BOWLS: North Wilts round off league campaign with victory
NORTH Wilts men completed their 2012-13 Wessex League campaign on a high with a victory over Nailsea last Sunday.
They beat the North Somerset side by six shots as they ran-out 75-69 victors to collect 12 points out of a possible 16 on offer.
But with Christie Miller also winning and going two points better by collecting 14 points, North Wilts, who won three of their six matches, finished the season in fourth place in the central region table.
The match against Nailsea centred on home advantage as both sides made it pay for them.
Roger Button, replacing Justin Davis at skip, led his rink at Westcroft (Chippenham) to a commanding 15 shots victory in a 26-11 success.
And with Wayne Snook’ s quartet taking the honours 28-19 for North Wilts the combined home advantage of 24 shots was sufficient to compensate for the 11 shot loss by Max Clark’s rink and seven shot reverse suffered by Billy McCay’s quartet away in Nailsea.
Home - Rink 1: Steve Snook, Alan Stell, John Buckland & Roger Button beat Anthony Freeman 26-11. Rink 2: Richard Jennings, Dave Williams, Mal Curtis & Wayne Snook beat John Couch 28-19.
Away - Rink 1: Clive Swift, Kevin Holmes, Trevor Cooke & Billy McCay lost to S Sekjer 10-17. Rink 2: Derek Clark, Bob Hayes, Geoff Smith & Max Clark lost to Debroy Gregory 11-22.
Score: North Wilts beat Nailsea 75-69 and by 14pts to 2.
Final Group Results
February 24: Christie Miller 93 (14) v Purnell 71 (2); Clarrie Dunbar 94 (15) Weston St Andrews 52 (1); Nailsea 69 (4) North Wilts 75 (12).
Re-arranged for March 3: Nailsea v Purnell.
SUE Cooke and Alex Jacobs are North Wilts ladies sole representatives at this year’s Ladies National Indoor Championship finals being staged at both Melton and District and Nottingham IBC.
Winners of the national pairs crown in March 2010 Cooke and Jacobs have reached the latter stages in this season’s championship and will be bidding to lift the pairs trophy once again.
They qualified for Melton & District with a comfortable 16-7 victory over Thornbury’s mother and daughter pairing of Cynthia and Rachel Winter-Alsop in the Area 30 national pairs championship final.
Previously they had enjoyed comfortable 25-11, 28-15 and 23-9 wins on their way to the area pairs final.
In the last 32 at Melton & District today (Thursday) they will play Jean Eslick and Doreen Cook (Dartford Stone Lodge IBC, Kent) at 5.30pm.
The winners will face either Hartlepool or Norfolk tomorrow at 9.30am.
Wiltshire Ladies recorded a 12 shots victory over Gloucestershire in a friendly staged at North Wilts last Sunday.
Although rink honours were shared 3-3 Wiltshire triumphed 115-103 due mainly to the big 20 and 16 shot successes recorded by the rinks skipped by Evelyn Tape and Brenda Bowen.
Results: Barbara Shepheard beat G Fry 17-16; Evelyn Tape beat L Collin 29-9; Fizz Mace lost to J Hayward 18-22; Ann Greenland lost to B Dolling 13-23; Brenda Bowen beat G Freeman 27-11; Jean Collier lost to T Nunn 11-22.
Score: Wiltshire beat Gloucestershire 115-103.
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