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 14 Round Up – Wednesday 23rd August
The Juniors took over Victoria Park today, with the start of the Women’s Junior Singles and the continuation of the Men’s Junior Singles. We were also treated to the Quarter-Finals of the Men’s and Women’s Senior Fours.
Women’s Junior Singles
Our Junior Women kicked off proceedings on Day 14, with 52 competitors lining up on every Rink from A to D Green, for their Aviva National Finals badge presentation. With a mix of newer faces and experienced players, it was set to be a tough tussle.
Following her success in the Women’s Fours, Yasmina Hasan (Egham BC, Surrey) was looking for more glory. She breezed through Round One, with a 21-4 victory over Grace Fussey (Cambridgeshire), but had to dig deep in Round Two as she faced Maddie Burgess (Worcestershire), securing a 21-17 win. The journey came to an end however, with a 21-14 loss against Warwickshire’s Emily Kernick. Emily will be looking to continue her successful run (21-3 v Sophie Wood, Durham & 21-15 v Keri Palmer, Herefordshire) when she faces Leicestershire’s Kat Bowman tomorrow (Thursday 24th August).
Last year’s two wood singles winner, Rhianna Russell, had a great run to Round Three before falling short to Olivia Starr of Somerset, in a 21-14 battle.
For all the results from today’s Women’s Junior Singles, click here. The competition comes to a close tomorrow, so be sure to follow live scoring for all the latest news.
Men’s Junior Singles
The Men’s Junior Singles continued on Day 14, with the Last 32 looking to make their way to the following rounds.
Title holder, Daniel Ellicott (Warwickshire) continued his campaign to retain the Men’s Junior Singles trophy with a Round Two match against Dan Hughes (Essex). Ellicott made his way to Round Three with a 21-15 win, but his efforts to retain the title were quashed by an on-form Oli Collins of Somerset, who secured a 21-17 win despite excellent efforts from Ellicott to get back in the game from behind.
Callum Hodgson of Cumbria went safely through to the quarter finals thanks to wins against Carlos Lali (Berkshire) and the 2022 runner-up Lloyd Milligan (Lancashire).
Meanwhile, Mack May (Cambridgeshire) held his nerve on the streaming rink, followed up with a convincing win in Round Three, and will face Kyle Leeks (Suffolk) in tomorrow’s Quarter-Final. Given Leek’s form throughout, it’ll be a great match-up.
But the Cinderella story of the day was Oliver Shearing of Middlesex, who fought hard in Round One (21-19), Two (21-20) and Three (21-18) to secure his spot in the Quarter-Final.
For all Men’s Junior Singles results, click here. The competition draws to a close tomorrow, with the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final all underway – one not to be missed.
Men’s Senior Fours
It wasn’t just about the Junior’s today – the Men’s Senior Fours Quarter-Final stook place on D Green, with Yorkshire’s Gus Whitwell, John Tyreman, Alan Crossman, Karl Tyreman from Brotton BC taking on the Isle of Wight’s Mike Cox, Ian Ball, John Crews, Martin Butchers from Plessey BC. It proved to be a tough draw for the Yorkshiremen, who fell short with 6 shots to the Isle of Wight’s 18.
It was all eyes on D2, as Mike Stray, David Lewis, Roy Elkington, David Brammer (Lincolnshire) edged to a 21-19 win over Mark Brocklebank, Steve Van Wyk, Derrick Fulker, Peter Ward (Hampshire).
Other Quarter-Final scores:
Robbie Ferguson, Brian Whittingham, Kevin Carter, Neil Smith (Westlecot BC, Wiltshire) beat Charles Wright, Graham Lavender, Alec Martin, Shaun Godfrey (White Rock BC, Sussex), 18 – 11
Gary Clark, Martin Sampson, Simon Greenwood, David McCallum (Camberley BC, Surrey) beat Trevor Bateson, Norman Coad, Steve Rowse, Neil Stephens (Stenalees BC, Cornwall), 14-7
For all results in the Men’s Senior Pairs, please click here.
Women’s Senior Fours
It was a Quarter-Final of two halves this afternoon in the Women’s Senior Fours. Lesley Johnson, Alice Atwell, Hazel Marke, Margaret Holden (Hampshire) shut out Cornwall’s Jean Whetter, Rose James, Jenny Marchant, Fran Turner, with a convincing 24 – 8 win in 14 ends.
Lesley Holmes, Di Wilson-Rogers, Barbara Heath, Lin Mountain (Lincolnshire) also breezed in to the Semi-Finals after a 21 – 12 victory in 17 ends against Bedfordshire’s Dawn Grisley, Jenny Ralph, Jayne Christie, Jackie Bryant (Bedfordshire).
Meanwhile, it was a tougher time for the other Quarter-Finals, with both matches going the full distance. Helen Skinner, Sharon Mew, Jan Williams, Lynne Allen (Herefordshire) kept Middlesex’s Tina Cooper, Angela Cumine, Cathy Taylor, Ann Halliday at bay with a 17 – 14 win. Whilst Leen Hampshire, Carole Wolton, Sandra Aldridge, Anne Bernard of the Isle of Wight narrowly defeated Lancashire’s Clare Fletcher, Carol Saunders, Christine Travis, Eleanor Benvie, 15-13.
For a full list of Women’s Senior Fours results, click here.
Day 15 Preview – Thursday 24th August
It’s a busy day tomorrow! The the Men’s and Women’s Junior Singles comes to a conclusion after some riveting matches to date. You’ll be able to stream some of the final matches of these competitions over at bowlsengland.com/bowlstv.
The Two Bowl is here! The Women’s and the Men’s Last 62 compete to secure spots in the business end of the competition, with the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals kicking off on Friday 25th August.
We also see the conclusion of the Men’s Senior Fours and Women’s Senior Fours competitions, in what will be a tough fight to the coveted Final spot.
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