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Note that all entrants qualify by entering the relevant County Championship

Total ESMBA National entry = 163 : 24 Singles  15 Pairs  11 Triples  10 Fours  8 Mixed Fours  4 U18 Singles


Bromsgrove IBC - Birmingham

SUMMARY - 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, only 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 were.....

Singles - Josh Burrow - last 16   

U18s - Danny Langdon - last 2    

Pairs - Sean Conroy & Joseph Newsome - last 2     

Triples - Both Ben Render and David Newsomes triples reached the last 16

Fours - None of our teams made it through to the knockouts  

M Fours - Ben Render, Jayne Rudd and Gareth & Jacinta Townend - CHAMPIONS !


Brief reports on each discipline are shown below.

Also see the Order of Merit for this year so far,  the overall OOM placings for the last few years and the PhotoGallery


MIXED FOURS Saturday 23rd March

David & Jill Newsome  James & Charlotte Clark

Ben Render  Jayne Rudd  Gareth & Jacinta Townend


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) 


U18 SINGLES Sunday 24th March

Danny Langdon  

 Megan Holtby


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.


SINGLES Thursday 4th April (11 ends)

Ben Render  

Josh Burrow   

Sean Conroy


Sean 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.


Josh, 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.


PAIRS Friday 5th April (10 ends)

Joseph Newsome    Sean Conroy  

David Newsome    Ben Render 


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 PhotoGallery)


You can think about a shot just too long!


FOURS Saturday 6th April (8 ends)

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 & Pat Jones


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.   


TRIPLES Sunday 7th April (9 ends)

Ben Render  Sean Conroy  Jayne Rudd

Geoff & Ann Whitehead Lynda Tranmer

David, Joseph and Jill Newsome


Over the years Geoff 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, Ben and David 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 FOURS