Bowls: Holt enjoy a double triumph

Wiltshire were runners-up in the national Mixed Fours competition at Leamington Spa. From left,  Nick and Carol Grenfell, Janet Hardie and Graham Shadwell

Wiltshire were runners-up in the national Mixed Fours competition at Leamington Spa. From left, Nick and Carol Grenfell, Janet Hardie and Graham Shadwell

First published in Sport

Holt continued their remarkable run of success this season with a double triumph last weekend.

They qualified for both the County Men’s Four Rink League play-offs final and booked their place in the last eight of the men’s National Top Club competition at Royal Leamington Spa, next weekend.

Wilts Four Rink League Area C runaway winners Holt did not have to face Alderbury as the Salisbury area side withdrew.

Instead while Amesbury were beating Winsley 90-72 at Holt in the Sunday morning county quarter-final Holt were resting and reflecting on their performance in beating Boscombe Cliff in the inter-county stage of the men’s national Top Club competition.

Holt beat Amesbury in the semi 79-64 on Sunday afternoon.

The foursome of Wayne Simmonds, Matt Tucker, Wayne Snook and Ben Gadd recorded the biggest winning margin of 11 shots.

Results: Quarter-final: Amesbury 90 Winsley 72 (at Holt) Rink 1: P Long beat R Maslen 23-20; Rink 2: S Mitchell beat M Maslen 25-19; Rink 3: N Revell beat P Lilley 23; Rink 4: J Ellis beat J Swinburne 18-10.

Semi-final: Holt  79 Amesbury 64 (at Trowbridge Westbourne) Rink 1: A Bolwell, J Robertson, K Oliver & D Gray lost to P Long 16-22; Rink 2: R Summers, M Oliver, R Jeffereys & J Davis beat S Mitchell 21-15; Rink 3: W Simmonds, M Tucker, W Snook & B Gadd beat J Ellis 25-14; Rink 4: T Keating, G Archard, K Bailey & K Rowden beat N Revell 17-13.

The quartet of Janet Hardie, Carol and Nick Grenfell from the Box Club and Spencer Moulton’s Graham Shadwell came close to winning another national title for Wiltshire at the weekend.

On the final day of the men’s, ladies and mixed national championships at Royal Leamington Spa the Box trio and Shadwell,  substituting for the unavailable Russell Francis, were beaten in the final of the mixed fours competition 24-16 by Northamptonshire, skipped by England international Jamie Walker.

The Wiltshire foursome opened with a 19-17 success over Sussex in the last 16 and followed that up with a one shot victory over Kent in the quarter-finals as Shadwell collected three shots on the last end for a last gasp 20-19 win.

In the semis the Wiltshire four just edging home by one shot over Berkshire.

But their bid for glory came to an end at the last hurdle. “We unfortunately lost the final 24-16 to Jamie Walker and were out played,” said deputising skip Shadwell.

“We looked good early doors then dropped a four and a five and that was very hard to chase back.”

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