with Karen Watson returning to the team in place of the unavailable David Balow.
The full team is Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Peter Hore (Holmans), Karen Watson (Saltash), David Studden (Holmans), John Worton (Ladock), Chris Roberts (Ladock), Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity), Bob Banks (Boscastle), Kevin Williams (Porthleven), Richard Brown (Ladock), Martin Boraston (East Taphouse), Gill Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Richard Kerr (Landrake), Nicholas Truscott (Holmans), Neil Gribble (Landrake), Elise Daniell (Holmans), Percy Tripp (Newlyn Trinity), Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) and Luke Jolly (Treviscoe).
Over the weekend the finals of the County Singles, Two Wood Pairs, Triples and Fours were played at Carnmoggas.
First up on Saturday morning was the County Singles. In the Quarter Finals Peter Hore (Holmans) came from 0-4 behind to beat Martin Boraston (East Taphouse) 11-6. Karen Watson (Saltash) won the first six ends of her game against Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) to lead 10-0 and going on to win 12-3. Neil Gribble (Landrake) came from 3-6 down to beat Chris Roberts (Ladock) 9-6. Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) was 10-0 up against inside four ends against Richard Kerr (Landrake) going on to win 14-4.
In the Semi Finals Hore and Watson were tied at 7-7 after 6 ends before scores of 2,1,3 and 4 for Hore sealed the game with and end to spare 17-7. The other semi was a closer affair with Nicholls taking a single on the last end against Gribble to win 9-8 setting up a final between the two County Premier Team Singles players. In the final Hore lead 7-6 after six ends before picking up two threes in a row to win 14-7 with an end to spare.
On Saturday afternoon the County Fours finals were contested. In the Quarter Finals John Thomas, Rose Dyer, Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity) & Kevin Williams (Porthleven) scored seven over two ends to open up a decisive lead against Dot Nunn, Yolanda Featherstone (Saltash Kernow), Des Pengelly, & Alan Holden (Landrake) going on to win 14-7. After conceding the first two ends to Diane Williams, Mike Richards, Keith Williams & Martin Williams (Penlee), Elise Daniell, Chris Selby, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans) scored on seven ends in a row to win 9-2.
Diane Shorthouse, Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr & Neil Gribble (Landrake) took six on the last three ends against Lynne Davey (Landrake), Martin Boraston (East Taphouse), Gill Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Gary Davey (Landrake) to win 10-5. Betty Temple-Smith (Blisland), Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls), Mike Webster & Keith Matthews (Blisland) came through a tight match against Richard Brown, Sandra Worton, John Worton & Chris Roberts (Ladock) picking up one on the last end to win 8-7.
In the Semi Finals a tight match between Williams and Hore came down to Williams' last bowl with Hore holding four for the match Williams took shot to win 6-5. Davey was never headed as he defeated Matthews 12-3 in the other game. The final was close throughout with Williams winning 8-7.
Sunday morning saw attentions turned to the County Pairs. In the Quarter Finals Richard Brown & Graham Luke (Ladock) defeated Graham Reeves & Peter Skinner (Saltash) 11-9. Ray Jeffery & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) comfortably defeated Betty Temple-Smith (Blisland) & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) 17-2. Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity) & Kevin Williams (Porthleven) defeated Tim Phillips & Darren Mudge (Lostwithiel) 12-10. Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Gill Cawrse (Lostwithiel) won 11-6 against Nigel Jelbert & Mark Payne (Penlee)
The Semi Finals saw Jeffery & Nicholls 13-7 winners against Brown & Luke. Dyer & Williams dispatched Gribble & Cawrse 11-1. In the final the end count was shared with Jeffery & Nicholls winning 11-6 against Dyer & Williams.
Sunday afternoon saw the Triples contested. In the Quarter Finals Kath Goodman, Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) & Karen Watson (Saltash) won 15-3 with an end to spare against Elise Daniell, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans). Des Pengelly, Alan Holden & Richard Kerr (Landrake) picked up seven in two ends to defeat Robert Rawlings, Bill Sharp & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) 10-8. A 'Hot Shot' maximum of six on the 8th end for Diane Williams, Keith Williams & Martin Williams (Penlee) turned the game around with them going on to beat Carol Dodd, John Dodd & Paul Duke (Truro) 12-6. Cynthia Storer, Dave Storer & Chris Roberts (Ladock) came from 0-4 down to win 12-5 against Nathan Waters, Tony Jago & Luke Jolly (Treviscoe).
In the Semi Finals Watson defeated Kerr 15-4 again with and end to spare. Roberts won 9-6 against Williams. Watson controlled the final taking five ends in a row to win 11-2 again with an end to spare.
Photos of all the winners are available on request.
The line up for the end of season Bebbington Cup competition is taking shape with the first two teams confirmed. Withiel Oaks will represent the Central area after topping the area league ahead of Ladock Chiefs. Landrake will represent the East area after overhauling Callington Eagles in the closing weeks of the season.
The West Area looks as though it could come down to the very last last night of fixtures when Holmans host Newlyn Trinity Jowsters. Holmans are currently 7 points ahead but Jowsters have a match (worth six points) in hand.
