BOWLS: Mixed success at Nationals

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Rugby duo crowned champions

The first running of the Bowls England Men’s Championship at Leamington provided very mixed emotions for Warwickshire. The County created history by winning the Balcomb Trophy for the very first time. In the National Pairs Rugby duo Craig Carter and Tom Millership were crowned champions. The other pair, Howard Wilkins and Matt Lever (Oakfield) reached the second round.

In the new Sutton Winson Trophy (set play mixed singles for Under 18s) Avenue Leamington’s Adam Smith reached the semi finals only to lose to the sister of club colleague Matt Wordingham, Chloe who plays in Northamptonshire. Jordan Merrett, Tom Ward and Hannah Smith all reached the Last 32, while Jordan Ward, Harry Billington, Scott Ashby and Mark Smith all went out in the second round. For players that lost in the first round there was a Plate competition, in that Georgina Cooper reached the Last 16, Callum Price the second round with Sam Wilkinson, Daniel Skelley and Abigail Ward all falling in the first round.

The only other near success came in the Senior Pairs as Welford’s Martin Timms teamed up with Alan Apsey (Rugby) to reach the semi finals. In the Singles both Graham Ashby (Avenue Coventry) and Ray White (Royal Leamington Spa) went out in the first round. The same was true for the Triples of Andy Prickett, Dale Gooderham & Garry Hanson (Norgren) and Liam Pearcey, Tom Millership & Craig Carter (Rugby).

In the Junior Singles Dan Jones (Avenue Coventry) and Matt Wordingham (Avenue Leamington) also fell in the first round. The first round was were Stuart Thomas (Rugby) bowed out of the Two Woods, while Paul Jones (Avenue Coventry) got defeated in the prliminary round. The Rugby rink of Martyn Murley, Matt Wells, Calvin Wells and Alan Apsey reached the second round of the Fours but Karl Finch, Scott Ashby, Steve Merrett and Graham Ashby (Avenue Coventry) departed in the first round. Finally in the Senior Singles the second round saw the end of Phil Bale.