Note that all entrants
qualify by entering the relevant County Championship
ESMBA Nationals entry
= 151 : 21 Singles
14 Pairs 11
Triples 10 Fours
Mixed Fours 5
All at Church Gresley, Swadlincote (Birmingham)
- Our total entry this year was
- 39 less than last year. This resulted in us
2 places in Singles/Pairs/M Fours and
3 places in Triples/Fours.
In the U18s a change of format from 32 to 64 Final places meant we were
5 places in spite of our
reduced entry. This gave us
17 individual teams in total.
However, in the initial round robin stages of the Finals,
7 of these
teams made it through to the KO stages.
Our best achievements in each discipline
- last 32
U18s - Daniel
Agar - last 32 (main competition);
- semi-final (Woodbridge Plate).
Pairs - Francis
Boatman & Steve Duffin
- last 32
Gareth, Jacinta & Edward Townend
- last 16
Ben Render, Emma Burrows, Jayne Rudd & Jamie
Trigg - last 16
M Fours - Newsomes
& Lynda Tranmer - last 16
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 PhotoGallery
Saturday 28th March
Ben Render Jayne Rudd Gareth &
David, Joseph & Jill Newsome and Lynda Tranmer
A disappointing performance. Ben's four
found themselves in a tough group which included last year's winners. Two very
close games against Somerset and Essex unfortunately resulted in two losses and
in spite of a win against Norfolk they did not progress through to the
knockout stages so were unable to repeat their success of two year's ago.
The Newsomes plus Lynda played well enough in the round robin notching up wins
against Herefordshire and Buckinghamshire and a close game was lost to
Wiltshire. This was enough to take them through to the last 16 to play another
Buckinghamshire team but a patchy performance lead to a 4-6 loss so their
chances were dashed once again. The eventual winners were Dave Wiggins et
al from Oxfordshire.
Sunday 29th March
Cameron Breeze (17) Daniel Agar (11)
Jamie Trigg (15) Lauren Finch (15) (Ben Finch unable to attend)
The Under 18's
competition was a most inspiring day out and our team did us proud.
had very close games throughout the round robin but a draw and two losses
meant he had to be satisfied with the Plate KO competition. In this he gained
a bye into the last 16 to meet Sadie Young of Essex. A good battle ensued
but Jamie finally went down 7-12.
started her day with a great win
over Norfolk's Ryan Fox and although playing very well she then went down in
her next two matches. She then progressed to the Plate KO to
play Michael Hall of Dorset. It was an excellent performance but Lauren
very narrowly lost out 7-8 putting an end to her first visit to the National Finals.
faired better having lost two of his round robin games he then also progressed
into the Plate KO to play Essex's Rachel Cordy which he won 9-8 after an extra end.
He then excelled against Oxford's Lucy Watts
coming out on top 17-1. His form continued into the Quarter-Final where he
beat Cheshire's Ryan Steadman 10-6 and so found himself in the Plate Semi-Final
playing Danny Woods. After a close few ends, Danny, the eventual winner of the
Woodbridge Plate, consolidated some good form to come out on top 12-4. An
excellent performance for Cameron in his last year as an under 18.
Our youngest finalist,
Daniel, won his first match 13-10 against Dorset
and also his second against Cheshire but lost out in his third against Surrey.
He was thus the only North Yorkshire player to proceed to the main
competition knockouts and was drawn against Hampshire's Callum Goodman who,
despite being still only 14, was in his fifth appearance at the nationals!
The two players matched each other wood for wood and the eventual score of
3-14 belied the excellent standard of bowling by our youngest representative.
Overall, everyone there commented on the manners and skills of all
participants and it was indeed a pleasure to take part, albeit as an old
marker rather than a young player!
Thursday 3rd April
Danny Langdon James Clark
James lost his first 2 games 6-9 and
7-10 so In spite of a 9-7 win over former champion Dave Coultas was not able to
go any further.
Danny started with a decisive
victory over Oxfordshire's No1, Neil Pratley and then narrowly went down 7-8 to
Cheshire's top dog, Gareth Stanway (a former champion in Singles, Pairs and
Triples). However a 10-7 defeat of the Surrey No1 Robert Edwards took him into
the last 32. Here he met the Staffordshire No1 Allan Williams (a former double
winner in both Pairs and Fours) and just missed out by 8-9. A great effort against
4 of the country's best. You'll be a champion sooner or later Danny - stick at
Friday 4th April
Francis Boatman & Steve Duffin
Pat Lawry & Keith Tingay
Pat & Keith, in their first visit to
the National finals, found the going tough and lost all three of their games.
However, their match against Northampton1 (Chris Hopkins/Chris Weston) (last
years Fours champions and 2012 Triples Champion) was a good effort (7-10).
Francis & Steve (first visit to the
Finals) had two good wins (13-4 and 12-5) and a loss (6-12) to reach the final
32 but were then soundly beaten 1-16 by West Midlands2 (who went on to reach the
Saturday 5th April
Ben Render Emma Burrows Jane Rudd
Pat Lawry Keith Tingay Ray L-Howe
Geoff & Anne Whitehead Jill Newsome
Once again Pat and Keith, together with Ray and
Roger, made no headway losing all three games as did Geoff, Anne, Jill and
Geoff. However, the latter should count themselves somewhat unlucky losing by
6-7. 6-7 (against the 2013 Fours champions) and 9-11.
Ben and Co. started with a 10-13 loss but
recovered to win their remaining games 8-4 and 10-8. In their first KO match
they overcame Kevin Siddle's West Yorkshire four by 13-6 to reach the last 16
where they then went out 4-8 to Staffordshire2.
Sunday 6th April
Jacinta, Gareth and Edward Townend
Danny Langdon James Clark
Roger & Diane Ellis Janet
Roger, Diane and Janet drew their
first game 5-5 but then lost the remaining two 9-13 and 3-10 (against the
2012 Fours champions).
Two wins out of three took Danny's
trio through to the final 32 where they came up against the West Midlands top
team of Mike Tandy, Chris & Simon Willies to lose 2-13.
The Townends were undefeated in the
round robin with a 7-7 draw and two wins 8-6 and 9-7. In the knockouts they then
defeated Somerset1 by a convincing 11-3 before just going out by a single shot
9-10 in the last 16 to Oxfordshire1, the 2013 Fours champions who then went on
to win this year title.
Full results for all
disciplines on ESMBA website -