Thornfield get to regional final

Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club are through to the regional finals of the national Egham Trophy mixed fours inter-club championship after winning the Warwickshire area final with a hard won 85-80 result against arch-rivals Avon Valley.

Jeanne Sands, Maureen Edwards Paul Dale and Brian Lever and Julia Scott, Sandy Boulton, Matt Lever and Chris Chapman were Thornfield’s home team and they finished level with an overall 38-38 draw. And their away side of Bev Bale, Pat Dahlgren, Mick Woodwad and Dave Sands and Julie Smith, Kim Tubb, Trevor Wells and Steve Smith gained an overall 42-37 win.

Lever and his partners were matched with Maureen Enston, Ruth Carey, Dave Harding and Simon Gilbert and with 18 ends completed the game was delicately poised at 16 all after Thornfield had scored one four, two threes, one two and four singles against one four, one three, one two and seven singles. Gilbert’s team counted a 19th end double to go 18-16 but were thwarted when Thornfield signed off with a brace of doubles to win 20-18.

Chapman and his colleagues lined up against Bridie Ward, Maggie Hooper, Dave Munslow and Bill Ward and with 13 ends played the score was 12-11 in Valley’s favour. They then added a two and three singles to increase their advantage to 17-11 and looked likely to go further ahead when on the 18th end they held three shots when Chapman stepped up to deliver his last bowl. He opted to play a runner and was bang on target to ditch the jack and pick up three shots for a turnover of six shots. Thornfield went 18-17 up with a 19th end four, only to drop a single and two to lose 20-18.

At the away venue the Sands quartet were 9-4 adrift at five ends before counting four doubles and three singles to lead 15-9 against Maureen Tims, Jacqui Cook, Dave Bryant and Tony Thurlbeck. Valley responded with a 13th-end treble which was quickly cancelled out when Thornfield weighed in with a six and a treble to increase their lead to 24-12. And although they had the worse of the last six exchanges to lose 8-1 in shots, their big three-quarters advantage saw them through to a 25-20 win.

The Smith four trailed 5-1 at four ends before getting their act together to win eight of the following nine ends with one three, one two and six singles – against one three – to go 12-8 ahead of Jeanne Shillington, Di Thurlbeck, Geoff Moran and Malcolm George. Valley then won six of the next seven ends with three twos and three singles – against a 19th end three – to lead 17-15 before the Smith combination signed off with a last end double to share the honours at 17 across.

n Thornfield’s Craig Carter qualified for the last 16 of the national under-25s singles championhip with a brilliant win over current world under-25s singles supremo Shaun Jones of Malvern Hills BC. The competition is played under the best of two sets system – each of nine ends – and in the case of a draw the result is decided with a three ends play-off.

Playing at the neutral venue of Cotswold Indoor the 16-year-old Thornfield youngster won the first set 9-4 before sealing his overall win with a 9-5 success in the second set. It was an excellent performance against an experienced opponent who was one of the favourites to lift the title.

n Thornfield’s Roy Scott, Matt Lever and Sam Troop all made third round home exits in the national senior singles. Scott had a great tussle before losing 21-19 to Solihull’s Elliott Jude, Lever never quite hit the form of which he is capable on his way to a 21-6 defeat against Tamworth’s Paul Maynard, and Troop fared much worse with a 21-1 reverse against Avon Valley’s George Schwarb. Thornfield’s Jim Dickson was on song on his way to winning a 26 ends home match 21-16 against Bromsgrove’s Neil Brereton.

In an all Thornfield clash in the triples Steve Smith, Chis Chapman and Tom Millership beat Jim Dicksom, Paul Dale and Darren Ward 19-14. The Millership trio were 14-3 up at eight ends after scoring one four, one three, three twos and one single against one two and one single and that proved to be the deciding factor in their eventual five shots victory.

Thornfield’s Wayne Kilsby, John Kilsby and Mick Woodward lined up against Avon Valley’s Tony Thurlbeck, Geoff Moran and Malcolm George and with ten ends played it was an all square scoreline of 11-11 after Thornfield had scored five twos and one single and conceded three threes and one two. Things then went very much in Valley’s favour, however, when over the last seven ends played they added one three, one two and four singles – against a 16th end single – to win 20-12.

Woodward and his colleagues gained some consolation for their triples defeat when with Dave Murley as their number two they nicked a one-shot fours win against Bromsgrove’s S Morris, C Jenkins, P Davies and J Cracknell. With 17 ends played the Woodward quartet were five shots up at 16-11 but three ends later it was level pegging at 16 across after Bromsgrove had weighed in with two singles and a treble.

All turned out right for Thornfield, however, when on a tense deciding exchange, during which the shot bowl changed hands several times, they signed off with the all important winning single and a 17-16 win. The match was played at Thornfield.

n Thornfield’s John Barnett, Trevor Wells and Liam Pearcey were good value for their away win in the national triples against Shrewsbury’s Mike Hubbard and partners. After trailing 5-3 at five ends the Pearcey trio started to dominate and thanks to a four and five they were 21-10 up at 13 ends before Shrewsbury responded with three doubles and one single to reduce their deficit to 21-17. On the 18th and final end Wells weighed in with an excellent shot bowl which remained there to leave Thornfield 22-17 ahead.

n Warwickshire ladies won their latest friendly match with a 152-137 victory against their Cambridgeshire counterparts in an eight rinks match at St Neots Indoor Bowls Club.

Warwickshire rink scores as follows: Gloria Day, Trudy Windsor, Pat Bax and Di Green (24-11), Sheila Birch, Bev Bale, Janet Arkell and Jean Petty (21-17), Julia Scott, Marjorie Woodall, Chris Woolhead and June Hands (21-18), Ronnie Murphy, Lyn Moon, Helen Slimm and Elaine Taylor (19-18), Margaret Andrew, Hilary Panting, Christine Thompson and Barbara Jeffrey (20-19), Jeanne Sands, Pauline Jones, Terri Hitchcox and Jacqui Cook (20-20), Lilian Hope, Jackie Perry, Mary Yeomans and Maureen Edwards (16-19), Sheila Atkins, Megan Gilks, Yvonne Bromfield and Liz Chedgzoy (11-15).