Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association News Release - 5 November 2017
Inter County Championship On Sunday Cornwall face Dorset in the ESMBA Inter County Championship at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club in a match that will go some way to determining the final outcome of the South West group in the Premier competition. Cornwall currently lie in third place in the group at the moment on 66 points but have a game in hand over 2nd place Devon on 69 and leaders Somerset on 80 points.
Cornwall's A Team are languishing at the bottom of the table on 32 points from three games so far this season and will be looking for a much improved second half of the season.
County Triples Last Sunday 23 teams competed in the County Triples at Carnmoggas with 8 teams going forward to the finals. The teams were split into five groups with the group winners and three best runners up going through.
From Group One Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity) & Kevin Williams (Porthleven) were unbeaten with 6 points +22 shots. Brian Wakeley, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (Ladock) claimed a finals spot finishing second on 4 +15. Group Two was topped by Rose Dyer (Newlyn Trinity), Howard McCormack & Mark Payne (Penlee) with 5 +13, also qualifying were Bob Banks, John Wakelin & David Topliffe (Boscastle) 4 +16.
Group Three was topped by Martin Boraston (East Taphouse), Lynne Davey & Gary Davey (Landrake) on 6 +21. Eileen Taylor, Robert Rawlings & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) claimed the final runners up spot with 4 +11. Group Four was topped by Val Risdon, Neil Wright & Geoff Risdon (Lantegos) on 6 +24 and Group Five was headed by Ray Jeffery (Newlyn Trinity), David Balow (Marazion) & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) on 6 +24.
The qualifiers will return Carnmoggas in March to play for the County title.
ESMBA Open Triples On Saturday 28 October a number of local bowlers competed in the ESMBA Open Triples.
Peter Hore (Holmans) and Karen Watson (Saltash) teamed up with Anthony Fautley from Essex to win the Plate competition beating fellow local bowlers Luke Jolly (Withiel), David Studden (Holmans) & Glynn Roy (Withiel) in the final.
Elise Daniell (Holmans), playing with Norfolk's Nicky Bartlett & Gloucestershire's Jake Attrill reached the last eight of the main competition. Callum Beale (Withiel), playing with Gloucestershire's Tom Clough and Vincent Dornan won their group but bowed out of the competition at the last 16 stage. Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) played in a mixed team and didn't win a game in the group stages. James Smith (Lostwithiel) played with Devon's Thomas Perris & Paul Pomoroy finishing third in group.
British Isles Championships The British Isles Championships take place over the weekend of 18th & 19th November in Ireland. James Smith (Lostwithiel) is the sole locally registered bowler in the Premier team lining up with Oxfordshire's Gareth Davies and West Midlands Alan Jones & Chris Willies in the Team competition.
The remainder of Cornwall's England squad members will play in the A team championships. David Studden (Holmans) defends the Pairs title won 12 months ago with a new partner, West Midland's Phil Warr. Elise Daniell (Holmans) and Luke Jolly (Withiel) are teamed with Gloucestershire's Vincent Dornan in the Triples. Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) plays in the Fours with Essex's Anthony Fautley, West Sussex's Richard Jeffery and Hampshire's Nadine Bailey. Peter Hore (Holmans) is the only local bowler in the team competition playing with Dorset's Sam Harvey & Alex Kley and Gloucestershire's Ollie Hipkiss.
Short Mat Players Tour Norwegian Open Over the weekend of 28th & 29th October Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) travelled to Norway for the SMPT Norwegian Open competition.
Nigel came through the group stages comfortably winning 4 out of 5 games to finish second.
In the Cup Knockout Nigel came through the round of 32 with a 12-8 win against Mike Shaw (ENG). In the round of 16 Nigel won 14-8 against John Lax (ENG) in a match that was broadcast live from the tournament on Facebook. In the Quarter Finals Nigel faced Jonathan Payne (Bel) losing 11-8. The results saw Nigel move up the seasons Order of Merit rankings to fourth place on 299 points, 41 behind top placed Stephen Proctor who won the tournament. In the Rankings Nigel moved up 2 places to 17th on 573 points.
The next SMPT Singles competition is in York over the weekend of 13th & 14th January with a number of local bowlers expected to make the journey.
National Qualifers The first of the National Championship qualification events takes place on Saturday when the Pairs and Triples will be played at Carnmoggas.