DAVE Snell goes hunting more silverware this weekend at the English National Championships at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Towards the end of last week the Royal Wootton Bassett stalwart and life member skipped a foursome from the club that included Kevin Embling, Graham Richards, Alan Small and himself to glory in the men’s senior fours (Over 55s) competition.

They beat Heaton Hall, Manchester comprehensively 25-11 in the semi-finals and in the final defeated Leicestershire side New Lount 24-13.

In the process Snell set a new Bowls England men’s record, becoming the first male bowls player to complete the treble of senior singles, senior pairs and senior fours titles, having won the singles in 2014, the pairs in 2013 and 2015 together with and the fours this season last Thursday.

This weekend Snell, Wiltshire’s former men’s Middleton Cup player-manager, goes seeking more glory, teaming up with Mel Biggs in the senior pairs, having won the Wiltshire section to claim a spot in the last 32.

En route to Leamington they beat Eric Collier (Purton) and partner 22-19 in the preliminary round and in round one Bob Chalmers (Chippenham T) and partner 17-12.

Round two saw them demolish another Chippenham Town pairing 25-1 led by Bob Clews while in the county semi-final they accounted for Keith Williamson and partner from Westlecot 23-12.

They booked their place at Leamington with a comfortable 26-7 success over a Devizes duo led by John Scoffield in the Wiltshire final.

Lead Snell and skip Biggs were due to begin their bid for a third senior pairs title yesterday afternoon with a last 32 tie against Jim Wilson and Tim Mould from the Connaught club, Chingford, Essex.

If successful they would face Tilehurst’s Aubrey Merry and Mark Hancock or Church Gresley, South Derbyshire’s Mark O’Connoll and John Arnott today in the last 16.

The senior pairs semi-finals and final are due to be played on Sunday.

County players have found life tough at Royal Leamington Spa so far.

After the Bassett win in the senior fours and the semi-final loss by Phil Gregory and Craig Hatherall to the strong Devon partnership of Zach Kidd (Plymouth) and Harry Goodwin (Kings, Torquay) 21-7 in the men’s junior (U25) pairs a disappointing set of results have been recorded.

Linda Young (Highworth) and Bassett’s Lucy Smith made early exits in the ladies four wood singles.

Last year at Leamington in week two Wiltshire were celebrating as Chris Mitchell, Julie Jones and Alison Fail from Purton won the ladies triples and went onto win the British Isles Women’s Triples title in Belfast but this season there was no joy for the two Wiltshire representatives.

The end of this week sees the ladies pairs being contested in which Highworth’s Joanna Hicks and Linda Young have made a fine start.

In round one they beat Kent’s Pat Barkass and Ann Harrison (Folkstone Park) 19-16 and followed it up with a 29-9 success over Huntingdon’s Jan Elliott and Karen Leader (Sawtry).

They are through to the last 16 and face Lincolnshire’s Caroline Callum and England international Amy Gowshall (Cleethorpes).

Today sees the men’s championship events begin in earnest with the junior singles (U25) being staged.

Representing Wiltshire will be Craig Morphet (Royal Wootton Bassett) and Avon’s Tom Newman.

The fours commence tomorrow (Sunday). Representing Wiltshire are two combinations from Royal Wootton Bassett.

They are Kyle Anderson, Mike Snell, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell (skip) plus the foursome of James Nobbs, Antony Spruels, Craig and Gary Morphet (skip).

Today and tomorrow also sees the Smith sisters Lucy and Katy Smith representing Wiltshire in the ladies junior pairs (u25s). They were due to face Suffolk today at 1pm in round one, Beth Topping and Georgie Marwood (Thurlton, Norwich).

Next week sees the men’s champion of champions event with Russell Francis (Spencer Moulton) representing Wiltshire in the last 16 and the start of the men’s triples with Salisbury and Bassett’s father and son duo Craig and Graham Hatherall plus Neil Collett taking part.