ALISON AND BARBARA IN NATIONAL PAIRS FINAL:
Alison Rowsell and Barbara Jones of Bodmin Bowls Club have won through to the national pairs finals to be held in Leamington Spa in August.
In the county quarter-finals they overcame Shirley Coad and Joan Rees of St Austell followed by a semi-final win against Angie Crowder and Ann Park of Chacewater.
It is the ninth time Barbara has qualified for Leamington while for Alison it will be her fourth visit.
Brothers Martin and Paul Bennett have won through to the county pairs quarter-finals and are two games away from the men's national finals which are held at Worthing.
Bodmin entertained a team of county vice-presidents during the week. Unfortunately the weather was so bad the game was played on the indoor green.
The VPs adjusted to playing on the carpet better than their hosts and won the match by fourteen shots. This meant they recaptured the Chenoweth Cup, donated in memory of Keith Chenoweth, who played regularly for both Bodmin and the VPs.
Result. Bodmin 83 Vice-Presidents 97 (D Rowe 16 D Pascoe 19; M Bennett 18 B Crowle 20; R Thompson 19 D Hayward 16; H Roach 21 P Moyle 18; M Masters 9 W Prowse 24).
Bodmin Bowls Club played host to a group of explorer scouts who enjoyed playing on the club's superb indoor green. Bob Jones supervised the evening with assistance from Barbara Jones, John Harding and Dave Burrell.
Bodmin progressed to the next round of the Group Top Team event by beating Camelford. Bodmin won three of the five disciplines with big wins for both singles players Mervyn Masters and Keith Corris.
Top Team. Bodmin 3 Camelford 2 (Two wood M Masters 17 P Davey 8; Four Wood K Corris 21 M Prout 8; Pairs K Stouchbury, M Bennett 20 A Simon, S Hambly 21; Triples I Fraser, B Carter, H Roach 15 R Shillaber 17; Fours L Trendall, G Mugford, R Sowden, P Bennett 28 P Buck 13).
County League Division 1. Bude A 67 Bodmin B 48 (G Perkins 23 K Paddock 12; C Vickery 23 D Rowe 18; S Jones 21 R Thompson 18; Pts, Bude A 5 Bodmin 0.
County League Division 2. Bodmin C 70 Stratton C 50 (G Spittey 18 J Jeffrey 22; L Quint 22 J Smith 17; A Webber 30 D Harris 11; Pts, Bodmin C 4 Stratton C 1.
Camelford B 72 Bodmin D 54 (R Staple 14 J Harding 19; E Lowe 34 R Smith 11; D Cook 24 D Burrell 24; Pts, Camelford B 3.5 Bodmin D 1.5).
Bodmin D 67 Dunheved B 57 (D Burrell 20 P Hobbs 16; J Harding 20 A Fry 23; R Smith 27 M Gregory 18; Pts, Bodmin D 4 Dunheved B 1).
BOWOOD PARK SENIORS:
Ding dong is the only way you could describe this keenly fought seniors encounter between St Enodoc and Bowood Park at their Rock course which was in superb condition with weather to match.
With some good golf being played by both sides the contest eventually resulted in a four points all draw with the competition for nearest the pin at the par 3, 15th won by Alan May for Bowood and Tony Mindel for St Enodoc.
At a wet and wild Truro on Thursday, Bowood seniors recorded a respectable 4-4 draw. Nearest the pin contest at the short par 3, 16th was won by Tery Dangar for Bowood and Mike Humphries for Truro.
ST MELLION LADIES:
Forty-four St Mellion ladies competed for the Anniversary Rose Bowl trophy, which was donated in 1997 by the first St Mellion Ladies captain, Norah Duke.
This is a charity event and this year the Ladies raised £382 from the entry fees and raffle for the Primrose Foundation which supports the breast care centre at Derriford Hospital.
The winner was Carol Abbott with 41 points (on countback), who received the Rose Bowl from captain Geraldine Howley.
Runners-up were: division 1, Bridget Worth 41pts, and division 2, Hilary Twist 39 pts. Nearest the pin prizes went to Cheryl Bridgeman and Brenda Pascoe.
Other results. Sunday Stableford (June 3): Div 1: 1st Deboragh Flanagan 35pts; Div 2: 1st Fiona Northcott 32pts.
Wednesday Stableford (June 6). Div 1: 1st Jaine Hynes 36pts; 2nd Glennis Wootton 34pts; Div 2: 1st Hilda McKinley 37pts; 2nd Lorraine White 33pts.
ANOTHER MAIL ON SUNDAY WIN FOR ST ENODOC LADIES:
St Endodoc Ladies played in the sixth round of the Mail on Sunday Competition on Thursday.
The weather could not have been worse with howling wind and torrential rain but as the opposition had travelled from Okehampton the Ladies had no choice but to go out on the course.
It was a case of concentrating on standing up and hitting the ball as well as possible. However, St Enodoc Ladies managed to win by 3 games to 2 and were all extremely pleased to get back to the club house for a hot shower and something to eat and drink.
