Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls Premier Team made history on St Piran's day by winning a place in the English Short Mat Bowling Association Inter County Championship final for the first time defeating West Sussex at Daventry Indoor Bowling Club in the semi finals.
Cornwall started the match well taking an advantage in the first session winning two games and drawing one. In the Singles Peter Hore picked up two on the last end to win 15-14 with Nigel Nicholls losing 10-16. In the Pairs Karen Watson & David Studden won 15-11 and John Worton & Chris Roberts drew 13-13.
A shared second session saw a win apiece in both the Triples and Fours. For Cornwall Bob Banks, Mike Dyer & Kevin Williams won 12-9 and in the Fours Dennis Shorthouse, Richard Kerr, Nicholas Truscott & Neil Gribble won 11-4. Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Gillian Cawrse lost 11-12 in the Triples and Elise Daniell, Percy Tripp, Tom Westlake & Luke Jolly lost 6-8 in the Fours. At the halfway point in the match Cornwall led by 9 points to 7.
Cornwall extended their lead in the third session with wins for Nicholls in the Singles 16-10, Worton & Roberts 17-13 and Watson & Studden 16-14 in the Pairs. Hore lost in the other singles 11-16. Cornwall took the Pairs bonus points with West Sussex taking the Singles to move the match score on to Cornwall 17 West Sussex 11.
With all to play a tense final session was played out with Cornwall coming out on top. In Triples Williams won 17-10 with Cawrse losing by a repeat of her morning score 11-12. Cornwall secured the bonus points from the Triples. In the Fours Gribble won 12-9 and Jolly won 11-8 also securing bonus points. Taking 10 points from the final session Cornwall claimed an historic 27 points and 204 shots to 13 points 179 shots victory.
Cornwall return to Daventry on Sunday (12th March) for the final where three times former champions (93/94, 99/00 & 03/04) West Midlands provide the opposition after they defeated Norfolk 28-12 in the other semi final.
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).
COUNTY FINALS Before Sunday's ICC final two County Titles will be decided at Carnmoggas on Saturday. First up the Two Wood Singles will be played starting at 0900 followed by the Four Wood Pairs at around 1130.