BOWLS: Westlecot suffer double KO blow

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WESTLECOT men’s and mixed teams crashed out of both the Denny Cup and Egham Trophy last weekend at the hands of Cotswold.

The men were well beaten in the Denny Cup by the Stroud-based side as they went down 62-96 to the in-form Gloucestershire team, while in the Egham Trophy Westlecot’s mixed team led overall for three quarters of their match but then slumped in the closing stages before losing 75-84.

Westlecot were under the cosh from the start in the Denny Cup and trailed 26-14 across the board after five ends and 50-30 at ten with Craig Hatherall’s home rink 16-3 down and Mike Titcombe’s away foursome trailing 20-8.

Cotswold continued to turn the screw and finally won by 34 shots.

Dave Snell’s home rink, who led for most of the way and were 13-4 up at 12 ends, prevented a whitewash by winning their match 17-13.

The Egham Trophy match against Cotswold started brightly enough for Westlecot as they led 22-9 across the board at five ends, but they were pegged back to 37-33 at ten and only led 59-56 at 15.

Their opponents then stepped up a gear both at Westlecot and at home at Stroud to move in front and finally won by nine shots.

At Westlecot John Thomas’ rink were cruising as they led 14-6 at 12 ends, but then conceded a maximum eight on the next and a seven followed on the 19th to see them trail 25-18.

They hit back to score eight shots on the last two ends for a win.

Ian Jefferies’ rink were in charge as they led 6-1 at five ends, 7-4 at ten and 13-9 at 15, but only scored two more shots in the next six ends and lost 16-15.

Away, Chris Cheesley’s rink were involved in a tight match. They led 11-7 at ten ends, were level at 13-13 at 15 but only scored two more shots and finally lost 18-15.

Also away, Paul Kistle’s rink were always under pressure as they trailed 6-17 at ten, but they fought back to cut the gap to 19-16 at 15 ends before losing by six shots.

RESULTS DENNY CUP: Home - Rink 1: Dave Matthews, Denis Holborow, Mike Shawyer & Craig Hatherall lost to Steve Knight 12-27. Rink 2: Kevin Embling, James Nobbs, Hedley Bowen & Dave Snell beat Dave Howes 17-13. Away - Rink 4: Brian Coles, John Wilson, John Anderson & Mike Titcombe Jnr. lost to Keith Hinder 16-31. Rink 5: Joe Mazzotta, Geoff Snowball, Tom Pittuck & John Thomas lost to Nick Holliday 17-25.

Score: Westlecot lost to Cotswold 62-96.

EGHAM TROPHY: Home - Rink 1: Ellen Bolland, Maureen Rogers, Kevin Embling & Ian Jefferies lost to John Heathcott 15-16. Rink 2: Wendy Anderson, Rosemary Nichols, Denis Holborow & John Thomas beat Bernard Trott 26-25. Away - Rink 3: Katie Smith, Josie Lloyd, James Nobbs & Chris Cheesley lost to Eddie Brain 15-18. Rink 4: Lucy Smith, Doris Woodley, Dave Matthews & Paul Kistle lost to Arthur Elliott 19-25.

Score: Westlecot lost to Cotswold 75-84.

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