Strong win sees Antony in quarters

By Jake Chown  
Thursday 25th January 2018 3:36 pm
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South Hams bowls star Antony Hammett is through to the area quarter-final of the Men’s National 2-Wood Singles after beating Paul Martin of Plymouth Life Centre 21-8.

Hammett’s reward is a match with John Kelly from Plymouth. The winner will meet either Cornwall’s Alan Hawke or his Liberty Trophy teammate Norman Coad.

But there was disappointment for Antony and his brother Matt after the South Hams Charles Parrott Cup side were beaten by Plymouth 36-32.

Both games were close and indeed finished with identical scores. The competition is for unbadged players, with South Hams the runners-up in 2016.

At home, Frank Senft, Dan O’Carroll, Denis Hurrell and Matt Hammett lost 18-16, while away, R Good, Bill McKimm, Eric Williams and Antony Hammett suffered the same scoreline.

In the semi-final, Plymouth should meet Isca, who are fancied to beat Budleigh Salterton.

In the national qualifying rounds of the Family Pairs, father and son Bill McKimm (South Hams) and Ryan Whitlock (Torquay Utd) beat Torbay’s Ian Foster and his son Gareth 18-17. Their next opponents will be David Evans and his son, also David.

Harry Goodwin enjoyed a rare win over Devon selecter Kevin Phillips (Exonia) when they went head-to-head in the Wessex League at Exeter.

Goodwin, skipping a rink of Robbie Murch, Geoff Bellamy and Kieran Kniveton, scored a three on the final end to win 21-14. Torquay won overall 98-69.

Dartmouth’s Jean Townsend was in the Torbay ladies’ team that was beaten by Plymouth in the County Foxlands Trophy. But her rink of Pat Phillips, Sarah Vinnicombe and Bebs Harvey earned a creditable 19-19 draw with Devon Atherley Trophy skip Hilary Avent.

Twenty four hours later in the County Top Club, the Dartmouth lady linked up with Sarah Vinnicombe and Mo Thomas to win the triples, although Torbay lost overall.

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