Carter’s left waiting after final farce

John Turner, short mat bowls. Pic by Selwyn Goldsmith

John Turner, short mat bowls. Pic by Selwyn Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

The national short mat club championships in Northaamptonshire finished in farce after the final was unable to be played.

Despite using the same format as last season, when the competition did not end until 8.45pm, the ESMBA only booked the venue until 5pm. Bob Carter, who won the title in 2011, reached the final after defeating Wymondham in the semi-finals. Carter's Trevor Brown beat Wymondham's Chris Mann 10-5 in the singles but Mikey George, Debbie Phillips, Jack Barrett & Jon Sparham hit back in the fours beating Melvin Woods' rink 6-5. Carter's triple of Jason Woods, David Lamb & John Turner inflicted serious damage beating Jon Sparham's triple 11-3. In the pairs Wymondham's Andrew Stratton & Chris Mann were losing 10-1 to Carter's Nigel Willard & Trevor Brown before swopping over and coming back from the dead to win 11-10. With points tied at 4-4 Carter won on shots by 36-25.

Bob Carter and their opponents, Kingscliffe A, left the venue not knowing where or when the final will be played.

The battle between Kirby Bedon & Wymondham to claim the runners-up spot in Division One continued unabated this week. Kirby Bedon entertained Hevingham and opened strongly with two first half wins. Joe Brown's triple beat Maurice Kemp's triple 25-6 after quickly building up a 14-2 lead after eight ends.

Phil Watson's triple were also on form beating Alan Bunn 20-7. Kirby Bedon made sure of a maximum 8-0 win as Watson's triple beat Kemp 21-9 and Brown's triple beat Bunn 23-8. Wymondham matched Kirby's scoreline by beating Anglian Windows 8-0. Mikey George, Jack Barrett & Jon Sparham beat Avril Walker's triple 23-6 while Roger Steele, Debbie Phillips & Chris Mann beat Mike Boswell's triple 15-12. Wymondham made changes after the break with Mary Fisher replacing Steele while Mann moved into the number two slot and Debbie Phillips took on the skips role. The changes resulted in Wymondham's biggest win of the night, a 26-2 score. Anglian Windows almost snatched some points in the final game but Mikey George, Andrew Stratton & Jack Barrett held on for a 13-12 win against Mike Boswell.

In Division Two First Bus went into their final two games needing to pick up serious points to stave off the threat of relegation. They were held to a 4-4 draw on their own mats by Thorpe Marriott A where Kath Frost's triple beat Bob Oatway 19-18 and Tony Turner's triple beat Colin Coman 18-10 in the first half.

First Bus hit back to claim a draw with Oatway & Coman both winning. First Bus visited promotion chasing Halvergate for their last match and were beaten 6-2. Robbie Lamb's triple opened with a 23-7 win against Colin Coman while Keith Cooke beat Bob Oatway 16-11. Oatway's triple earned First Bus two points with a 12-10 win against Robbie Lamb but Keith Cooke's 13-12 win against Colin Coman saw Halvergate over the line.

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With Watton and Hingham Yellow both still in the promotion race in Division Three their match at Watton was much anticipated. Brenda Draper's triple gave the home side a good start beating Wendy Tweed's triple 18-9 while Joan Bebee and Graham Tweed drew 11-11. Both games went Watton's way in the second half as Jacqueline Capell won 14-11 and Daphne Braham won 16-11 to earn them a valuable 7-1 victory. Hingham won 6-2 at County Council with Wendy Tweed, Janet Higgs & John Higgs winning twice. Bob Carter cruised to an easy 8-0 home win against Thorpe Marriott 'A' in their Summer Cup quarter-final match with Trevor Brown's triple winning 29-4 & 14-4 while John Turner's triple won by 24-7 & 18-9. In the semi-finals Bob Carter have been drawn away to Deaf Sports while Halvergate visit Thorpe Marriott 'B'.

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