CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 19 August 2018
HEADLINE Newlyn bowler to captain England at the Short Mat Players Tour World Cup Event, details below.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR - PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE SEASON
The 2017-18 season has finished, the players have cast their votes and now, with great pleasure, we can reveal that the winner of the SMPT Players' Player of the Season is…
Nigel Nicholls (England): Players' Player Of The Season 2017-18
A very impressive 81.13 win percentage has helped Nigel have arguably his best season yet. Beginning the year at No.42 in the World Rankings, a Last 16 appearance at the UK Open started his climb to the summit. Further Cup qualification at both the Irish & Norwegian Opens saw Nigel take great form to York for our first British Open. Some impressive bowling from the man from Penzance, Cornwall helped him take his first SMPT title. There was another medal at the very next event, this time a bronze at the English Masters. A strong showing at the World Masters also helped Nigel finish top of the Order of Merit and a career high of No.4 in the World Rankings. Nigel also managed three Cup runs in the pairs events he entered, finishing 23rd in the pairs rankings.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR - WORLD CUP
On Friday 24th August the Short Mat Players Tour (SMPT) host the season opening World Cup Competition in Chelmsford. Ten teams compete, made up of the top four points scorers for each country in the Order of Merit standing from the preceding season. The teams are drawn into a round robin competition followed by Semi Finals and a final.
England are in Group A where they face Scotland, Norway, Wales & a Rest of the World team. Group B includes Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Isle of Man & United Arab Emirates.
The Short Mat Players Tour website writes; "England come back as top seeds once again and they will be in with a good chance of improving on their two previous runners-up spots. Returning from last year are World No.1 Stephen Proctor and ESMBA National Singles Champion James Trott. It's a return to the team after a two year absence for World No.5 Dom Reed and captaining the side this year is Order Of Merit winner and Players Player Of The Year, Nigel Nicholls.
Can the English quartet turn their incredible form from last season into more silverware and capture England's first World Cup title? If everything goes to form a semi-final match up with either Sweden or Belgium looks likely. A win would probably result in a repeat of last year's final against Ireland. Will it be third time lucky for the English?"
Nigel commented "I am very excited to be playing for England in the SMPT World Cup for the first time and hope to lead the team to its first victory in the competition."
Results are expected to be posted at https://shortmatplayerstour.com/world-cup/fixtures-schedule/ during the event which gets under way at 1300.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR - UK OPEN
Over the Bank Holiday weekend a number of bowlers from Cornwall travel to Chelmsford to compete in the SMPT UK Open competition where a full entry of 192 bowlers will compete for the title.
Leading the list of local bowlers competing is Nigel Nicholls of the Newyln Trinity club who starts the defence of the SMPT Order of Merit title won last year. He is drawn in Group 7 for the round robin stages of the competition where he faces Pauline Child (Rank N/A), Michael Powell (N/A), Ed Sawbridge (11), Andy Thompson (40) and Ferdinand Frantzen (288).
Martin Boraston (552) (Duloe) is drawn in group 5 against Mitchell Young (39), David Blundell (N/A), Darren Brown (N/A), Keith Lackford (35) & John Jeffery (253). Elise Daniell (99) (Holmans) will play in group 10 against Terry Mead (552), Dom Read (5), Sam Moore (50), Christer Nordin (13) & Sam Harvey (95).
Group 14 sees Peter Hore (30) (Holmans) and Karen Watson (208) (Saltash) drawn to meet each other in the group stages where they also face Saul Featherstone (73), Martin Grange (418), Emily Poulter (381) & Robin Armstrong (128). Luke Jolly (381) (Withel) is drawn in Group 27 where he will face Josie Robinson (519), Tony Ealham (74), Hannah Cochrane (92), Muhammad Shabbir (N/A) & Tone Bøe (22).
As is usual for the SMPT tournaments the top two in each group will go through to the Cup competition, third and fourth to the Plate and fifth and sixth to the Shield.
A full results service is available throughout the tournament at
Nomads and Blisland will contest the final of the 2018 Summer League after finishing top of the West and East tables respectively. The matches are planned for the 21st August at Newlyn and 4th September at Blisland.
The area league tables currently stand at:
SUCCESSFUL SUMMER FOR LOCAL BOWLERS
Local bowlers have had a successful summer competing in a number of competitions. On July 8th Peter Hore, Elise Daniel, Callum Beale, Luke Jolly Martin Boraston & James Smith competed in the ESMBA Summer Championship and qualified for the ESMBA Torquay Leisure Hotels Top Club final in May 2019. I early the August the same team, with Dorset's Sam Harvey stepping in for Luke Jolly won the Six of the Best Tournament at Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
At the end of July TLH was the venue for the Best of the West 2 and 3 Wood Pairs competitions. Peter Hore & Callum Beale won the 2 Wood competition on the Saturday and on the following day Peter teamed up with Luke Jolly in the 3 Wood competition taking the Runners Up spot.
CORNWALL COUNTY TEAM
The County Team Trials are scheduled for Sunday 9th September at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club ahead of a team practice day on Saturday 15th and first group games of the season for the Premier and A Teams away to Somerset on Sunday 16th.
Members of the local media are invited to attend Carnmoggas on either the 9th or 15th to find out more about the game of Short Mat Bowls.
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