Archive | November, 2014

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

W Fours main

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.

W Fours richard     W Fours malcolm






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  –

W Pairs richard

Ian Davis / Richard Payne

W Pairs sean

Sean Thompson / Tony Kilgour

W Pairs malcolm

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.


County ( H ) versus Wiltshire 8th November

The County  drew with Wiltshire each County scoring 20 points.  Worcestershire scored 191 shots to Wiltshire’s 167.

In the morning session the Singles and Pairs matches were good for the County. Ian Davis was back playing in imperious form with a big 22 shots to 8 win,

The Pairs team of Tim and Keith Mills  had an equally  convincing win by 23 Shots to 5. Trish Clifford and Richard Rose battled back from a slow start to also

win, this time by 16 shots to 12. Richard Payne in his Singles match only lost by one shot with a score of 11 shots to 12.. The Triples and Fours teams went on

with high hopes, although they all found the  Wiltshire’s Triples and Fours a tougher nut to crack, with only  Richard Hulbert’s Fours team winning a hard fought

match by 7 shots to 6.

At the half way stage it was all even.

The County started the afternoon session with confidence. Both Singles teams won convincingly, Ian Davis by 22 shots to 8 and Richard Payne by 14 shots to 11 –

Both pairs teams lost. The Triples and Fours teams fared better than in the morning, with Richard Dank’s Triples team winning all the way to finally win by 13

shots to 7.  Terry Clifford’s Triples team after a disastrous start only went off by two shots losing in the end by 11 shots to 13. Jim Tingle’s Fours team was in front

for all of their match to eventually win by 9 shots to 6.

This was the County’s best result so far this season.

worcs table 8 Nov