Ladies National Fours Report – Glory for Box and Highworth
Fours from Box and Highworth emerged victorious in their county quarter and semi-finals last weekend at Amesbury to secure their places at the end of season National Finals at Leamington.
Linda Young’s Highworth quartet did not look in trouble at any point in the lead up to booking their spot in the county quarter-finals, winning their first 3 rounds 28-3, 18-11 and 20-4 respectively. They continued this blistering form at Amesbury, recording a remarkable 30-4 win over Ros Corke’s Wilton rink to leave themselves just one game away from advancing to Leamington.
Linda & co’s opposition in the Semi-Final were Sheila Garlick’s Devizes combination, who also enjoyed a comfortable victory in their previous match, winning 29-10 over a quartet from Calne. Although being pushed harder this time, it was the four from Highworth who came out on top, recording a 19-11 victory to book their place in the county final, and book their place as one of Wiltshire’s representatives at Leamington in the national finals.
Katherine Yeoman’s rink from Box enjoyed a similarly comfortable run-up to the county quarter-finals, recording 23-11 and 23-6 victories in their opening two rounds. However, they were pushed hard in their quarter-final by Charlie Godwin’s Royal Wootton Bassett four, eventually managing to get over the line 17 shots to 13.
In the Semi-Final, Box faced a stern test against Lynda Whittingham’s Westlecot side, who had enjoyed a strong win over last year’s county champions in the quarter-final. It was a low scoring affair between two strong rinks, but it was Box who eventually came out on top, gradually edging away to record a 15-6 victory and join the Highworth rink in the final, and stamp their ticket to the national finals.
Well done to both teams, the ladies have now moved onto the county triples, which has reached the quarter-final stage. Report to follow!
Mens National Fours reaches Semi-Final stage
Teams from Royal Wootton Bassett, Spencer Moulton and Holt will battle it out for the two spots at Leamington, and for the County Fours title at Devizes at the end of July after the completion of the quarter-final matches at Chippenham Town on Friday night.
In the first quarter-final we saw a battle between Colin Easton’s Avon four and Chris Cheesley’s Wootton Bassett four. Both sides had recorded fairly comfortable victories in the last 16, Colin winning 19-10 away at Malmesbury, and Chris winning 15-7 away at Chippenham Town. Although they were pushed all the way, it was Chris & co who managed to eventually see off the Avon rink, recording a 15-13 win to put themselves just one game away from national qualification.
The Wootton Bassett quartet will meet Adam Bolwell’s Spencer Moulton four in the Semi-Final. After coming through a nail-biting opening round where they edged past Tony Keating’s Holt four by a single shot, the Spencer Moulton rink haven’t looked back. After recording an 18-7 win in the second round and a 16-9 win at home over Danny Harvey’s Rodbourne rink in the last 16, they took on Bob Armstrong’s Salisbury rink in the quarter-finals, where they would continue their run of comfortable victories, securing a 19-7 win to reach the all-important semi-final stage.
In the bottom half of the draw, last year’s winner Wayne Simmonds and his Holt rink took on Brian Whittingham’s Westlecot four in the quarter-finals. They had contrasting last 16 affairs, with Wayne securing a comfortable win away at Wootton Bassett 24-5, whereas Brian’s rink snuck through on an extra end away at Wroughton. It was the Holt rink that again got off to a flying start, and when Brian & co threatened a comeback, they managed to shut the door and see the game out, recording a 22-9 victory to book their place at Devizes at the end of July.
Their opponents in the semi-final will be Graham Hatherall’s Wootton Bassett rink, who after recording a comfortable victory to book their place in the last 16 have come through two stern tests against strong opposition to give themselves the opportunity at national qualification. Graham & co edged past Tom Warner’s Salisbury quartet in the last 16, 20 shots to 17 to advance to the quarter-finals where they were once again pushed right to the last end by Graham Shadwell’s Spencer Moulton four, getting over the line 19-17.
Good luck to the four remaining rinks at Devizes in July!