The team was Meg Godfrey, Sarah Sandercock, Shannon Ashcroft, Lauren Williams and Di Dingle.
The Orangefield Cup was played for on St Enodoc's Church Course, a Stableford competition played on a rare sunny day with the course in beautiful condition.
The scores reflected this with Sue Roworth cutting her handicap to 13 by scoring 39 points to win the cup. Kath Biddle also played well to score 38 points and cut her handicap to 11. Barbara Willmott was third place with 35 points.
On the Holywell Course two cups were competed for. The Neale Salver was won by Annie Matthews with a magnificent net 58 to cut her handicap to 28 while Sheena Davies came second, also cutting her handicap. Viv Mably came in third with a net 65.
The Wills Salver was won by Catherine Beagley with 33 points. In second and third places were Margaret Godwin and Bridget Power, also scoring 33 points, but Catherine took the trophy on countback.
In the Roworth Salver on the Church Course, Trudy Tremain was the winner with 34 points, followed by Sue Ofield on 32 points and Pauline Meredith with 31.
WIN FOR ST ENODOC'S JUNIOR ACADEMY:
St Enodoc's Junior Academy team faced a stiff test for their opening match of this year's Bolitho Shield.
Drawn away at Carlyon Bay they would not only face a strong side but would also have to cope with the strong wind and heavy showers.
Sam Jarvis, playing at number one, had an excellent match against S Waddell with the home player winning on the 18th. Ever consistent junior captain Jake Sanders played at two and won his match 3 and 1 against J Stone.
Emily Toy surprisingly beat our own Joe Combellack, again on the 18th. Dan Pooley, playing some excellent golf in trying conditions, won his match 4 and 3 against Abby Maude. Nick Hirst, secured a much deserved 2 up win against Lee Gough.
The stage was therefore set for Rhiannon Rich to bring the team home. She trailed E Knight by one hole coming down the 17th. Rhiannon won that hole so going to the 18th all square, but with a shot.
With both players finding the green with their tee shots, Rhiannon left her approach putt four to five feet beyond the hole but coolly sank the putt for a three, so winning the hole. Final score: St Enodoc 4, Carlyon Bay 2.
Lostwithiel seniors battled through the traffic problems on the A30 for their return match with Launceston on Friday.
Captains Brian and Don drove off, while the rest of the team dressed in full wet gear. The 8th hole, the highest in Cornwall, proved challenging with balls being blown left into the woods, nearest the pin hole 15 saw only two balls from 32 on the green.
The match was a close call with four games going to the 18th green and one game halved there.
Launceston held on and won 4 1/2 to 3 1/2, nearest the pin Nick Horler not forgetting last week's winner Mike Hartshorn.
JOLLY DAY AT DUNHEVED:
Sixty Ladies in the North East Division from Bodmin, Bude, Callington, Camelford, Dunheved, Kensey Vale, Saltash, Stratton and Torpoint joined together for a Fun Day of bowling.
It started with a Spider, proceeds to go to the Bugle Blues, who are visually impaired bowlers.
Chris Coughlan from Kensey Vale Bowling Club was the overall winner of the day and was presented with the trophy by Divisional Chairman Fran Wood.
HEROES AT ZERO:
Saltash's Zero Gravity Academy enjoyed incredible success at a British Gymnastics regional grading event at Bath University. Results were as follows:
Individual Trampoline: Ben Miller 3rd, U13 Boys Regional D; Iona Searle, 4th U17 Girls Regional D; Sarah Gruitt, 7th U15 Girls Regional E; Ellie Harding 12th U15 Girls Regional E; Katie Lewis 6th U17 Girls Regional E Qualified to Regional D; Stephen Bailey 1st U17 Boys Regional E Qualified to Regional D.
Eloise King 2nd U13 Girls Regional F Qualified to Regional E; Sam McTernan 4th U13 Boys Regional F; Katie Tooze 4th U15 Girls Regional F Qualified to Regional E; Aalayah Bull 11th U15 Girls Regional F Zac Boughton 1st U17 Boys Regional F Qualified to Regional E.
Charlie Pearson 2nd U13 Boys Regional G Qualified to Regional F; Isobel Quick 2nd U17 Girls Regional G Qualified to Regional F; Polly Craig 5th U17 Girls Regional G.
DMT (Double Mini Trampoline): Jessie Hawker 2nd U15 Girls Regional D; Zac Boughton 1st O15 Male Regional E; Ben Miller 2nd U15 Boys Regional E; Ellie Harding 11th U15 Girls Regional E.
PENCARROW CASH IN:
Pencarrow notched a crucial victory and 16 points over Gunnislake on a day where no other side in the division finished a game on a cold, wet and windy day at Trescowe.
After losing a crucial toss and being asked to bat, stand-in skipper Gareth Williams went out to open the batting with Sam Millatt, with regular opener Phil Baker being rested.
