Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association News Release - 19 November 2017
British Isles Championships The British Isles Championships were held over the weekend at Shaw's Bridge Stadium in Belfast, Ireland. James Smith (Lostwithiel) was the sole locally registered bowler in the England Premier team lining up with Oxfordshire's Gareth Davies and West Midlands Alan Jones & Chris Willies in the Team competition won by Ireland with 12 points and +68 shots with England second on 8 +18, Wales third on 6 +34 and Scotland failing to score with 0 -110. Scores v Wales 40-36 overall (James's rink 7-12), v Ireland 27-40 (11-6), v Scotland 45-31 (8-7), v Wales 42-39 (12-8), v Ireland 36-41 (8-13) & v Scotland 50-35 (13-12)
In the A Team competitions David Studden (Holmans) was unable to defend the Pairs title won 12 months ago with a new partner, West Midland's Phil Warr. Having got off to a good start with a 27-13 win against Scotland a narrow 12-14 defeat to Wales and 12-19 defeat against Ireland left the pairing in third place, with Wales taking the title, the only one not claimed by Ireland over the weekend.
Elise Daniell (Holmans) and Luke Jolly (Withiel) were teamed with Gloucestershire's Vincent Odornihan in the Triples. A heavy 12-24 defeat against Wales was followed by a comprehensive 26-5 win against Scotland but defeat on the final game to Ireland 11-19 left them in third place, with Ireland taking the title.
Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) played in the Fours with Essex's Anthony Fautley, West Sussex's Richard Jeffery and Hampshire's Nadine Bailey. A 7-9 defeat against Wales was followed by a 6-24 defeat to Ireland. A win in the final game against Scotland 16-10 saw them avoid the wooden spoon finishing third with Ireland taking the title.
Peter Hore (Holmans) was the only local bowler in the team competition playing with Dorset's Sam Harvey & Alex Kley and Gloucestershire's Ollie Hipkiss. England finished second on 8 points +45 shots to Ireland on 12 +107. Scores v Wales 52-23 (20-3), v Scotland 43-31 (7-7), v Ireland 27-41 (4-11), v Wales 37-33 (11-8), v Scotland 48-28 (12-10) & v Ireland 26-48 (5-15).
Inter Area League On Sunday Carnmoggas hosted the second round of Inter Area League fixtures with North and West playing out a 20 points each and 162 to 163 shots result. In the other match East won by 27 points and 177 shots to Central's 13 points and 194 shots.
National Championship Qualifiers On Saturday the remaining National Championship Qualifiers will be played at Carnmoggas when the qualifiers for the Singles, Fours and Mixed Fours will be decided.
Inter County Championship On Sunday Cornwall face Devon at Carnmoggas in the Inter County Championship in a match that Cornwall's Premier Team must win if they are to keep up their chase of a place in the ICC Knock-Outs. Somerset lead the Premier group on 103 points from 5 matches with Cornwall second on 91 from 4, Devon third on 86 from 5 and Dorset fourth on 80 from 4.
With the A Team unlikely to reach end of season knockouts they will be looking to build on the positive result against Dorset last time out. In the table Somerset lead the way on 125 points from 5 games, Devon sit second on 113 from 5, Dorset are third on 69 from 4 and Cornwall are fourth on 54 from 4.
Dorset host Somerset on Sunday at the Dorset Bowls Resort. This weekend Fixtures will complete the group stages for Somerset and Devon leaving Cornwall and Dorset knowing exactly what they need to do when the meet for the final group game on Sunday 7th January at the Dorset Bowls Resort.