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News from the first day of the County Finals

On the first day of the County finals held at Devizes BC there were wins in the Ladies Unbadged for Sylvia Crabbe from Avon. Having beaten Elise Ambridge of Trowbridge Westbourne 16 – 8 in the semi final she went onto beat Deborah Hitchcox of Stratton Churchway in the final 15 – 14 after an extra end.

In the Secretary & Treasurers Allison Fail and Paul Boyles from Purton beat Don Butchers and Richard Coombs of Mere 22 – 11.

The Greenkeepers competition saw Martin Neale of Wilton defeat Dave Betteridge of Trowbridge Town 21 – 18 whilst in the Men’s Champion of Champions Andy Moore of Spencer Melksham beat Tom Pittuck Highworth (Stratton Churchway) 21 – 9.

In the Benevolent Triples Janet Willis’s team from Stratton Churchway beat a triple from Westlecot lead by Linda Perfitt 17 – 11 and in the Men’s Over 60 Triples Rob Clews, Richard Gainey & Will Jones from Chippenham Town defended the title when they beat Dave Reeves, Steve Gedge & Andy Moore 17 – 13.

in the Men’s Tourist Trophy there was a convincing win for Royal Wootton Bassett drawing 16 all one one rink with the other rink having the decisive win of 25 – 6.


Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Schedule

Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Saturday’s Schedule

1 9.30am   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Semi Final (A) 11.00am  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Semi Final (A)  12.30pm                BW Men Unbadged Singles Final
E Ambridge v S Crabbe L Perfitt v S Bartlett J Fail v T Pittuck
Trowbridge Westbourne Avon Westlecot Winsley (Purton) (Highworth)
White Red White Red White Red
2 9.30am   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Semi Final (B) 11.00am  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Semi Final (B) 12.30pm                       BW Men’s Over 60 Triples
D Hitchcox v K Hussain J Willis v J Coleman A Moore v R Clews
Stratton Churchway Stratton Churchway Stratton Churchway Amesbury (Spencer Melksham) (Chippenham Town)
White Red White Red White Red
3 11.00am approx   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Final 1.30pm approx  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Final
Semi Final A v Semi Final B Semi Final A v Semi Final B
White Red White Red
4 9.30am               BW Secretary & Treasurers 1.00pm
Purton v Mere v
White Red White Red
5 9.30pm                         Greenkeepers  12.00pm                    BW Men’s Tourist Trophy
D Betteridge v M Neale Royal Wootton Bassett v Salisbury
(Trowbridge Town) (Wilton)
White Red White Red
6 9.30am                  BW Men’s Champion of Champions  12.00pm                    BW Men’s Tourist Trophy
A Moore v T Pittuck Royal Wootton Bassett v Salisbury
(Spencer Melksham) (Swindon Town Gardens)
White Red White Red

Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Sunday’s Schedule

1 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
2 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
3 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
4 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 12.30pm                     BW Officers Triples
Purton v Amesbury Highworth v Avon
White Red White Red
5 9.30am              BW Ladies  Over 70 Triples 12.30pm                       BW Mixed Double Rink
Chippenham Town v Box Purton v Box
White Red White Red
6 9.30am              BW Ladies Champion of Champions 12.30pm                       BW Mixed Double Rink
L Young v M Easton or Sue Cooke Purton v Box
White Red White Red

Mixed Pairs success for Chris & Josh

Chris Mitchell & Josh Fail from Purton BC today progressed to tomorrows Quarter Finals of the BE Mixed Pairs Competition at Leamington.

In their first round match they played Richard Weaving from Warwickshire beating them 24 – 3 before defeating Lisa Wolstenholme Surrey 28 – 9 in this afternoons second round.

Tomorrow morning they will be playing Ed Morris, Essex at 9.30am.

Another great day for Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell from Purton BC had another great day of bowls yesterday in this time in the Ladies 2 Wood reaching the semi-final. In her first round match against Victoria Symons from Northumberland she won 15 – 11 to set up a second round match against Jacqueline Devitt from Norfolk where she had a convincing 17 – 8 win. Chris’s quarter final match wasn’t so straight forward as she had to battle to a 16 – 15 victory after an extra end which set up a semi-final match against Katherine Hawes of Oxford City & County and although Chris was in the match all the way through she narrowly lost 14 – 11. Chris will be in action again on Thursday when she will be playing in the Mixed Pairs.

In other matches played yesterday Julie Jones of Purton lost her 2 Wood single match 15-10 against Sue Allen of Yorkshire whilst Pamela Lambshead from Mere BC won a close first round match against Lorna Efde from Buckinghamshire 21 – 20, Kyle Anderson from Royal Wootton Bassett had a tough first round match against England International Sam Tolchard losing 15 – 10 (Sam went on to win the title) and Wayne Snook from Holt won his Preliminary round match 16 – 9 against Michael Stone of Sussex before losing his second round match against Rodney Morrison from Surrey 14 – 11.

