Note that all entrants
qualify by entering the relevant County Championship
Total ESMBA National entry
= 163 : 24 Singles
15 Pairs 11
Mixed Fours 4
IBC - Birmingham
- Our total entry this year was
163. This resulted in us
being allocated 2 places in the Pairs, Mixed Fours and U18 Singles, with 3
places in the Singles and Triples and 4 in the Fours. This gave us
16 individual teams in total.
In the initial round robin stages of the Finals,
8 of these
teams made it through to the KO stages, a somewhat disappointing result. However
of these, 3 made it through to their Final - the best result ever.
The best achievements in each discipline
- last 16
- last 2
Pairs - Sean
Conroy & Joseph Newsome - last 2
Triples - Both
triples reached the last 16
Fours - None of our teams made it through to
M Fours - Ben
Render, Jayne Rudd and Gareth & Jacinta Townend
Brief reports on each discipline are shown below.
Also see the
Order of Merit for this year so far,
OOM placings for the last few years and the
Saturday 23rd March
David & Jill Newsome James & Charlotte
Ben Render Jayne Rudd Gareth &
In the round robin, Ben started with a 7-4 win
over Surrey2, then a 6-7 loss to Essex2 and ended with a decisive 17-2 defeat of
Herts2. David meanwhile beat Herts1 by 13-4, drew 5-5 against Essex1 and
finished with a 12-8 win over Worcester. So far so good with both through to the
knockouts but then David went out 7-8 to Norfolk3 after an extra end -
disappointment after a great fight.
Ben fought on.....10-3 against East Sussex
then a tough QF and SF, winning both by a single shot - 8-7 over West Midlands
and 6-5 over Norfolk2. Having come this far, nothing could stop them
now.........except maybe Barry Hedges and Essex3. But no, it was North
Yorkshire's day ending as National Mixed
Fours Champions with a final score-line of
6-3. Well done to all 4 - only our second National title (David Newsome in the
2009 U18 Singles)
Sunday 24th March
This proved to be a similar day to
yesterday with both Danny and Megan going through to the knockouts in their
first visit to these Finals. Danny drew his first game 11-11 against Norfolk3
then beat Jamie Smith from Humberside 11-8 before just losing his final game 7-9
in a fine match against Essex's Mitchell Young (who last week had taken
the British Isles Singles title in Dumfries). Megan started very well indeed
with two decisive wins - 14-4 against West Sussex and 19-1 against West
Midlands. She lost her third 6-13 but this was against Edward Elmore the
reigning (2 times) Champion. In her first knockout she came up against
Oxfordshire's AJ Brown, another England squad member, and put up a great
performance only losing by 2 shots 8-10.
Danny fought on...... securing 3
more wins. 13-4 against West Sussex4, 11-7 against Surrey and finally 12-6
against West Sussex1. So like Ben & Co. the previous day, Danny found
himself in the Final......only to find he had to face up to Mitchell Young once
more! Although he dropped singles on the first 3 ends he kept in touch reaching
5-6 after 7 ends. However, Mitchell was not relenting and after finishing 1,2,1
Danny had to concede at 5-10 with an end remaining. Great effort Danny!
With their performances both our
players have shown the other counties their potential (we knew about it already)
and it is not difficult to predict that one or both will be a National Champion
within the next few years.
Thursday 4th April
disappointedly lost all three of his round robin games - 8-11 to Ross
Dunkley (West Midlands1); 6-12 to Andrew Pinkawa (Somerset3) and 6-12 to John
Manley (Cheshire4). Ben
started with a 4-12 defeat at the hands of the 2011 Champion, Dominic Reed
(Essex3) then narrowly lost 7-8 to London's Ken Sleat before ending with a
narrow 13-12 win over David Gander (Bucks1). Another disappointed bowler.
in his first visit to the National Finals also started with a defeat at the
hands of Josh Baxter (Norfolk1) 3-11. However, undeterred he went on to beat
England's Dave Wiggins (Oxford2) 13-8 and then John Clapson (Hereford1) by 16-6
to enter the knockouts. In these he was drawn against another England squad
member Paul Seaman (East Sussex1) but a 10-5 victory saw him reach the final 16.
Here he finally bowed out 4-13 to David White (Hampshire4) - a good effort
considering David went on to reach the Final. Well done Josh.
