6:10am Saturday 7th July 2012
GRAHAM Hatherall and his 17-year-old son Craig continued their fine run in the new family pairs national bowls competition that was introduced this season.
The Westlecot father and son partnership made it five wins out of five with a victory in the Area 4 final to book a place in the quarter-finals at the National Championship Finals being staged at Royal Leamington Spa on August 1.
They secured their place in the last eight at Leamington with a 22-13 area final success over Wiltshire’s England international Graham Shadwell and son Jamie, 10, who play out of the Spencer Moulton club in Bradford-on-Avon.
The area final was played on a very wet green at Westlecot, but was an absorbing contest.
The younger Hatherall will be looking for more success when he plays for the Wiltshire junior side against Cornwall tomorrow in the South West Counties Under 25 League.
Meanwhile, reigning champion Mel Biggs once again came out on top against England international Shadwell in the men’s Wiltshire county national singles championship.
This latest success, a 21-7 victory at Devizes on Monday night, was in the last 16 of this year’s competition and follows a victory on the same green in last year’s event.
Biggs recovered from 20-6 down to win 21-20 last year, but this time around there was no such drama as he easily took the honours 21-7 to set-up a quarter-final meeting with Amesbury’s Mike Tyler who beat Dave Snell (Wootton Bassett) 21-15.
In the other two matches played at Devizes there were comfortable victories for Ian Jefferies (Westlecot) and Nick Grenfell (Box).
The other four last 16 matches were staged at Wootton Bassett.
Chippenhan Town’s Bill McCay overcame a stubborn Miles Roberts (Westlecot) 21-16, However, his team mate Jeremy Haselton was well beaten by Paul Kistle (Westlecot).
Middleton Cup player Nick Revell struggled with long jacks and had to battle back from 19-15 down for a 21-19 victory over Pete Stinchcombe (Malmesbury).
The fourth scheduled game did not take place as it was delayed owing to bad weather and waterlogged greens in earlier rounds.
Chippenham Town will stage the men’s singles quarters on Monday.
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