Family Pairs reaches semi-final stage

3rd August, 2019

The National Family Pairs, supported by the Friends of English Bowling has reached the semi-final stage after four entertaining quarter-final matches at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

In the first semi-final, Buckinghamshire’s father-and-son duo of Tom and John McGuinness, who won the title in 2017, will face Devon’s Sophie and Sam Tolchard.

The McGuinness pairing overcame an early 11-1 deficit against Wiltshire’s David and Michael Snell, before losing just two of the next 15 ends to lead 21-14.

In the second semi-final, William and Jamie Walker will face Les and Chris Yeomans from Northumberland.

The Walker brothers defeated Warwickshire’s Mark and Adam Smith, whilst the 2015 and 2016 champions secured a double on the last end to beat Kent’s Dex and Ken Weyand.

The semi-finals commence at 9.30am tomorrow with live scoring available at

Quarter-Final results:
Tom McGuinness and John McGuinness (Buckinghamshire) beat David Snell and Michael Snell (Wiltshire) 21-17;
Sophie Tolchard and Sam Tolchard (Devon) beat Graham Street and Marcus Street (Surrey) 25-13;
William Walker and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire) beat Mark Smith and Adam Smith (Warwickshire) 22-11;
Les Yeomans and Chris Yeomans (Northumberland) beat Dex Weyand and Ken Weyand (Kent) 18-17

Live scoring from all semi-finals and finals can be located at

Official photographs can be viewed and purchased at:

Entry to the championships is free of charge. Chargeable parking is available in Victoria Park and in nearby town centre car parks. The Tournament Office will be open daily from 8.30am until close of play. Should you have any queries related to the National Championships please telephone 07444 272672.

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