The Delivery | Durham, Warwickshire and Somerset are Day Eight’s Big Winners

1st September, 2022

Men’s Club Two Fours
After a brilliant contest Durham’s Silksworth claimed the Men’s Club Two Fours title by the tightest possible 31-30 margin following an epic final against Brampton from Huntingdonshire.

With Men’s Pairs winners Nick Brett and Lewis Baker among their opponents, the winners knew they would have to be at their best and after nine ends the scores on the two rinks read 7-7 and 7-8 in the Northerners’ favour.

Silksworth then edged ahead by claiming three shots from end 12 on rink A and when their rink B group registered a five-shot success in end 14 they held a seven-shot advantage with four ends remaining.

This cushion proved crucial as Brampton almost clawed their way back into contention by claiming seven shots across the two rinks in the final end to make the final scores 16-16 and 16-15.

Scores are available on this link:

Women’s Senior Pairs
A nerveless display from Somerset’s Lynn Williams and Elaine Amery took them to a 20-12 final win over Northumberland’s Patricia Browne and Sheila Storey.

After trailing 4-1 in the early stages, the Somerset pair took the lead in the fifth end then gradually eased away to claim the crown.

“It was amazing we can’t believe it,” Elaine said.

“Neither of us have won here before – we won a lot of games to get here but on such a lovely rink we weren’t at all nervous in the final.

“That was for my husband. He died in October of last year and he never saw me win anything.”

Somerset earlier overcame Yorkshire’s Gayle Hartley and Judith Smith 23-11 in the semi-final after beating Surrey in the last eight. Kent’s Jane Cogle and Di Sekjer were Northumberland’s semi-final victims.

Scores are available on this link:

Men’s Senior Pairs
An outstandingly consistent display saw Warwickshire’s Steve Smith and Graham Ashby lift the crown through a 19-6 final win over Kent’s Steve Parr and Ken Weyand.

After five cagey opening ends, the Nuneaton BC pair pulled away through the middle of the match before sealing the deal with three-pointers in the twelfth and thirteenth ends.

They had earlier sealed their final spot with a 17-10 win over Lancashire’s Martin Gale and Alec Atkinson while the Kent pair edged out Pip Branfield and Neil Westlake from Somerset in an 18-17 thriller.

“I won a National Pairs final with my Dad 24 years ago and it’s nice to replicate that,” a jubilant Ashby said.

“Steve bowled like an absolute machine and won the final for us. We’ve won eight games to get here and another three today so we’re delighted.”

Scores are available on this link:

Women’s Junior Singles

The Women’s Junior Singles quarter-finals tomorrow morning will feature 2020 World Indoor semi-finalist Nicole Rogers who beat Sussex’s Holly Maslen 21-14 in the second round. Devon-based Rogers also beat Hertfordshire’s Rachel Tremlett and Cornwall’s Lani-May Ives-Dean in Thursday’s preliminary and first rounds.

Fresh from her semi-final appearance in the Women’s Pairs, Huntingdonshire’s Rebecca Moorbey is pressing for honours in the Junior Singles after beating Norfolk’s Connie Dowe in the first round then Somerset’s Imogen Cracknell by a 21-18 margin in the last 16.

Huntingdonshire’s Devon Cooper, a former Junior Pairs winner and runner-up, is also among the eight quarter-finalists after her 21-13 first round win over Lincolnshire’s Ruby Hill was followed by a 21-11 second round success over Northamptonshire’s Abbi Johnson-Young.

Scores are available on this link:

Friday 2nd Preview
Play gets underway at 9.30am on a day during which the Women’s and Men’s Junior Singles dominate the programme.

Kat Bowman from Leicestershire won the Women’s title last year and following Thursday’s quarter-finals eight hopefuls still retain hopes of claiming the trophy this time round.

A field of 48 Under-25’s cross the starting line on three greens in the Men’s competition of which only eight will remain at the end of the day following three rounds of action.

Among them current Bowls England Male Junior Bowler of the Year and 2021 champion Harry Goodwin, who now represents Kent, will hope to feature prominently in the Men’s Junior Singles where Wednesday’s Men’s Junior Pairs winner Kieran Kniveton represents Devon.

Live scoring is available for the Women’s Junior Singles quarter and semi-finals via this link:

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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