Second placed Stephen Proctor went out in the last 32 having ended fourth placed Jonathan Payne's run a round earlier. Devon's James Trott and Essex's Dom Reed also went out in last 64. This left the top three in the Order of Merit unchanged with Nigel taking the title to end a fine season where he claimed the British Open title in York in January and bronze medal in the English Masters in Chelmsford in February.
Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association News Release - 15 April 2018
National Championships This weekend Melton Mowbray Indoor Bowling Club hosted the ESMBA National Championships with Cornwall well represented. On Thursday in the Singles Callum Beale (Withiel) came through the group stages before losing in the last 32 by 12 shots to 7 against Chris Willies (West Midlands). Karen Watson (Saltash) did not make it through the group stages.
On Friday Howard McCormack & Mark Payne (Penlee) topped their group to set up a last 32 game against Christina Chant & Emily Thomas (Dorset) which they lost 6-9. Martin Boraston (East Taphouse) & Gary Davey (Landrake) and Elise Daniell (Holmans) & Luke Jolly (Withiel) did not make it through the group stages.
Saturday's Fours saw both Cornwall Fours through to the Knockouts. Elise Daniell, David Studden (Holmans), Karen Watson & Peter Hore (Holmans) topped their group to set up a last 32 match against Herefordshire's Kate Williams, Shirley Cox, John Mills & Rebecca Coc which they won 9-2. In the last 16 the met the eventual winners Adam Easthope, Allan Williams, Craig Strong & Ross Dunkley losing 5-9. Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Luke Jolly & Callum Beale came through second in group to meet another Herefordshire team Mike Conway, Mark Cindery, David Millington-Jones & Antony Rogers in the last 32 losing 6-10.
On Sunday neither Cornwall Triple made it through to the knockout stages with both Kevin Williams (Porthleven), Mike Dyer (Newlyn Trinity) & Nigel Nicholls or Elise Daniell, Luke Jolly & Callum Beale bowing out in the group stages.
Short Mat Players Tour This coming weekend Nigel Nicholls and Callum Beale travel to Belfast for the final SMPT tournaments of the year at the Belfast Indoor Bowling Club.
On Friday afternoon Nigel pairs up with Stephen Proctor and Callum with Sean Trainor for the Two Bowl Pairs.
For the weekends main event on Saturday and Sunday, the World Masters with an entry of 234 bowlers, Nigel starts the tournament leading the season's Order of Merit table with an advantage of 48.25 points over his nearest rival after winning the British Open in January and claiming third place in the English Masters in February. With a possible 150 points on offer in the tournament the 4 bowlers could still overhaul Nigel at the top of the table.