England celebrates success in bowls’ BI Triples at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea

Selwyn Goldsmith
Thursday, November 22, 2012
4:58 PM

England hosted the British Isles Championships at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea and celebrated success in the BI Triples.

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Chris Weston, Ed Sawbridge and Chris Hopkins of Northants lifted the title for England with a dramatic 14-13 win against Irish legend Ray Stubbs in their last match of the competition.

Hopkins’ triple had opened with an 11-9 win against Nick Evans’ Welsh triple followed by a 16-5 thumping of Colin Holland’s Isle of Man trio.

Stella Clyne’s Scottish triple were then swept aside 18-5 which set up the title decider against the Irish who had also collected maximum points. With the Irish holding a better shot difference than Chris Hopkins the England stars had to win the match and duly produced the goods to earn the host nation their only title success of the weekend.

Chris Kearns, James Bucknall, Martin Simcock and Glyn Berrisford collected runners-up trophies in the B.I Fours.

Their 14-3 defeat at the hands of Mark Wilson’s Irish rink on the opening day proved fatal as the Irish won all their games to lift the title. England’s Kevin Pinkawa and Chris Willies beat Kenny MacPherson’s Scottish pair by a massive 22-4 in the B.I Pairs but this was their only success of the weekend.

Ryan O’Neill’s Irish pair took maximum points to finish B.I Pairs Champions with Ceri Jones’ Welsh pairing finishing runners-up.

Hopes were high of Essex star Craig Burgess doing well in the B.I Singles but he will be bitterly disappointed with his results. Four straight defeats left him out of the running as Andrew Evans of Wales lifted the coveted British Isles Singles crown with John Quinn of Ireland in second place.

Evans’ 19-8 win against Quinn on Saturday turned out to be the vital score-line.

England’s efforts to retain the all important British Isles Team Championship failed as Ireland took back the title that they have won so many times in the past.

England’s opening match against Wales was a game that neither team could afford to lose if they were to keep their title hopes on course and a 35-29 defeat left England in trouble from the start while Ireland opened with a 56-30 win against Scotland. England recovered well to hammer the Scots 63-15 on Sunday morning but Ireland beat Wales 46-31 to keep their title push on track.

Ireland wrapped up the B.I Team title by beating England 46-30 in the final session while Wales made sure of the runners-up spot beating Scotland 51-28.

The recent fire at South Walsham Village Hall has resulted in South Walsham having to play their home games at a different venue until further notice.

County Cup action saw Sprowston defeat Felthorpe 6-2 in an all City League clash. John Poynter’s triple led the way with a big 22-5 win while Peter Smart won 15-9 and David Dewing won 21-11. Thorpe Marriott defeated Breckland League giants Wymondham by just one shot after a 4-4 points draw. Sheila Redwood, T Hart and Kath Frost won 13-10 and Margaret McPherson, Ted Redwood and Bob McPherson won 15-11 with Wymondham’s 13-12 Chris Mann win and 15-10 Debbie Phillips’ win leaving them 50-49 down on shots. Coastal League leaders Woodbastwick Eagles lost by a narrow 10-8 margin in their local derby away to Woodbastwick Owls, the same scoreline they had gone down to at Bradwell Blue three days earlier. Hemsby won 10-8 at Stalham but lost 10-8 at home to Woodbastwick Owls. Staham were held to a 9-9 draw at home to Martham. Connaught A suffered a shock defeat at Hingham where a single shot determined the destination of the two bonus points.

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