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INTERNATIONAL BOWLS – ‘ATLANTIC RIM’ INVOLVING COUNTY PLAYERS

Results of the Atlantic Rim Championships in Wales, involving County players

Women’s Fours: Rebecca & colleagues lost to Melanie Thomas, Bethan Russ, Ysie White & Anwen Butten, of Wales 9-16 shots. This was Rebecca & colleagues only defeat in the Group stages, which put them in 2nd place to Wales in the Fours Section 2, which qualified them for the ‘play offs’ at 9.30 a.m. on the 15th May, 2019 at Penarth Windsor BC.
‘Play Offs’: Rebecca & colleagues lost to Hannah Smith, Stacey McDougall, Megan Grantham & Claire Johnston, Scotland 4-17 shots. This defeat means regrettably that the England Women’s Four did not proceed to the Semi-Finals and Final

Men’s Pairs FINAL: played at Penylan BC, Cardiff, at 2.30 p.m. - Steve & Jamie beat Paul Foster, MBE & Alex Marshall, MBE of Scotland 14-13 shots.
This was a very highly contested Final, as one would expect in such a Championship, as a 1 shot win would indicate.
This was a very good achievement indeed against this renowned duo from Scotland, who have won virtually ‘everything’ in the competitive bowls world..

Steve & Jamie therefore collected the ‘Gold Medal’ – very well done to them.

Women’s Pairs Semi-Final:

Rebecca & Natalie lost to Rose Ogiier & Lucy Beere of Guernsey 16-19 shots at 2.30 p.m. at Barry Athletic BC
For most of the game it didn't matter what the English pair did, Lucy Beere bettered it. Whether it was drawing shot when down or taking the jack back she did it all to claim her place in her second final of the Championships having won silver in the Ladies singles.

Men’s Singles Final:

Jamie beat Darren Burnett of Scotland 21-19 shots at 2.0 p.m. at Penylan BC for the Gold Medal. This was a repeat of the Final of 4 years ago in Cyprus, with the same successful result for Jamie and England.
It was a gripping final with both him and Darren drawing and firing well Jamie gradually took a 7 shots lead but then when he was holding 2 Darren, with controlled weight took out 1 and rolled onto the jack to take the end and he took control, drawing well, and he was soon in sight of the gold at 19-16 shots and holding a couple.
Jamie fired, took the jack in the grip and after Darren was short he then drew another to level the score at 19-19. Next end saw Jamie holding 1, probably 2. Darren almost took the jack back but edged it sideways to make it definitely 2 to Jamie who then covered the re-spot with his last wood. Darren then ran through with his last leaving Jamie retaining his title and his second gold of the Championships.
A stunning performance from the county’s top male bowler.

Well done to Jamie, terrific performance in Wales throughout the Championship.

England also won another gold in the Women’s Triples, with Jamie-Lea Winch, Lorraine Kuhler & Sian Honnor, beating Scotland’s Hannah Smith, Claire Johnston & Caroline Brown 23-13 shots in the Final..

The two golden victories, together with the gold medal secured by Steve Mitchinson and Jamie Walker in the men’s pairs earlier in the event and the bronze medals won in the women’s singles by Natalie Chestney, women’s pairs (Rebecca Wigfield and Chestney) and men’s triples (Ian Lesley, David Bolt and Sam Tolchard), secured the silver in both men’s and women’s overall team trophies and ensures that England will participate in all eight disciplines at the World Championships to be held in Australia next year.

ENGLAND WOMEN’S INTERNATION SERIES – COUNTY PLAYER INVOLVED

BRITISH ISLES WOMEN’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL SERIES – RESULTS

The Senior Women’s British Isles International Series was held in Jersey from the 16th to 18th June, 2019, at the Les Creux BC, under the auspices of the British Isles Women’s Bowls Council, and a County player was in the team and she played a significant part in England’s success.

