BOWLS: Snell denied in final
3:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Latest Sport News
DAVE Snell reached the last two in the over-55 pairs national competition in the men’s national championships at Worthing but was unable to take his place in the final last Sunday afternoon.
The Wootton Bassett bowler, who had teamed-up with Westlecot’s Mel Biggs for the national event, had won through to Worthing in six rounds of the Dorset and Wilts qualifiers and then been successful in the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals at Worthing.
However, after claiming a Sunday morning 19-14 semi-final victory over Surrey’s Jeff O’Leary and Joe Stevens (Epsom Park), Snell came off the green to be informed by the organisers he could not play in the final with Biggs and a sub would have to be found.
Snell was due to play at the same time in the first round of the men’s national fours championship against a team from Wigton, Cumbria, skipped by England manager John Bell.
“Bowls England said that I could not play in the final – it clashed with an early first round of the fours championship which I had to play in,” said Snell.
“The Cumbria four skipped by John Bell were asked if they would play the game later so I could play in the final but they refused. We (Wootton Bassett) also could not use a sub in the fours for me as we had already used one and obviously you can’t use two.
“The only consolation was we beat Bell’s rink 21-14 in the fours and Mel and my sub Paul Sloman won the over-55s pairs 20-18 in the final despite being 11-0 down after only five ends.”
Meanwhile, the Bassett quartet of Snell, Kyle Anderson, Lawrence Smith and Tom Walkley enjoyed a good run at Worthing in their bid to win the national fours championship.
The rink won their opening first round match against Wigton, Cumbria, 21-14. This was the game where Bassett’s opponents would not agree to a late Sunday afternoon start in order to allow Snell to play in the over- 55s pairs competition final with Biggs.
Bassett added to the success over Wigton with a one-shot victory over Ashford Town.
Snell’s rink then enjoyed an 18-15 victory over Bush Hill Park but lost in the quarter finals, going down on the last end, 20-19, to Sawston.
The other Bassett rink of Richard Buckland, Dave Pugh, Harold Jones and Andy Crump, competing in the fours championship, had a comfortable first round win over Isleham but lost 24-12 in the second round to Chesham Town.
In the opening event at Worthing, the men’s and mixed national championships, Walkley made a swift exit in the under-25 singles, losing 21-8 to Durham’s Liam Macey.
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