Sunday, 15 April 2018


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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.
Rank   Player Country Points
3   JAMES TROTT ENG 527.25
5   DOM REED ENG 447.50
7   JOEL HÄGER SE 396.25
9   STEPHEN GALE IM 392.00
10   JAMIE STILES WAL 366.50

In the world rankings, calculated over a rolling 12 events Nigel lies in 5th place and is the only bowler in the Top 10 not to have to drop points at this event.

Rank   Player Country Points Dropping
1   STEPHEN PROCTOR ENG 936.13 118.50 (817.63)
2   JAMES TROTT ENG 859.75 64.25 (795.5)
3   JONATHAN PAYNE BE 795.25 33 (762.25)
4   DOM REED ENG 787.25 92.13 (695.12)
5   NIGEL NICHOLLS ENG 740.75 0 (740.75)
6   EDWARD SAWBRIDGE ENG 687 87 (600)
6   STEPHEN GALE IM 687 87 (600)
8   JACK PYE ENG 682 94 (588)
9   JONAS HÄGER SE 645.50 65 (580.5)
10   CHRISTER NORDIN SE 635.50 41 (594.5)

Nigel is drawn in Group 20 for the event
Group 20 Stats 

      W %
135 NO TOM ERIK JOHNSEN 32.43% (37)
32 ENG KEITH LACKFORD 50.75% (67)
82 ENG DENNIS HINKS 47.06% (85)
52 ENG DANIEL SANDS 57.89% (38)
335 IIBA WILLIAM ESLER 34.55% (55)
5 ENG NIGEL NICHOLLS 71.09% (128)

Callum is drawn in Group 39
Group 39 Stats 

      W %
322 IIBA IVOR ARMSTRONG 47.46% (59)
117 IIBA WILLIAM BOGGS 68.60% (86)
139 IIBA MICHAEL BEATTIE 58.82% (34)
53 WAL DAFYDD HOWELL 50.79% (63)
51 ENG CALLUM BEALE 58.33% (36)

The SMPT organisers will be providing the usual full results service and social media broadcasting from the event over the two days.  Facebook @ShortMatPlayersTour and Results at

Annual Presentation & Annual General Meeting
Locally on Sunday the Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay hosts the Annual Presnetation lunch and Annual General meeting of the association.

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer

Tel 07800 916059

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