Both players began with positive intent, with Williams showing early aggression and Millatt forcefully driving his first and third balls through cover for four off the bowling of hapless young Josh Crow (0-80 from 9).
The pair continued to bat positively, bringing up their 50 partnership in just the ninth over, as ten-man Gunnislake struggled in the drizzle and heavy wind.
The partnership was finally broken on 74, when Millatt mis-cued a pull off Alex Caers to midwicket for a quickfire, run a ball 52, featuring ten fours.
Following a few rain breaks, Williams was bowled for a good 37 by the nagging off-spin of veteran Roger Bowkett (1-43 from 9).
Williams' dismissal only brought more misery to the visitors, as the league's form batsman Nick Carter was joined at the crease by friend Oli Sleeman, as they both continued their rich vein of form at this ground. Sleeman and Carter dispatched the change bowlers to all corners of the ground, as the visitors' inexperienced attack struggled with line and length bowling with a wet ball.
Carter raced to 52 not out, and when Sleeman reached 50 not out with a single, skipper Williams declared the innings on 211 for two after 34.3 overs, with one eye on the large, ominous rain cloud drifting over from Wadebridge.
In reply, Gunnislake never seemed to try to chase down the total, and seemed content to bat for bonus points, in what is proving to be yet another very difficult season for the Tamar club.
Openers Brian Martin and the vastly experienced Barrie James struggled to adjust to the slow wicket and the consistent bowling of Mark Wallis (0-22 from 7) and James Gallagher (0-27 from 7) as they scraped 39 runs from the first 16 overs.
Third change bowler Sam Millatt finally made the breakthrough, as Barrie James advanced down the track and was bowled by one of Millatt's quicker balls for a patient 16 from 54 balls.
Skipper Sam Boundy entered the fray at three, and after a shaky start began to drive and cut with authority, reaching an excellent 50 from 33 balls, as he looked to play aggressively against change bowlers Craddock (0-15 from 6), Oli Sleeman (0-13 from 6) and Millatt.
With the bowlers racing through the overs as the light faded, the game fizzled out as Gunnislake drifted toward their third bonus point. In the 34th over, Millatt secured Pencarrow their only bowling point when he had Brian Martin caught at slip by Adam Phillips for a steady 32, as he finished with figures of 2-34 from nine speedy overs in an attempt to reach a quick conclusion.
Geoff Husband (2 no) survived a late scare after a rule misinterpretation denied Danny Cock a caught and bowled from his one comical over, as Boundy ended on a brilliant 58 not out.
Pencarrow will hopefully return to full strength tomorrow as they head to the Port Eliot estate to take on Tideford II, who will offer a sterner test. Credit goes to the Gunnislake players for persisting with the game in good spirit throughout persistent rain.
Div 2 East
Menheniot-Looe v Tideford:
A damp and miserable day on Saturday prevented any kind of result as the Menheniot-Looe Sharks played host to Tideford.
Menheniot Looe skipper Danny Lee won the toss and predictably elected to bowl first. Michael Perry and Ed facey began extremely well taking out the first three wickets.
Perry bowled 12 overs straight to take advantage of the drier ball and the extra swing and was unlucky on numerous occasion not to find the edge.
It was Ed Facey's second chance to impress for the first team with the new ball and he didn't disappoint. Once he found his rhythm he bowled some beautiful deliveries and was extremely unlucky not to find the edge of Anton Luiton's bat.
Facey was, however, the victim of frequent no-balling, finding the edge of Marsh's bat and was denied a crucial wicket.
Facey clearly relished the challenge of bowling to the best that Tideford had to offer running in hard and consistently hitting the seam to find the edge again and again.
He was unfortunate that more chances didn't go to hand and was unlucky not to better his figures than his two wickets for 31 off 11 overs – a Steve Marchant Plastering player of the match performance.
Luke Ripley was sharp again behind the stumps and made some excellent appeals for stumpings.
As the ball became wet bowling became extremely difficult and batting became easier. And it was the in-form Anton Luiton who proved to be the thorn in Menheniot-Looe's side.
He stubbornly fought his way to 84 before hitting a fiercely dipping full toss to the grateful hands of Michael Perry at deep square leg. Luiton had batted very well up to that point. He faced some excellent deliveries early on but was still able to skilfully put away the bad balls.
Danny Lee had brought himself on to break the partnership and it proved to be a masterful bowling change by the Menheniot-Looe skipper. He flummoxed the Tideford batsmen with his variation of spin and flight, which eventually was the downfall of Tideford's top man.
With two further breaks for rain and an early tea, Tideford admirably fought their way to 201 for nine from a reduced 42 overs.
Menheniot-Looe then batted through further rain to reach 41 for no wicket from 11 overs before the conditions became unplayable. Millar and Lee dealt with the slow conditions well and never looked in trouble.
As the weather cleared and sunshine prevailed, Menheniot-Looe were left to rue not putting the covers on instead of batting on through the rain.
Both sides left with consolation of 11 points each, more than any other team in the division had achieved that day.
League tables, see pages 107.