WESTLECOT and Royal Wootton Bassett were the only Swindon area clubs to be represented at the Wiltshire men’s county national finals staged last weekend at Devizes, and fully justified their claims to be the county’s top two men’s clubs.

Westlecot had competitors in four of the main finals and won all of them, while Bassett had entrants in two and took the honours in both, albeit one was an in-house battle between Chris Cheesley and Kyle Anderson in the singles.

The other two finals were won by Holt in the two-wood singles, while Chippenham Town supplied the two finalists in the senior fours final, with the winners claiming a place at the nationals at Royal Leamington Spa in mid-August.

First up for Westlecot were Jake Webster and Mike Titcombe in the junior pairs final against Avon duo Tom Little and Tom Newman and they were 28-11 up after only 16 ends when the match was conceded.

Nathan Richards, appearing in his first men’s final, then kept the Westlecot flag flying against Newman with a 21-18 win in the junior singles final.

Day two saw Paul Kistle and James Richman collect Westlecot’s third title in a the final with a 20-19 victory against Spencer Moulton's Russell Francis and Graham Shadwell.

Westlecot’s fourth and final victory came the hard way in the fours championship final.

The fours semi-final featuring Westlecot and Holt had been re-arranged for the Saturday as the original date clashed with the White Rose Trophy U25 regional final at West Backwell in mid-June.

But the primarily junior side rose to the challenge, thumping Holt 28-6 to book their place in the final against Amesbury.

The experienced Kistle and juniors Webster, Ben Choules and skip Titcombe rounded off a brilliant finals weekend for Westlecot with a 22-16 victory over Amesbury.

Meanwhile, Royal Wootton Bassett featured successfully in the triples and singles finals at Devizes.

The trio of Anderson, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell always held the upper hand over Francis, Shadwell and Ashley Kierl (Spencer Moulton) in the triples final to win 20-11.

Anderson had earlier suffered defeat in the all-Bassett singles final against colleague Cheesley, who grabbed a last-end 21-20 victory for his first Wiltshire singles title.

  • NATIONAL Championship finals commence at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa today.

At the 2018 national championships, the Moonrakers enjoyed their best-ever set of results when winning three English national titles and finishing as runners-up in two other events.

First up for Wiltshire this year are the ladies, who play Essex in the semi-final of the inter-county championship Johns Trophy.

And if successful would play either Lincolnshire or Surrey in the final.

The Moonrakers will be looking to lift the Johns Trophy for only the second time in the county’s history.

Last season, Wiltshire thrashed Yorkshire in the semis but then lost in the final to Surrey.

Second up are Royal Wootton Bassett father and son team Dave and Michael Snell, who will be competing in the quarter-finals of the family pairs. They face Tom and John McGuiness (Gerrards Cross, Bucks) in their opening match.

On Sunday, Highworth’s Joanna Hicks and Charlotte Daniell (RWB) set out on their quest to win the women’s junior singles title.