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BOWLS: County bragging rights up for grabs
6:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
LOCAL bowlers will be out in force at the Bowls Wiltshire men’s national championship and the men’s, ladies’ and mixed competition finals this weekend.
They will compete in 17 of the 20 events being staged at Devizes.
Westlecot have the largest representation of the 23 finalists with eight and are closely followed by Wootton Bassett with six.
All of Bassett’s men are in action on Saturday with Kyle Anderson facing Ben Gadd (Holt) in the champion of champions singles final, while the fours championship event is an all-Wootton Bassett affair between rinks skipped by Andy Crump and Dave Snell.
In the afternoon Snell faces Graham Hatherall (Westlecot) in the men’s county championship two wood singles final and Tom Walkley defends his county junior singles title against Westlecot’s Paul Stokes.
The Bassett trio of James Nobbs, Kyle Anderson and Gary Morphet defend their triples crown against Justin Davis’ team from Holt.
Westlecot’s Mike Jackson and Mel Biggs meet Alderbury duo John Webb and Graham House in the pairs final while youngster Michael Titcombe faces Holt’s Adrian Bolwell in the county men’s unbadged singles final.
Jackson and Hatherall, both previous winners, clash in an all-Westlecot men’s singles championship final.
On Sunday, Jake Webster and Michael Titcombe Jnr contest the Bowls Wiltshire under-21 pairs final.
Westlecot face Holt as they aim to regain the Wiltshire men’s Four Rink League title.
Highworth boast three finalists at Devizes. Linda Kingston plays Jean Collier in the ladies’ champion of champions final, Kevin Carter defends his greenkeepers’ singles title while Joanna Richman contests the last four of the ladies’ unbadged singles.
Purton also have a triple representation at Devizes with Paul Boyles, Eric Matthews and Alison Fail playing Wilton in the BW Officer’s triples final, while Julie Jones is in the last four of the ladies’ unbadged singles.
Purton meet Town Gardens in a local clash in the men’s Tourist Trophy final.
Stratton Churchway face Wilton on Saturday morning in the ladies’ county benevolent triples final and in the afternoon they meet Box in the county ladies’ top ten final.
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