Sunday, 14 April 2019

Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association - News Release 14 April 2019


Cornwall enjoyed a successful English Short Mat Bowling Association National Championships with runners up finishes in the Singles and Pairs on the opening two days.
On Thursday Peter Hore (Holmans) lost to Devon's Benny Bass in the final.  Peter came through the group stages as runner up in Group 3 winning two of his three games.  The first round of the knockout stages saw Peter defeat Devon's Graham James 8-7.  Surrey's Derek Johns was defeated 11-9 in the third round to set up a Quarter Final match against East Sussex's Andrew Beard which Peter won 11-4.  A 9-7 scoreline against Cheshire's Matty Worden saw Peter through to the final which Benny won 14-1.

Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) was unbeaten in the group stages and defeated Somerset's Andrew Cowlin 14-8 in the second round before losing 12-3 to Benny in the third round.

Friday saw Nigel Nicholls and James Smith (Newlyn Trinity) finish runners up losing in the final to Cheshire's Matty Worden & Paul Clegg.  The pair came through the group stages unbeaten with a +37 shot difference.  Round Two saw them ease past East Sussex pairing of Nigel Froud & John Loran 14-2.  Round Three opposition came from West Midland's Adam Easthope & Nathan Caines who were defeated 13-7.  

Moving into the Quarter Finals a 9-5 win against Hampshire's Stephen Buckett & Alistair Mccrea set up a Semi Final against Dorset's Alex Kley and Tom Perris where an extra end was needed to win a place in the final with a 10-9 scoreline.  In the final the Cheshire pairing gradually increased the lead as the match went on to eventually win 11-6.

On Saturday Nigel Nicholls joined Newlyn Trinity team mates John Thomas, Mike Dyer and Kevin Williams in the Fours.  They came through the group stages as runners up in Group 13 winning two out of three games.  In the second round they defeated Hampshire's Paul Goodman, Ben Cherry, Callum Goodman & Jason McLean 9-8.  In the third round they won 7-4 against Dorset's Paul Pomeroy, Emily Thomas, Ben Riley & Sam Harvey.  Their run came to an end in the Quarter Finals against another Dorset team, Christina Chant, Glen Harvey, Alex Kley & Thomas Perris losing 5-9.

On Sunday Cornwall has two teams in the Triples.  David Studden (Holmans) joined Nigel Nicholls & James Smith whilst Peter Hore teamed up with John Thomas & Mike Dyer.  Studden, Nicholls & Smith dominated Group One in the knockouts winning three game with +61 shots.  The second round saw them against Oxfordshire's Dave Watts, Lynn Orlando & Santo Orlando winning 10-5.  Their competition came to an end in the third round against East Sussex's David Hunt, Gavin Wood & Alec Martin losing 6-7.

Hore, Thomas & Dyer won their final game in Group Seven to top the group with two wins and -2 shots.  In the second round they met Dorset's Tony Wauklin, Thomas Perris & David Glennerster winning 8-4.  Their competition also ended in the third round against Norfolk's Steve Bridge, David Lamb & Gary Best losing 5-9.

The Full list of National Championship winners for 2019 is

Singles - Benny Bass (Devon)
Pairs - Matty Worden & Paul Clegg (Cheshire)
Triples - Neil Davidson, Jack Marshall & Chris Mann (Norfolk)
Fours - Alan Williams, Craig Strong, Adam Easthope & Ross Dunkley (West Mids)
Over 55 Pairs - Mike Wright & Steve Puttock (Hampshire)
Mixed Fours - Jan Bunker Nadine Bailey, Paul England & Ben Pay (Hampshire)
Under 18's - Ryan Fox (Norfolk)

ICC Premier - West Midlands
ICC Premier Consolation - Somerset
ICC A - West Midlands
ICC A Consolation - Dorset
ICC Rinks Premier - West Midlands
ICC Rinks A - Dorset

The Annual Presentation Meal and Annual General Meeting will be held at the Hotel Victoria, Newquay on Sunday 28 April.

Over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend a team from Cornwall will be among 16 taking part in the ESMBA/TLH Top Team event in Torquay to conclude the winter season.

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer

Tel 07800 916059

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