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World Title Won by Cornish Bowler

World Short Mat Bowls Champions Christopher Willies & Peter Hore

Peter Hore returns to Cornwall after this weekends Short Mat Bowls World Championships as World Short Mat Bowls Pairs Champion after combining with West Midlands Christopher Willies to lift the title winning 11 out of 12 games over the three days of the championships.

On Friday they started with a 16-8 win against Sweden which they followed up with a comprehensive 26-5 win over Italy.  The only defeat of the weekend came in the third game, losing 11-13 to Wales on the last end of the game,  The pair bounced back to finish Friday's games with a 16-7 win over Canada. 

Saturday saw close wins against Scotland 13-11 and reigning British Isles champions Ireland 14-12.  A comprehensive 22-7 win against Norway finished Saturdays play.  On Sunday morning wins against Belgium 17-7, India 18-9 and Germany 18-7 sealed top spot in Group A on shot difference and a place in the knockout stages.

Group A standings
1st Eng 18 points +85 shots, 2nd Swe 18 +84, 3rd Ire 16 +136, 4th Wal 14 +41, 5th Sco 14 +16, 6th Bel 8 -19, 7th Ita 7 -53, 8th Ind 6 -33, 9th Can 5 -69, 10th Nor 4 -77, 11th Ger 0 -111.

The Semi Finals saw Peter and Chris up against the Ireland 'B' pairing of David Doherty & Norman Rutledge and claim a 13-7 win to move into the final game where they met the England 'B' pairing of Stephen Burrows & Adam Smith who defeated defeated Sweden's Jonas Hager & Victor Andersson 15-9 in the second semi final.

Peter & Chris got a great start in the final picking up 3 on the first end and 1 on the second to lead 4-0.  Stephen and Adam picked up 2 on the third end.  Five consecutive scoring ends for Peter & Chris put them in control leading 10-2 after eight ends.  They conceded 2 on the ninth and 1 on the tenth end before picking up 1 on the eleventh end to lead 11-5 with four ends to go.  Another 2 were conceded on the 12 end before picking up 1's on the thirteenth and fourteenth ends to secure victory 13-7.


Peter's club mate David Studden also competed at the championships in the Triples alongside Nicky Bartlett (Kent) & Barry Hedges (Essex) as England 'B'.

The Trio went through Friday's group games unbeaten with wins against Wales 12-6, Germany 23-4 and Scotland 14-10.  Saturday started with a 12-7 win against Isle of Man.  A 10-9 win against Ireland was followed up with an 18-7 win against Sweden.  The unbeaten run came to an end in the last game of the day with defeat to Belgium 6-10.  Sunday mornings final group game saw an emphatic 30-4 win over Norway.  The results left the England Triple in second place in Group B.

Group B Results
1st Wal 14 points +74 shots, 2nd Eng 14 +68, 3rd Sco 11 +46, 4th Bel 10 +38, 5th Swe 9 +22, 6th Ire 8 +47, 7th IoM 4 -37, 8th Ger 2 -130, 9th Nor 0 -128.

In the Semi Finals the English Triple were defeated 5-18 by Ireland 'A', Derek Maccallion. Mark Sproule & Aiden Corrigan.  The other semi saw Wales 'B', Tom Harries, Andrew Coghlin & Allan Slattery defeat Wales 'A', Aled Humphreys, Jonathan Gladstone & Peter Rees 11-10.  Ireland 'A' won the final 16-9 and England 'B' were comfortable winners of the third place match 20-3.


Forthcoming Events
This weekend the World Championships take place at the Leigh Indoor20- Sports Centre in Manchester with two Cornish bowlers amongst the 20 man England Squad.  Peter Hore & David Studden, both of the Holmans club, will line up in the competition to be played over three day from Friday to Sunday.

On Sunday the largest single gathering of bowlers during the season takes place at Carnmoggas with 128 bowlers, 32 from each area, taking part in the Inter Area Rinks competition.

League Tables
Up to date league tables can be accessed by following this link