Friday 5th April
David Newsome Ben
Ben & Dave
started well with a 11-6 win over
Andrew Brown/Tom Clough (Oxford3) but lost their next game 9-11 against
Catherine Cowlin/Chris Shakeshaft (Somerset2). Needing to win their final game
against Paul Cairns/Paul Bax (Essex4) to progress, they unfortunately lost by a
single shot - 10-11 so went no further.
Meanwhile, after drawing their
initial game 10-10 against Steve Killington/Rachel Cordy (Essex3),
Sean & Jo
went on to convincingly win their remaining two round robin games - 13-4 against
David Baker/Michael Rice (Suffolk) and 14-4 against David Rutt/Rhonda Barnes
(Humber2). In the knockouts, they gathered momentum with Jo drawing consistently
and steadily and Sean creating winners when needed. After an 11-5 win over the
Essex4 Pair that had narrowly caused the demise of Ben & Dave (see above) they
then had another good win this time over Lee Toleman/Bronagh Malone who conceded
at 11-2 with 2 ends to go. In their Quarter-Final they were up against Essex1 -
Craig Burgess (Singles Champion last year) and Mitchell Young (who won the
British Isles Singles a few weeks ago). However they continued playing well
taking a 4 on the 9th end to force Essex to submit at 11-6. In the Semi-Finals
it was Mike Tandy and England's Chris Willies (West Midlands2) who were on the
receiving end of a 3-8 defeat - once again inside the distance with an end
remaining. Great stuff!
So a very good run of decisive wins
led our two into the Final match - this time against Shropshire's only entry -
Alan Williams and Alan Jones. These two are no strangers to winning, AW having
won the Pairs in 2011 and the Fours in 2009 & 2010 and AJ the Triples in 2011.
This was another good match but with our two always playing 'catchup'
eventually losing by a single shot 7-8 but coming the closest to a National
title we have ever had in the main competition. (See
SEE SEAN AND JO IN ACTION IN NATIONAL
PAIRS FINAL(Courtesy of Westy Lad (David West)
You can think about a shot just too long!
Saturday 6th April
David Newsome Ben Render
Jayne Rudd Sean Conroy
Anne & Mick Ridge Joanne
Senior Andrew Leng
Rose Haynes Simon & Megan
Holtby Roger Green
Derek & Pat Beardsley and Bryan &
10 entries this year gave us 4
places in the Finals for the first time ever, so hopes were high that we could
make some sort of impression. However all 4 of our teams only managed a single
win each and all therefore failed to reach the knockouts. The one highlight was
the Knaresborough Fours 8-6 victory in their final game against Cheshire2 - a
strong team containing former National Champions in Singles, Pairs and Fours.
Sunday 7th April
Ben Render Sean Conroy
Geoff & Ann Whitehead Lynda Tranmer
David, Joseph and Jill Newsome
Over the years
has been to the Triples Finals 5
times but he has never progressed beyond the final 32 - could this be his year?
Unfortunately not as with 2 defeats 6-10 (Somerset1) and 6-11 (Cheshire4) and a
9-9 draw (Warks2) he found himself on an early trip home. However,
fared a little better.
Ben sailed through the round robin
dispatching Gloucester3 by 17-3 and Cornwall England colleagues (Peter Hore &
Nigel Nichols) by 16-3. His toughest game was against the current British Isles
Triples Champions, Chris Weston, Ed Sawbridge and Chris Hopkins but they too
were overcome 10-8. In the last 32, a 9-5 win over P Bax/P Cairns/R.Cordy
(Essex2) saw them into the last 16. However it was as far as they could go,
dropping out after a 4-11 defeat at the hands of Barry Hedges, Babs Morikutti
and Matt Sifford (Essex4).
The Newsome's meanwhile were also
into the knockouts after 3 tight games. A 7-5 win over London and a 10-9 over
Oxford3 meant that losing their last game 6-7 to Humber3 was not a problem.
There followed a decisive defeat of G cross/G Davies and AJ Brown (Oxford1) by
16-9 before they too dropped out 2-13 to Cheshire1. The latter team of S White J
Neal and Gareth Stanway went on to win in the Final.
Well done to our
losing finalists in the U18 SINGLES and the PAIRS and our CHAMPIONS in the MIXED
HARD LUCK THE REST
WE HAVE ANOTHER
YEAR BEFORE WE CAN ALL TRY AGAIN FOR THAT ELUSIVE NATIONALS SENIOR TITLE