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BOWLS: Cooke and Jacobs miss out on national title
9:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
WEEK ONE at the women’s and mixed national championships at Royal Leamington Spa saw the Box duo of Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs go close to securing a national title for Wiltshire.
However, the second and final week was extremely disappointing for players representing the county at Leamington.
Cooke and Jacobs, the Wiltshire pairs champions for the past three years, won five matches in the national pairs championship but fell in the penultimate round losing in the semi-finals 17-14 to the eventual winners from Alton Social Bowling Club, Hampshire.
But in the singles championship Cooke (Box) went out in round two while county champion Debbie Shadwell (Spencer Moulton), making her first appearance in the ‘blue riband’ event, lost in the opening round.
Winsley’s Sandra Bartlett also went out early in the Over 55 singles losing in the second round.
- THE attention has now switched to Worthing for a fortnight and the men’s and mixed national championships.
West Wiltshire bowlers are very thin on the ground this year with only the Holt trio of Rob Jeffreys, Don Gray and Justin Davis plus fellow Holt player Wayne Snook taking part.
Davis’ trio were due to start out in the triples championship yesterday against Kempston Hammers BC (Beds) while Snook is a member of the Wiltshire junior side playing Surrey in the semi-final of the national inter-county men’s U25 two fours competition for the White Rose Trophy on Saturday.
Two years ago, Wiltshire were beaten semi-finalists and will be hoping to improve on that performance this time around.
- THE annual Bowls Wiltshire mixed galas organised by the Wiltshire Bowlers Joint Council will take place this Sunday.
They are being held this year at two venues Swindon Bowls Club (Shrivenham Road) and Amesbury starting at 10am with the proceeds going to bowls benevolent funds in Wiltshire and also to the Joint Council.
There will be eight teams taking part at both Swindon and Amesbury, each playing in two sections of four.
Both of the round-robin sectional winners at each of the two venues will meet in the final for a first prize of £100 while the runners up will both receive £50.
Each team taking part consists of nine players - a mixed pair, mixed triple and a mixed four.
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