Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association News Release - 20 August 2017
Short Mat Players Tour - UK Open Over the weekend 11 bowlers from Cornwall competed in the Short Mat Players Tour UK Open at the Falcon Bowling and Social Club in Chelmsford with mixed fortunes.
Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) came through the group stages unbeaten to top Group 3 and take a place in the main knockout Cup competition. In the first round Nigel defeated Bob Naylor 13-3. The second round saw Nigel face multiple World Short Mat Bowls Council World Champion Stephen Williams (WAL) coming through with a 14-13 win. The third round saw defeat at the hands of Jonathan Payne (BEL) 9-12.
Callum Beale (Blisland) was the only other local bowler to make it through to the Cup competition topping Group 31 with 4 wins and a draw. With a bye to the second round Callum came up against eventual Semi-Finalist Stuart McSorley (IRE) losing 5-11.
Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake) went through to the Plate competition after finishing third in Group 13 with three wins and two losses. In the first round Dennis defeated Mitchell Young 11-7. David Glennerster was up next in the second round and was beaten 13-3. In the third round Richard Forsythe was beaten 11-10. In the Quarter Final multiple Players Tour event winner Mark Beattie (IRE) proved too strong winning 12-6 to end Dennis's run in the event.
Luke Jolly (Withiel) was one of three bowlers on nine points in Group 23 but was placed lowest (4th) on the tie break rules and progressed to the Plate competition. In the first round Richard Palmer (WAL) was defeated 12-10. In the second round Daniel Winmill proved too strong winning 5-11.
Peter Hore (Holmans) recorded two wins in Group 31 to be placed fifth and take a place in the Shield competition. With a bye to the second round Peter made progress through the draw defeating Ian Ford 14-5 in the second round, Chris Duncan (IRE) 11-6 in the third round and Greg Wade 13-3 in the quarter final. In the semi final 2016 English Masters winner James Bucknell proved too strong winning 12-3.
Martin Boraston (East Taphouse) finished fifth in Group 11 with one win to progress to the Shield competition. With a bye in the first round, Gill Willis provided second round opposition with Gill winning 5-14. Bill Crawford (Saltash Kernow) finished fifth in Group 21 with one win to progress to the Shield competition where defeat came in the first round to Greg Wade 5-11.
None of the remaining local bowlers in the competition recorded wins in the group stages and all went forward to the Shield competition. Dianne Shorthouse (Landrake) progressed the furthest with wins in the first round win against Liz Jones (WAL) 10-6, second round 22-2 against Muhammed Abu Baker (UAE) 22-2 before an 8-18 loss to Aaron Clare in the third round. Des Pengelly (Landrake) came through the first round of the knockout 11-10 against Mark McHugh 11-10 before a loss in the second round to Chris Hopkins 7-14. Elise Daniell (Holmans) defeated Armin Stoll (CAN) 18-4 in the first knockout round before losing 5-17 to James Bucknell in the second round. Glynn Roy won 9-8 against Nigel Marshall in the first knockout round but lost 10-11 in the second round to Aaron Claire.
The tournament winners were Cup - Sam Harvey (WAL) who defeated Dom Reed 11-3. The Plate went to Tony Bell (IRE) who beat Mark Beattie (IRE) 10-7. The Shield was won by James Bucknall who defeated Kirsty Hatch (WAL) 13-8.
The next Players Tour event is the Irish Open over the weekend of 16th and 17th September in Belfast.
County Competition Entries In response to requests from members the closing date for entering County Competitions has been put back this year to the 30th September. Details are with club secretary's and available on the CCSMBA website at www.ccsmba.co.uk.
ENDS Nicholas Truscott Press and Promotions Officer CCSMBA
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