A NEW name could appear on the Wiltshire men’s singles trophy this year.

Only one of the four players who came through the quarter-finals safely at Royal Wootton Bassett on Monday night has lifted the trophy before.

That is Spencer Moulton’s Graham Shadwell, who won the crown in 1991 as a teenager when defeating Mel Biggs 21-19.

However, the England international has only appeared in one singles final since and that was back in 2011 when the now 42-year-old lost 21-20 to six-times winner Biggs.

In Monday’s quarter-finals, Shadwell was always in command from the outset and beat Holt’s Justin Davis 21-12.

Now Shadwell has to combat Ben Gadd (Holt), Tom Pittuck (Town Gardens) and Mike Titcombe (Westlecot), who are all seeking their first Wiltshire men’s singles crown.

Gadd booked his spot in the semis after leading Graham Hatherall 18-8 at 16 ends but then was pulled back to 18-18 three ends later. However, the Holt man held his nerve with a single and a two to clinch a 21-18 win on the 20th end.

Pittuck had to work hard for his last-four place as he lead Russell Francis 12-8 at 15 ends but only to be pulled back to 14-14 at 20 and 18-15 down after 24 ends. Pittuck won the next three ends, though, to win 21-18.

In sharp contrast, Westlecot’s Mike Titcombe had an easy time of it as he blitzed Danny Russell 21-3.

The singles semi-finals will be played at Devizes on Sunday along with the pairs semis but those line-ups were only due to be finalised at last night’s quarter-finals at Chippenham Town (6.30pm).

WILTSHIRE’S men’s and women’s teams were both beaten in their final inter county championship games last weekend and missed out on a place in the quarter-finals.

The men lost by 15 shots as they blew their chance of a Middleton Cup quarter-final spot, going down 120-105 to Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

They won on three of the six rinks but lost on the other three, one by 17 shots which proved decisive in the final analysis.

The ladies were beaten 122-102 away by Somerset in Clevedon in their final west group match to miss out on the quarter-finals of the Johns Trophy.

Wiltshire only took the honours on two rinks but lost on the other four. They only trailed 25-22 overall after five ends but were 59-40 down at 10 and 110-86 adrift at 18 ends before finally losing 122-102.