The North similarly looks as though it could go to the very last fixture. Boscastle hold the top position and a 10 point lead over Blisland who they face at home on Thursday 2nd March. If Boscastle overhaul the 19 shots they trail from the reverse fixture they will guarantee the title. Blisland also have home fixtures against Wadebridge on Tuesday 28th February and Tintagel on Tuesday 7th March. Blisland trial by 2 and 6 points respectively in the two fixtures. Maximum points from the remaining 3 fixtures for Blisland will give them the title.
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INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP On Sunday the Cornwall Premier team travelled to Donyatt Indoor Bowling Club in Somerset to take on Gloucestershire in the Quarter Finals of the Inter County Championship Knockout Competition.
Cornwall took the lead in the match with a first session 5-3 advantage. In the Singles Nigel Nicholls came back from a slow start to win 20-13 and Peter Hore won 17-7. In the Pairs John Worton & Chris Roberts drew 11-11 and David Balow & David Studden lost 10-14.
The second session saw the points shared with Cornwall on top in the Fours with wins for Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr, Nick Truscott & Neil Gribble 14-6 and Elise Daniell, Percy Tripp, Tom Westlake & Luke Jolly 16-12 after a last end count of 6. The Triples fared less well with Mike Dyer, Bob Banks & Kevin Williams losing 4-18 and Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Gill Cawrse losing 11-14,
Cornwall led 9-7 at the lunch interval. In the afternoon Singles and Pairs the morning score of 5-3 was reversed in Glos' favour. Hore won 19-9 in Singles with Nicholls losing a tight game 9-11. In Pairs Balow & Studden drew 11-11 and Worton & Roberts lost 10-18. Cornwall comfortably claimed the Singles bonus points by a margin of 25 with Glos' taking the Pairs by a margin of 12. The final session started with the match score reading 14 points apiece.
In the final session Cornwall won three out of the four games. In the Fours Gribble's rink won 17-7 and Jolly's rink won 20-5 to leave the bonus points with Cornwall by a margin of 37 shots. In the Triples Cawrse won 17-7 whilst Williams lost 5-8, Glos' took the Triples bonus by a margin of 10 shots.
The final match score Cornwall 22 points 212 shots Gloucestershire 18 points 172 shots. Cornwall's Semi Final opponents on 5th March will be West Sussex who defeated Essex 25-15.
County Finals This weekend the County Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours finals will be played at Carnmoggas. The qualifiers for the respective disciplines are
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP On Sunday 5th February the County A Team travelled to Solihull to take on North Yorkshire in the Preliminary Round of the Inter County Championship Knockout Competition.
Against a North Yorkshire team that featured a number of International players Cornwall found the going tough only picking up five points in the first three sessions and conceded the match with a session to play.
The Premier Team are in action this weekend against Gloucestershire at Donyatt IBC in Somerset in the Quarter Finals of the Premier Knockout Competition.
The team announced for the match is Nigel Nicholls, Peter Hore, David Balow, David Studden, John Worton, Chris Roberts, Mike Dyer, Bob Banks, Kevin Williams, Richard Brown, Martin Boraston, Gill Cawrse, Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr, Nick Truscott, Neil Gribble, Elise Daniell, Percy Tripp, Tom Westlake, Luke Jolly.
The match gets underway at 1000 and it is hoped to bring live updates throughout the day on our social media channels.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR Eight local bowlers travelled to Bromsgrove recently to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour English Masters.
Peter Hore (Holmans) had the best weekend of the local players involved coming through the group stages unbeaten before bowing out of the Cup competition in the round of 16 to eventual runner up Martin Simcock (Eng). Peter now sits 63rd in the overall SMPT rankings and 20th in the Order of Merit.
David Studden (Holmans), making his SMPT debut, topped his group with 12 out of a possible 15 points to go through to the Cup competition where he lost to the eventual winner Joseph Beattie (IRE) in the round of 32. David moves to 255th in the overall rankings and 113th in the Order of Merit.
Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) was the third bowler to make it through to the Cup competition scoring 7 points in his group. In the Round of 64 Nigel lost to young Dorset player Alex Kley. Nigel remains the top Cornwall player in the rankings lying 48th in the overall rankings and 17th in the Order of Merit.
Nicholas Truscott (Holmans) scored two wins in his group but could only make it through to the the Shield Competition where he enjoyed a run through to the Quarter Finals losing a tight match against eventual winner Adam Easthope (Eng). After failing to win a game on Saturday Elise Daniell (Holmans) put together a run of wins on Sunday to also reach the Quarter Finals of the Shield where she lost out to Gethin Edwards (Wal) 4-15. Gill Cawrse (Lostwithiel), on debut in SMPT competitions, similarly turned her fortunes around on Sunday to reach the round of 16 in the Shield where she lost out to Truscott 7-11.
Tom Westlake (Treviscoe) recorded a solitary win in his group which was enough to earn him a bye through to the round of 32 in the Shield where he lost on the last end to Easthope 7-9. Chris Selby (Holmans) won his final group game on Sunday morning but that was not enough to avoid a round of 64 match where Gunnar Frantzen (Nor) provided the opposition with the Norwegian prevailing 5-11.