WILTSHIRE men lost their Balcombe Trophy West Regional final against Devon 42-38.

After winning their regional last four match against Dorset 42-40, Wiltshire were hoping to book their place in the national semis in Royal Leamington Spa in August but found the Devon match a step too far.

Against Dorset, Graham Shadwell’s rink won 20-16 while Mel Biggs’ foursome lost narrowly 22-24, while in the final against Devon Shadwell’s 18-17 success was not enough to cancel out a 25-20 loss for Biggs.

RESULTS Rink 1: Wayne Simmonds (Holt), Dave Godwin, Gary Morphet & Mel Biggs (all Royal Wootton Bassett) lost to Paul Pomeroy 22-24.

Rink 2: Gary Jackson (Westlecot), Russell Francis (Spencer Moulton), Ben Gadd (Holt) & Graham Shadwell (SM) beat Jamie Lockwood 20-16.

Score: Wiltshire beat Dorset 42-40.


Rink 3: Mel Biggs lost to Sam Tolchard 20-25.

Rink 4: Graham Shadwell beat Jamie Chestney 18-17.

Score: Wiltshire lost to Devon 42-38.

THE COUNTY U25 men’s team made a great start to their South West Counties League campaign with a comprehensive 89-38 win over Devon.

However, that 51-shot success had to be reduced by 25 per cent to 80.75 as they fielded a triple and not a four owing to a late withdrawal.

Wiltshire were in charge throughout leading initially 20-5 at five ends, 36-19 at ten, before pulling away to 61-26 at 15 and finally winning 89-38.

Wiltshire’s next fixture is against Somerset at Clevedon on July 15.


Rink 2: David Murray (Highworth), Jamie Shadwell (Spencer Moulton) & Chris Poole (Holt) beat S Apsey 33-12 (amended score 24.75-12).

Rink 3: Nathan Richards (Westlecot), John Hermon (Garrards), James Vincent (Alderbury) & Mike Titcombe (West) beat C Thompson 29-12.

Rink 4: Jordan Moody (Salisbury), Isaac Jacobs (Trowbridge W’bourne), James Richman (West) & Craig Morphet (Royal Wootton Bassett) beat J Tinham 27-14.

Score: Wiltshire beat Devon 89-38 (amended to 80.75-38).

THE national championships in singles and pairs are beginning to come to the boil.

The last 16 in the singles will be played on Monday July 3 at various venues around the county with the quarter-finals scheduled for Royal Wootton Bassett on Monday July 10 (at 6.30pm).

COUNTY men lost this week’s friendly match at Salisbury against Isle of Wight convincing by 52 shots.

Today they travel to Hampshire at Old Basing BC.

RESULTS (skips only) Rink 1: Alan Small drew with D Mulhern 19-19.

Rink 2: Roy Fredericks lost to R Payne 18-22.

Rink 3: Martin Salter lost to B Rodwell 13-26.

Rink 4: Clive Swift lost to C Elms 12-25.

Rink 5: Dave Richards lost to D Venier 10-27.

Rink 6: Martin Whittaker lost to T King 18-23.

Score: Wiltshire lost to Isle of Wight 90-142.