Welcome to The Delivery! This is our daily feature that brings you a round-up of the action from the Aviva National Finals 2023 at Victoria Park, plus a preview for the following day.
Day Two Round Up – Friday 11th August
Another day of glorious sunshine at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa and the Bowls did not disappoint. The battle in the Women’s Fours continued for a second day, with more enthralling matches.
It was a close encounter in Round Three between Cambridgeshire with Heather Bell, Linda Andrews, Ann How, Jane Cullum (Chesterton BC) and Lincolnshire B with Helen Butler, Louise Whyers, Penny Strong, Annalisa Dunham
(Carters Park BC), with Cambridgeshire narrowly winning by 20-19.
A triumphant win for Emily Ferguson, Steph Crates, Paige Dennis, Sian Honnor representing Kent B (Appleyard BC) against Sandra Pritchard, Keri Palmer, Fran Hargest, Mandie Complin representing Herefordshire (St Martins BC) in Round Three.
Other Round Three results saw Hertfordshire A defeat Nottinghamshire (24-13), Warwickshire A were victorious against Gloucestershire A (27-15) and Berkshire A triumphing (26-10) in their battle with Cornwall A.
The Quarter-Final saw more brilliant Bowls action. The Berkshire quartet of Sally Gilbert, Angela Service, Helen Moore, Lynn Orlando (Didcot BC) secured their place in the Quarter-Finals, with a victory of 20-13 over Warwickshire A of Rachel Ashmore, Nicola Bradshaw, Becky Lever, Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield BC).
Emily Ferguson, Steph Crates, Paige Dennis, Sian Honnor (Appleyard BC) from Kent B beat Betty Stewart, Dinita Plant, Jackie Wright, Janet Carter (Herts BC) from Hertfordshire A, winning 18-12 to set-up a mouth-watering clash in the Semi-Finals against other Quarter-Final winners Berkshire A.
Elsewhere saw, Oxfordshire A of Donna Grant, Carol Gaskins, Katherine Hawes-Watts, Lorraine Kuhler (Oxford City & Cty) come out on top against Cambridgeshire of Heather Bell, Linda Andrews, Ann How, Jane Cullum (Chesterton BC), securing a 21-11 win.
The final of the four Quarter-Finals saw Jemma Tuohy, Yasmina Hasan, Elizabeth Anderson, Debbie Souter (Egham BC, Surrey A) book their place in the Semi-Finals with a 16-9 victory over Hayley Kenny, Michelle Squires, Serena Madgewick, Rebecca Smith (Clockhouse BC, Essex A), setting up a Semi-Final clash between Surrey A and Oxfordshire A.
For Women’s Fours results click here
The Men’s Singles moved into Round Two today, with some mammoth match-ups in the offering. Fresh from the British Isles, Tom McGuinness (Buckinghamshire) and Perry Martin (Hampshire) started our live stream off by battling for a place in Round Three. Tom McGuinness came out victorious against his fellow England compatriot, winning 21-14.
Shaun McCaughan (Kent) narrowly defeated Ian Mayne (Lancashire) 21-19 to book his place in Round Three. Lewis King (Kent), Tom Cawdell (Bedfordshire) and Nathan Nimmo (Buckinghamshire) also won 21-19 beating Adam Barker (Cambridgeshire), Chris Beard (Bedfordshire) and Lee Young (Oxfordshire).
Moving into Round Three and John Rednall claimed a win in his Third-Round matchup as he beat previous two time Men’s Single winner, Sam Tolchard. It was a close fought game on C Green as Chris McGreedy (Northumberland) secured a 21-19 win over John Ottaway (Norfolk). Simon Jones (Berkshire) booked his place into the Quarter-Finals with a 21-14 victory over Jack Wells (Norfolk).
For Men’s Singles results click here.
Club Two Fours – Men
The Men’s Club Two Fours kicked off today in Session 3 of Day Two. Shanklin A of Isle of Wight earned their place in the Semi-Final by defeating Reading A of Berkshire 40-34. They will face Kings A, Devon who were successful in their narrow win against Newmarket Avenue, Cambridgeshire, coming out 30-29 winners.
The other side of the draw saw New Lount, Leicestershire secure their place in the Semi-Final, running out 32-25 winners against Chipstead, Surrey. They will battle it out for a coveted place in the Final against Worcestershire, after they overcame Gosforth Bowling Club, Northumberland 29-26.
For Men’s Club Two Fours results click here.
Tony Allcock Trophy
We also saw the start of the Tony Allcock Trophy on Day Two. Surrey were victorious over Hampshire, beating them 33-30 to go through to the semi-final where they will play Norfolk who eased past Bedfordshire 42-28.
Leicestershire will face Devon in the other Semi-Final, after they bowled Yorkshire and Gloucestershire over 35-28 and 35-32 respectively.
The Family Pairs got underway with some high-quality bowling on display. George and Richard Reid (Buckinghamshire) secured the win against Jamie Barker, Adam Barker (Cambridgeshire), coming out on top 20-13 to book their place in the Semi-Final.
Mark and Paul Sturtridge of Cornwall put themselves into the Semi-Finals with a nail biting 18-16 victory over Surrey’s Harry and Hayley Halford. After a hard fought win, Christopher and Nicholas Pearce of Somerset booked their place in the Quarter-Final by beating Diane Clark and Harry Duffield of Kent.
The Quarter-Final bought us some spectacular Bowls, with Michael and Neil Corbyn (Northamptonshire) booking their place in the Semi-Finals after a difficult match against Mark and Stuart Irwin (Cumbria), eventually coming out 16-13 winners. Cornwall’s Mark and Paul Sturtridge also saw themselves through to the Semi-Finals with a nail biting win (18-16), beating Harry and Hayley Halford (Surrey).
The Semi-Finals will see George and Richard Reid (Buckinghamshire) go up against Michael and Neil Corbyn (Northamptonshire) for a place in the Final. On the other side of the draw, Mark and Paul Sturtridge (Cornwall) will battle for their place against Christopher and Nicholas Pearce (Somerset).
For all Tony Allock results click here.
Day Three Preview – Saturday 12th August
Our first Super Saturday of the Finals, and it’s a cracker! We have seven sensational finals taking place, with the winners of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Fours being decided.
The finals of the Men’s Club Two Fours, Tony Allcock Trophy and Family Pairs will also conclude in what will be a day to remember. The Juniors enter the fray of the Finals, as well as the White Rose Trophy and the Amy Rose Bowl.
Finally, we are delighted to host the Disability Bowls England North v South Challenge, with the winner claiming the Maggie Smith MBE shield to round off an incredible day of sport in Leamington.
Bowls England is pleased to announce that all 18 days of the Aviva National Finals (10 – 27 August) will be streamed online, and available for everyone to view free of charge. Visit our official streaming platform here.
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Tickets to the National Finals start at just £4 for adults and £1 for Under 18s offer a full day of top-class sporting action. Event passes are available and all tickets are cheaper in advance.
Please note: Under 3s enter free of charge.
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