The Delivery | Winners Galore on Day Seven

31st August, 2022 by Daniel Ellicott
Welcome to The Delivery! This is our daily feature that brings you a round-up of action from Victoria Park plus a preview for the following day.

Day Seven Round-Up – Wednesday 31st August

Women’s Pairs – Winners: Devon

It was delight for Devon in the Women’s Pairs this afternoon. Sophie Tolchard and Harriet Stevens secured the Women’s Pairs title with a 23-16 victory over Suffolk’s Tracey Johnson and Joanne Rowe.

The Suffolk pair picked up an early four on the third end to give them a good start. However, the Devon duo struck back promptly with a four of their own on the next end to go 6-5 in front at four ends.

The match remained close before Tolchard and Stevens scored a pivotal five on the 12th end to leap 18-10 ahead. Together, Johnson and Rowe tried mightily to pull themselves back in front with a two and a three but the Devon pair held out for the win to bag the trophy.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Tolchard and Stevens overcame Isle of Wight’s Sandra Aldridge and Anne Bernard by winning 21-10. Suffolk’s Johnson and Rowe beat Huntingdonshire’s Chloe Brett and Rebecca Moorbey 18-15.

Men’s Junior Pairs – Winners: Devon

It has become back to back Men’s Junior Pairs titles for Devon and for Kieran Kniveton. Last year, Kniveton won with Harry Goodwin and today Kniveton lifted the trophy with pairs partner Scott Eveleigh.

The Devon duo sealed a tight 16-15 triumph against Hampshire’s Luke Bell and Dan Cookman. It was a close exchange in the early stages as it went 8-8 all after seven ends.

Eveleigh and Kniveton then broke away by scoring on six of the next eight ends to lead 16-10 at 15 ends. Bell and Cookman fought hard to bring it back to within two going into the last end. However, the Hampshire duo could only manage one shot for Devon to win the final.

In the semi-finals, Eveleigh and Kniveton beat Mack May and Adam Barker (Cambridgeshire) 15-12. Hampshire’s Bell and Cookman came through a thrilling extra end to beat Warwickshire’s Harry Smith and Jordan Ward 18-15.

Full results here

Women’s Junior Pairs – Winners: Worcestershire

Worcestershire’s Izzie White and Maddie Burgess clinched the Women’s Junior Pairs trophy. They beat Leicestershire’s Beth Ward and Kat Bowman 17-12 in the final.

White and Burgess scored a handy five on the 11th end to take a 13-5 lead. Ward and Bowman scored on the next four ends but were contained down to ones.

The Worcestershire pair scored a decisive two on the penultimate end to get them over the line and secure a celebrated win.

Ward and Bowman of Leicestershire beat Molly Feetham and Ruby Hill (Lincolnshire) 17-15 in the semi-finals whilst White and Burgess won 17-10 against Devon’s Ella Crouch and Nicole Rogers.

Full results here

Women’s Senior Singles – Winner: Anne Bernard (Isle of Wight)

It was elation for Isle of Wight’s Anne Bernard today as she became Women’s Senior Singles champion for 2022. She defeated Lincolnshire’s Caroline Cullum in the final with the final score 21-12.

Bernard had earlier beaten Wendy King (Kent) 21-18 and Penny Cresswell (Dorset) 21-16. Lifting the Women’s Senior Singles trophy was the best way to end a busy couple of days for Bernard after reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s Pairs.

Full results here

Men’s Senior Singles – Winner: Jerry Rumball (Hertfordshire)

Jerry Rumball of Hertfordshire triumphed in the Men’s Senior Singles today which sparked cheerful scenes for him. Rumball beat Warwickshire’s Graham Ashby 21-16 in the final.

Rumball overcome David Johnson (Kent) 21-7 and Paul Kistle (Wiltshire) 21-19 in the semi-final and quarter final prior to winning the final.

Full results here

DBE National Singles – Winner: Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall with Jane Herbert (Director) (Leicestershire)

Leicestershire’s Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall burst with joy as she won the DBE National Singles against Northamptonshire’s Chris Gray. She earned a 21-13 win in the final with her director Jane Herbert.

Three threes in the first six ends gave Lewis-Wall a 9-5 lead. However, Gray went on a scoring spree of his own. He picked up seven shots without reply to gain a 13-9 lead.

Gray’s lead was taken moments later as Lewis-Wall scored a three and four on her way to reaching 21 shots without conceding any further shots to Gray.

It was a brilliant spectacle for those watching at Victoria Park. Many were fascinated by the entertaining final. If you there watching the DBE National Singles final and inspired, head to the Disability Bowls England website here.

Men’s Club Two Fours

Silksworth BC (Durham) had two extremely narrow wins on course to reaching the Men’s Club Two Fours final. They pipped Shanklin BC (Isle of Wight) 34-33 in the semi-final after earlier beating Royal Wootton Bassett BC (Wiltshire) in the quarter final.

Brampton BC (Huntingdonshire) overcame Appleyard BC (Kent) 42-22 in the other semi-final. That was after they achieved a 37-34 victory over Poole Park BC (Dorset).

It sets up an enticing encounter as Silksworth BC and Brampton BC will go head to head in the final.

Full results here

Day Eight Preview – Thursday 1st September

Following hot on the heels of Wednesday’s semi-final the Men’s Club Two Fours final gets the Victoria Park action underway on Thursday.

Senior Pairs dominates the day eight schedule with eight Men’s and Women’s Pairs combinations starting the day with title aspirations.

In the Men’s Over-55 competition Nuneaton BC’s Steve Smith and Graham Ashby provide the local interest while pairs from as far apart as Devon and Northumberland contest the quarter-finals of the Women’s event.

Both of the 2021 Women’s Junior Singles finalists return to contest the 2022 title with Hampshire’s Alice Lovett doubtless keen to go one better than last year when Leicestershire’s Kat Bowman claimed a 21-10 verdict in the final. 2018 winner Izzie White from Worcestershire is also among the 48 bowlers who have reached the National Finals.

 

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