Rebecca Wigfield, Desborough Town BC who has been an England International at Senior and previously at Junior level for a number of years, was the skip of an England rink, and she had with her debutant international Rachel Tremlett of Hertfordshire at Lead, Harriet Stevens of Devon at No. 2 and Sophie Tolchard, a regular International and last year’s Ladies National Champion, also of Devon, at No. 3.

England started their campaign in the morning of Sunday, 16th June, 2019, against the host country Jersey, and won by 20 shots, the final score being England 133 shots – Jersey 113 shots, and in this match England shared rink wins with Jersey, and Rebecca’s rink was one of the winners, doing so in a close match 23-21 shots, against a rink skipped by Joan Renouf.

England’s second match in the afternoon of the 16th June, 2019, was Wales, and in this contest England was very dominant, winning on all 6 rinks, for a win by 69 shots, with the final score England 152 shots – Wales 83 shots. Rebecca’s rink not only won, of course, but they were the highest winning rink with a 20 shots victory at 34-14 shots, against a rink skipped by Wendy Price.

England’s third match of the Series was played at 2.30 pm. on Monday, 17th June, 2019, against Ireland, and this was equally dominant for England with no losing rinks for a 70 shots win, with the final score England 161 shots – Ireland 91 shots. Rebecca’s rink won well again 28-17 shots, against a rink skipped by Jennifer Dowds.

The Final match for England was against the ‘auld enemy’ Scotland, and it was a ‘winner takes all’ for Scotland had also won all three of their matches, although with a much inferior shots aggregate. In this match England won well with one tied rink and just 1 losing rink, and then by only 1 shot, for a final score of England 121 shots – Scotland 100 shots. Rebecca’s rink could not quite get the 100% record they deserved, for they drew at 23 shots each, against the rink skipped by Caroline Brown.

England therefore secured the British Isles Women’s Senior International Series for the third successive year, for which we congratulate them all, but especially Rebecca for the significant part she played in the victory.
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BOWLS ENGLAND JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL MEN'S TEAM – COUNTY PLAYERS NAMED

Bowls England has named six new caps in its team to play in the BIBC Junior International Series at Essex County Bowls Club, Westcliff-on-Sea on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019, and two of the County’s young bowlers have been included to win their first cap, plus another holds his place from previous Internationals:

Adam Pitfield, Burton Latimer Town BC and Danny Walker, Northampton West End BC, both members of the successful White Rose Trophy team last year, have been included in the 24-man team for their debut, and Connor Cinato, Kettering Midland Band BC retains his place..

Adam will play at No. 2 in a rink skipped by regular International Lloyd Sabatini, and he will have for company Glen Adams of Middlesex at Lead, and BJ Byles of Berkshire at No. 3.

Danny will play at Lead in a rink skipped by fellow County man Connor Cinato, and they will have for company Tom Holmes of Herefordshire at No. 2 and Edward Elmore of Huntingdonshire at No. 3.

In addition to the Selected Team – Bowls England has named ‘Squad Members’ and the selection includes another County player, William Walker, Northampton West End BC, who was also in last year’s successful White Rose Team from the County.

All selected players, including all squad members, must attend the Junior International Squad Day on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Essex County Bowls Club. Two additional players, drawn from the additional squad members, will be selected to attend the Series following the Squad Day.

LEARNING DISABILITIES INDOOR INTERNATIONAL SERIES – COUNTY PLAYER

The newly formed Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International Series, held its first major event in Scotland from Tuesday, 4th to Thursday, 6th June, 2019, at Falkirk IBC, and a County Player, Chris Gray, Burton Latimer Town BC, was there representing England. Scotland and Wales were also represented. Each UK country supplied 12 players to participate in Singles, Pairs and Triples, with the aim to lift the ‘Munro Cup’
I am aware that Chris had a very successful Series, and that he contributed greatly to England winning the ‘Munro Cup’, but despite seeking details from the organisers, I have not received the details required for a full report on the event. I hope to be in a position to include them in my next Report.

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