Sunday, 25 November 2018

Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association - News Release 25 November 2018


On Sunday the final round of group games in the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA) Inter County Championship were played with Cornwall travelling to ISCA Indoor Bowling Club in Exeter to face Devon and Dorset hosting Somerset at the Dorset Bowls Resort near Bere Regis.

Cornwall's Premier Team started in the best possible way taking all eight points from the first session.  In the Singles Nigel Nicholls won 17-9 and James Smith 17-12.  In the Pairs Elise Daniell & David Studden won 13-9 and John Worton & Peter Hore 12-10.  Cornwall took a further 5 points from the second session.  In the Triples Graham Reeves, Mike Dyer & Percy Tripp won 13-12 and Betty Temple Smith, Max Burden & Keith Matthews drew 15-15.  In the Fours Nathan Waters, Nicholas Truscott, Martin Boraston & Luke Jolly won 20-5.  At the halfway point in the match Cornwall led by 13 points to 3 and 113 shots to 90.

With 19 points being the target for Cornwall to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the Championships Cornwall surpassed the target with a session to spare taking 10 out of 12 points in the third session.  In the Pairs Daniell & Studden won 23-0 and in the Singles Nicholls won 19-8 & Smith 14-13.  Cornwall took the bonus points in in both the Singles and Pairs to lead 23 points to 5.  In the final session Cornwall won two games, Matthews' Triple 10-8 and Jolly's Four 11-7.  Cornwall took the Triples bonus points but missed out on the Fours by 1.  The final score Cornwall 29 points 211 shots Devon 11 points 163 shots.

In the day's other match in Cornwall's group Dorset won 26-14 against Somerset.  In the final standings Dorset top the table with 152 points, Cornwall second on 125, Devon third on 104 and Somerset fourth on 99.  Dorset and Cornwall go forward to the main knockout competition later in the season.  The Preliminary Round is scheduled for the weekend of 9/10th February which clashes with the Short Mat Players Tour English Masters.  The Quarter Finals follow a fortnight later over the weekend of 23rd and 24th February, Semi Finals on the following weekend 2nd and 3rd March and Finals on 17th March.

Singles: Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 17-9 & 19-8; James Smith (Newlyn Trinity) 17-12 & 14-13
Pairs: Elise Daniell & David Studden (Holmans) 13-9 & 23-0; John Worton (St Newlyn East) & Peter Hore (Holmans) 12-10 & 8-15
Triples: Graham Reeves (Saltash), Mike Dyer & Percy Tripp (Newlyn Trinity) 12-11 & 8-9; Betty Temple-Smith, Max Burden & Keith Matthews (Blisland) 15-15 & 10-8
Fours: Nathan Waters (Withiel), Nicholas Truscott (Holmans), Martin Boraston (Duloe) & Luke Jolly (Withiel) 20-5 & 11-7; Richard Kerr (Landrake), Chris Roberts (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Callum Beale (Withiel) 7-18 & 5-13

The A Team shared the first session winning both Singles, Mark Payne 18-13 and Ronnie Thomas 14-10.  Three wins in the second session moved Cornwall into the lead.  In the Triples Lyn Smith, Mike Webster & Keith Williams won 12-10 and Dennis Shorthouse, Bob Smith & Brenda Smith 16-6.  In the Fours Rose Dyer, Beryl Langsworthy, Lynne Davey & Gary Davey won 14-4.  At the halfway point Cornwall led 10 points to 6.

In the third session Cornwall again won both Singles, Payne 15-11 and Thomas 22-3 taking the bonus points but losses in both Pairs saw Cornwall take 6 of the twelve points on offer from the session.  The final session saw just a solitary win for Cornwall with Sleep's Triple winning 17-13 with no bonus points scored by Cornwall it was Devon who took the match victory by 22 points to 18 and 191 shots to 193.  

The days other match saw Somerset confirm top spot with a 21-19 win over Dorset to finish with a total of 134 points.  Cornwall take second with 127, Dorset third on 125 and Devon fourth on 94.  The A Team knockout dates are the same as for the Premier Team except that the Quarter Finals are one week earlier on the 16th & 17th February. 

Singles: Mark Payne (Penlee) 18-13 & 15-11; Ronnie Thomas (Newlyn Trinity) 10-10 & 22-3
Pairs: Sandra Worton (St Newlyn East) & David Topliffe (Boscastle) 12-14 & 12-15; Alan Holden & Des Pengelly (Landrake) 5-16 & 10-11
Triples: Lynn Smith (Praa Sands), Mike Webster (Blisland) & Keith Williams (Penlee) 12-10 & 4-27; Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Robert Smith (Praa Sands) & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) 16-6 & 17-13
Fours: Meg Horrell (Withiel), Heidi Kerr (Landrake), Tony Jago (Ladock) & Ken Horrell (Withiel) 9-12 & 7-16; Rose Dyer (Newlyn Trinity), Beryl Langsworthy (Penlee), Lynn Davey & Gary Davey (Landrake) 14-4 & 6-10

On Saturday the National Pairs and Triples qualifiers were played at at Carnmoggas.

The result of the Pairs was 1st Nigel Nicholls & James Smith, 2nd Luke Jolly & Elise Daniell, 3rd Mark Payne & Howard McCormack, 4th Callum Beale & Peter Hore.

The result of the Triples was 1st James Smith, Nigel Nicholls & David Studden, 2nd Peter Hore, Mike Dyer & John Thomas, 3rd Lynne Davey, Martin Boraston & Gary Davey, 4th Callum Beale, Luke Jolly & Elise Daniell

This weekend a small group of local bowlers travel to Chelmsford to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour World Fours and Pairs Masters competitions.

The County Evening League program is underway and continually updated league tables for each division can be accessed from the following links.

We have added new functionality to the website to enable media organisations to download league match results within a defined date range to suit production deadline.  This can be found at

West Premier -
West Division One -
Central Premier -
Central Division One -
East Premier -
East Division One -

Sat 1 December - Short Mat Players Tour World Fours Masters @ Chelmsford IBC
Sun 2 December - Short Mat Players Tour Would Pairs Masters @ Chelmsford IBC
Sat 8 December - County Fours @ Carnmoggas
Sun 9 December - Inter County Rinks @ Tamworth IBC
Sat 15 December - County Singles @ Carnmoggas
Sun 16 December - County Singles @ Carnmoggas

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Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer

Tel 07800 916059

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