International trials for Rugby’s stars

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Rugby’s Craig Carter, Nuneaton’s Tom Millership, Thornfield’s Jamie-Lea Winch and Bournville’s Kirsty Richards have been selected for the forthcoming international outdoor trial matches at Norgren Bowls Club in May.

Carter and Millership will play in the same rink in the junior trial with Carter at lead and Millership at skip with Essex’s Lee Chaplin at number two and Dorset’s Nick Voss at number three. They will line up against Cambridgeshire’s Robert Drew, Isle of Wight’s Travis Meller and Devon’s Ian Leslie and Sam Tolchard.

Carter started his bowls career at Bilton BC as a seven-year-old and after five years there he switched to Rugby BC where he soon began to show his considerable potential as an up-and-coming top player. His first big success came in 2007 when at 12 he was runner-up in the county’s under-25s singles championship and he went on to win the event in 2010 and was runner-up again last season.

Three years ago he became the youngest player to represent Warwickshire at Middleton Cup level and after acquitting himself well he has retained his place. An automatic choice in the county’s under-25s team, he was a member of the side that narrowly lost in the semi-finals of the national White Horse double rink championship last year.

Millership (23) started his career at Nuneaton BC before joining Rugby three years ago and he has now gone back to Nuneaton where he lives and works. While at Nuneaton he won the county’s unbadged singles and Coventry & District’s singles championship, the pairs twice and the under-25s pairs, also for the second time. He was a member of Rugby’s team that won the national top club championship and he also won Rugby’s championship singles – no mean feat considering the very strong playing strength of the club. So far he has played seven times in the Middleton Cup team.

Jamie-Lea (21), formerly of Bilton BC and now with Thornfield’s outdoor club, has been a junior international for the past seven years and three years ago became the youngest player to represent England at senior international level.

She has been a regular choice in England teams competing in world and other top tournaments in Australia, India and Spain and the highlight of a wonderful career was in winning triples bronze in last year’s Commonwealth Games in India. Her numerous other successes at club, county and national levels have been well documented.

Kirsty (18) is a former junior international who wins her place in the junior trial by virtue of her excellent performances last season’s in winning the county’s four woods and two woods singles and the mixed pairs with her twin brother Adam. She was a member of the county’s under-25s team that reached the semi-finals of the national Amy-Rose national double rinks championship.

In the women’s junior trial Jamie-Lea will play at number three with Yorkshire’s Zoe Eagles at lead, Derbyshire’s Helen Mason at number two and Lincolnshire’s Annalisa Bellamy at skip.

And in the senior trial Jamie-Lea will play at lead with Oxfordshire’s Katherine Hawes, Derbyshire’s Jean Baker and Buckinghamshire’s Sian Gordon at number two, number three and skip respectively. Kirsty will play at lead in the junior trial with Devon’s Harriet Stevens at number two, Northamptonshire’s Rebecca Wingfield at number three and Bedfordshire’s Hannah McConnel at skip.

n There was no joy for Warwickshire’s representatives in the last 16 of the national indoor championships at Nottingham IBC with Tamworth’s Paul Maynard bowing out of the singles with a 21-15 first round defeat against Grantham’s Mathew Oney and in the first round of the fours Bromgrove’s Paul Kitchen, Chris Barton, Alex McWhinnie and Neil Brereton lost 18-16 to Lincolnshire’s Kevin Rands, Phil Graves, Danny Brown and Billy Jackson.

The singles title was eventually lifted by Swale’s Perry Martin with a 21-15 victory over Wey Valley’s Paul Coleman. At the time of writing the fours championship was only through to the quarter-final stage.

n Thornfield’s competitions finals will be held on Saturday and Sundy April 14-15 at times to be arranged. With two or three compettitions still at the semi-finals stage the line-up for the concluding rounds are as follows:

Mr and Mrs pairs, Arnold and Pat Bax v. Lloyd and Bev Bale, under-25s pairs, Tom Wheeler and Chris Chapman v. Abbie Ward and Jake Bludell, open pairs, Steve Smith and Chris Chapman v. John Barnett and Trevor Wells, mixed pairs, Kim Tubb and Howard Wilkins v. John Barnett and Maureen Edwards, mens triples, John Furness, Steve Smith and Howard Wilkins v. Matt Lever, Mick Woodward and Brian Lever,

Mens fours, Bob Henderson, John Furness, Steve Smith and Howard Wilkins v. Matt Lever. Colin Hall, Mick Woodward and Brian Lever, mens over-60s singles, Trevor Wells v. Roger Smith, family pairs, Harry and Steve Smith v, Nigel and Craig Carter, under-25s singles, Craig Carter v . Chris Chapman, under-25s non winners singles, Ryan Goodman v. Curtis Perry, ladies two woods singles, Bev Bale v. Pat Bax, ladies pairs, Julie Smith and Kim Tubb v. Rose Furness and Jane Redfern, ladies triples Julie Smith, Kim Tubb and Jean Dean v. Sandie Bulton, Mary Entwistle and Janet Arkell, ladies fours, Mandy Dahlgren, Julia Scott, Bev Bale and Pat Dahlgren v. Heather Mills, Mary Entwistle, Yvonne Bromfield and Maureen Edwards.