CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 16 January 2022
On Sunday 17 teams competed in the Round Robin stages of the County Fours at Carnmoggas. They were split into 4 groups with group winners and runners up qualifying for the finals in March.
Group One was topped by Nigel Nicholls, Morgan Lees, Ray Jeffery & Simon Lees (Newlyn Trinity) with an unbeaten score of 6 points +21 shots. Rita Hancock, Rosemary Young, Mike Webster & Henry Matthews (Blisland) finished second on 4 +14.
Group Two was topped by the defending champions, Dave Studden, Peter Hore, Nicholas Truscott & Elise Daniell (Holmans) with 4 +23 ahead of David Balow (Marazion), John Thomas, Martin Williams & Robin Smith (Penlee) with 4 +12.
Top spot in Group Three went to Fran Phillips, Nicola Ellis, David Hickey & Louise Williams uneaten on 6 +15. Mark Payne (Penzance), Bob Smith, George Duffield & Lynn Smith (Porthleven) were second on 4 +10.
Group Four saw two teams finish on 5 points with Richard Kerr, Dennis Shorthouse, Heidi Kerr and Graham Reeves (Landrake) taking top spot with +25 shots ahead of John Worton, Sandra Worton, John Dodd & Carol Dodd (St Newlyn East) on +16 shots.
The eight qualifying teams will compete in the final at Carnmoggas on Saturday 26th March.
The next competition to be played at Carnmoggas will be the County Triples on Sunday 6th February.
FUTURE OF SHORT MAT BOWLS IN CORNWALL
The CCSMBA Committee has reiterated its plea for members to come forward to assist with running the association. Currently the 15 roles on the County Committee are being fulfilled by 9 committee members to ensure the association's activities can continue but the situation is unsustainable beyond the end of the current season.
In a statement issued by the management committee on Sunday 16th January, the committee stated
'Regretfully, without volunteers in these roles, the Management Committee will have no option but to scale back some of the CCSMBA's activities, for example:
- No entry of either County Team into the Inter County Championships
- No East Area League for 2022-23
- Cancellation of the Annual Presentation Luncheon.
The Management Committee reserves the right to take further action as appropriate in order to ensure the Association can continue to operate effectively.'
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