Early exit for Wiltshire Bowlers at the National Finals

At the National Finals played at Leamington today there was no success for Wiltshire Bowlers all losing in their first matches of the day.

In the Ladies Junior Singles Quarter Final Katy Smith could not carry on from yesterday when she was defeated by Lincolnshires Ruby Hill 21 – 10.

In the First Round of the Men’s Junior Pairs Adam Bolwell & Connor Rabey were beaten by Adam & Jamie Barker from Cambridgeshire 23 – 6 whilst in the second Round of the Men’s Over 55 Fours Malcom Clift, Dave Stevens, Malcolm Barker & Graham Archard lost to Luton’s David Whelan, David Taylor, David Frost and Eddie Swann 16 – 8.


A winning start for todays BW Competitors at the National Finals

National Pairs Champion Katy Smith from Westlecot was back in action at the BE National Finals this time playing in the Ladies Junior Singles. In her First Round game Katy beat Millie Tuck from Blandford Dorset 21 – 11 before going on to defeat Ellie Last from Felixstowe & Suffolk BC 21 – 11. Tomorrow morning at 9.30am Katy will take on Ruby Hill from Royal Mail Cart Lincolnshire.

Also in action today were Malcolm Clift, Dave Stevens, Malcolm Barker & Graham Archard, Holts BC in the First Round of the Men’s Senior Fours where they beat Paul Carress Royal Mail Cart Lincolnshire 19 – 18 setting up a second round match against David Whelan of Luton Town Bedfordshire tomorrow at 12.30pm.


No luck for BW Men in todays Fours

Both of the BW Men’s Fours teams were beaten tin their first match, in the Preliminary Round Chippenham Town Four skipped by Neil Connor lost 19 – 13 to David Forster’s Four from Workington BC whilst in their First Round match the Holt Four shipped by Ben Gadd were beaten 18 – 15 by Tom Muir’s Four of Harpenden BC.

Purton’s Chris Mitchell beaten in the National Singles Final

Purton’s Chris Mitchell played brilliant bowls in the BE Ladies National Champions Singles narrowly losing  21 – 16 to England International Stef Branfield of Clevedon BC in this afternoons final. This was an outstanding performance over two days of bowling against high quality bowlers.

In this mornings Quarter Final she played against Ellie Last of Felixstowe & Suffolk BC winning 21 – 16 which set up a semi-final against England International Jamie-Lea Winch. Chris was never behind in this match winning 21 — 18 to set up the final against Stef who in her semi-final beat fellow International Natalie Chestney 21 – 12.

In the final Chris again got off to a good start leading 11 – 2 after 9 ends but Stef gradually chipped away at Chris’s lead with the turning point in the match coming in the twentieth end with Chris leading 15 – 14 Stef picked up a 4 and three ends later reached the needed 21 shots to win her first singles title.

However, Chris must be really proud of her fantastic efforts and Bowls Wiltshire would like to congratulate Chris on her outstanding performances over the last two days.


Read the Bowls England report on Katy & Lucy’s Win

Sister’s Lucy and Katy Smith lifted the Women’s Pairs Trophy this afternoon following a scintillating final end that saw the Wiltshire duo overcome a three shot deficit and win 17-16. Experienced players Shamista Patel and Margaret Smith looked close to victory as they entered the last end, having secured six shots in the previous three ends to edge in front after a tight tussle early on.

The two leads finished in style, leaving the skips with an exceptionally close head. Surrey lead Shamista played three perfect bowls, leaving Margaret with two close seconds and a well placed back bowl. Katy, 24, also left her older sister in a promising position, with a front toucher and her other two bowls lying firmly in the head.

With six bowls left to play, Lucy had a shot on to turn the game around and a chance to secure the three to force an extra end. Having missed with her first bowl and edging one of Shamista’s bowls out of the head, Lucy opted to switch her hand and go for gold – hoping to turn out the remaining Surrey bowl and clinch an extra end or even the win. With no nerves appearing on the surface, the 26-year-old played it absolutely perfectly, turning out Shamista’s second bowl and managing to stay in the count to hold the winning four. After a tense deliberation, the Surrey player decided to play a runner on the backhand, narrowly missing turning out any of the four Wiltshire bowls, much to the delight of the Smith sister’s.

Katy and Lucy looked close to tears as they hugged in the centre of the green and took in what had just happened. Friends and family shortly ran on to the rink to join in the celebrations. They later walked on to the green hand-in-hand to collect the highly-coveted trophy.

Speaking after the trophies had been presented, Lucy described the win as being “what dreams are made of”. She said: “We are actually current indoor pairs champions too so to win this on top of it, I’m absolutely over the moon and to win with Katy as well is just the best feeling ever.”

Margaret and Shamista will be back on the greens later in the season, as Surrey looks to defend its title in the John’s trophy. The Sutton skip was lost for words after she left the green, devastated to have lost a national final by one shot. But Margaret was full of praise for the Smith sister’s and fully congratulated them on their win. She said: “It was a very good game played in very good spirit and it could have gone either way. We look forward to coming to play the John’s on the 12th September.”