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World Fours and World Pairs – 22nd and 23rd November

The Short Mat Players Tour staged two major open international tournaments on the 22nd and 23rd November at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowls Centre

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In the Fours tournament 96 players ( 24 teams ) from the UK. Ireland, Sweden and Belgium competed throughout the day. There were two teams from Worcestershire   –   Sean Thompson / Alan Walters / Richard Payne /  Tony Kilgour /   and  Terry Clifford  / Malcolm Saunders /  Trish Clifford / Richard Rose.

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The format for the days play consisted of 6 groups of four players playing in a round robin series of matches with the top two teams progressing to the main knockout series with the third and fourth teams progressing to a “Plate” competition. Both the Worcestershire teams competed in the Plate competition with Terry Clifford’s team being knocked out in the first round and Richard Payne’s team being knocked out in the quarter final. The overall winners were the Irish fours team of Andrew Morrison, Jal Richardson, William Morrison and Lisa Douglas.

Three Worcestershire teams competed in the Pairs tournament  –

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Ian Davis / Richard Payne

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Sean Thompson / Tony Kilgour

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Malcolm Saunders / Richard Rose

 

There were 52 pairs competing from the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium, playing in groups of four. Similar to the Fours tournament the top two in each group progressed to the main knockout series with the third and fourth teams in the groups competing for the ” Plate “. Malcolm Saunders and Richard Rose progressed to the main knockout phase only to be defeated in the first round by a very strong team from Gloucestershire. Richard Payne and Ian Davis and also Sean Thompson and Tony Kilgour . competed in the plate series but went out in the first round to strong competition.

 

Pre-season Practise

On Friday 19th September the county will be holding a pre-season practise at the Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Centre from 6 – 10 pm. The squad is urged to attend this session and get some pre-season practise within the teams that they are likely to play in when the season gets under way.

2014/2015 Season

The County starts its 2014/2015 season with a squad of 30 players and will be fielding a team to compete in the ESMBA premier inter county competition in Group 1. The other counties in the group are Gloucestershire,Herefordshire and Wiltshire.

It is the aim of the County to increase the number of registered players to 45 – 50, which would enable the County to field an “A” team in addition to the existing premier team. Both Gloucestershire and Herefordshire within Group 1 field an “A” team. To meet the proposed increase in registered players, the County Association is encouraging clubs and short mat players within the whole of Worcestershire to consider registering with the County.

There is a real opportunity for new members to participate in inter county competitions in addition to those competitions promoted by the County Association itself. Anyone interested in becoming a registered player with the County is urged to contact the County Captain or any of the County officials.