The Delivery | A contrasting Bank Holiday for our Commonwealth Games Medallists

29th August, 2022

Men’s Pairs
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nick Brett and his Huntingdonshire colleague Lewis Baker marched into tomorrow’s semi-finals with an emphatic 20-7 win over Derbyshire’s Josh Grant and Dan Thornhill. The Brampton duo raced into an early lead and never released their grip.

They had earlier been pushed all the way into an extra end by Berkshire’s Chris Hitt and Mark Hancock before claiming a 21-10 verdict in their last 16 clash.

They will face Warwickshire’s Dan Box and Andrew Walters who overcame Hampshire’s Danny Smith and Gary Starks 16-15 after a thrilling contest in which the lead changed hands several times. Warwickshire had previously beaten Bedfordshire 19-18 in a similarly tense finale.

After overcoming Middlesex in the round of 16, Northamptonshire’s Jack Tobin and Neil Corbyn made their way into the semi-finals by overcoming Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Chestney and his Devon partner Dominic Tuckett 19-13.

Northants tomorrow face Buckinghamshire’s Matt Hyde and Andrew Briden who followed their last eight 17-11 win over Suffolk’s Mark Euston and Mark Royal with a hard-fought 15-10 afternoon success against Hertfordshire’s Paul Element and Martin Coles.

Full scores are found here:

Sian Honnor and her Kent partner Stephanie Crates

Women’s Pairs
Commonwealth Games medallists Sian Honnor and Sophie Tolchard had contrasting experiences during Monday afternoon’s first round.

Devon’s Tolchard and her King’s Torquay partner Harriet Stevens raced into tomorrow morning’s round of 16 with a comfortable 20-3 win over Berkshire. They now face Surrey B’s Sharmistra Patel and Margaret Smith who saw off Essex B by a 21-14 margin.

However, Women’s Triples Gold Medallist Honnor and her Kent partner Stephanie Crates suffered a 12-23 reverse at the hands of Leicestershire’s Jan Elliott and Carol Dixon. The New Lount BC duo now face Somerset’s Charmian Pearce and Olivia Starr who battled past Herts B by 15-12.

At the top of the draw Cornwall A’s Katie Sturtridge and Michelle Moore pulled away to a 20-10 win over Nottinghamshire after a tight opening nine ends. Their opponents tomorrow will be Huntingdonshire’s Chloe Brett and Rebecca Moorbey who beat Gloucestershire B 20-18.

Suffolk’s Tracey Johnson and Joanne Rowe sprang into an early ten-shot lead against Cumbria before going on to a 24-8 success. They now face Essex A’s Jodie Gosling and Colleen Moss who triumphed over Cambridgeshire by a 14-10 margin.

Wiltshire’s Georgina Newman and Marcia Easton’s game against Lancashire followed a similar pattern with the Avon BC duo pulling well clear in the early stages on their way to a 24-8 win.

They now meet Lincolnshire’s Louise Whyers and Annalisa Dunham who edged out local favourites Lily-Mae Adams and Emily Kernick from Sherwood Park BC, Warwickshire by a 19-17 margin.

Wiltshire B’s Debbie Shadwell and Kathyrn Yeoman eased to a 23-10 verdict over Norfolk and will now face Bedfordshire tomorrow morning after Dawn Grisley and Jayne Christie overcame Gloucestershire 19-18.

Oxfordshire pair Katherine Hawes and Lorraine Kuhler extended their National Finals stay into Tuesday with a 22-6 win over Dorset. They now face Hertfordshire’s Rhianna Russell and Valerie Challacombe in the last 16 after the Warwickshire A’s Wendy Holloway and Jean Lythall by 16-11.

At the bottom of the draw the Isle of Wight’s Sandra Aldridge and Anne Bernard will tomorrow face Worcestershire after their 19-14 win over Kent A. Their next opponents qualified for the last 16 when Izzie White and Maddie Burgess claimed a tense 20-19 success against Derbyshire.
Full scores are found here:

Devon’s Sophie Tolchard during her Pairs win with partner Harriet Stevens

Men’s Junior Pairs
Two games took place in the Preliminary Round which resulted in wins for James Dilks and Neal MacDonald of Yorkshire and Norfolk’s Jack Larter and Danny Mills.

The White Rose county claimed a 15-12 verdict over Connor and Kieran Rollings who were representing Northamptonshire while Richard Curtis and Matthew Bishop of Northumberland lost 20-18 to Norfolk in the other game.

Full scores are found here:

Day Six – Tuesday August 30th
Hot on the heels of Monday’s ties, tomorrow’s Green A action gets underway with the Men’s Pairs semi-finals the winners of which progress to the final later in the day.

For those unable to attend in person these three matches are available via live stream with commentary on the Bowls England Facebook and You Tube channels.

Elsewhere the Women’s Pairs round of 16 and quarter-finals take place at the end of which four pairs survive to contest Wednesday’s final stages.

The action on greens C, D and E is dominated by the Men’s and Women’s Junior Pairs.

The Women’s Under 25’s competition sees 28 counties face the starter with Huntingdonshire’s Chloe Brett and Rebecca Moorbey back to defend their crown. Among their potential opponents Kat Bowman, who last year claimed the Junior Singles title, joins Beth Ward as Leicestershire’s representatives.

In the Men’s competition Devon’s Kieron Kniveton, who last year lifted the trophy in the company of Harry Goodwin, is joined by Scott Eveleigh to defend his crown.

Social media coverage is available on Bowls England’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites.

Tickets to the National Finals start at just £4 for adults and £1 for Under 21s offer a full day of top-class sporting action. Tickets increase to £5.50 adults and £1.50 Under 21s at weekends. Event passes are available and all tickets are cheaper in advance.

Please note: U16s must be accompanied by an adult. Under 3s enter free of charge.

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