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BOWLS: Shadwell beaten in singles last 16
ENGLAND international Graham Shadwell had to give second best to Westlecot’s Mel Biggs again in the last 16 of the men’s county national singles championship at Devizes on Monday.
It was on the same green in last year’s singles final that Spencer Moulton’s Shadwell saw Biggs come powering back from 20-6 down to snatch a dramatic 21-20 win.
This time around, Biggs took the honours 21-7 to set-up a quarter-final meeting with Amesbury’s Mike Tyler who beat Middleton Cup team manager Dave Snell (Wootton Bassett) 21-15.
In the other two matches, there were comfortable victories for Nick Grenfell (Box) and Ian Jefferies (Westlecot).
The other four last 16 matches were at Wootton Bassett where Chippenhan Town’s Bill McCay overcame Miles Roberts to book a quarter-final place. But teammate Jeremy Haselton was well beaten by Paul Kistle (Westlecot).
Middleton Cup player Nick Revell had to battle back from 19-15 down for a 21-19 victory over Pete Stinchcombe (Malmesbury).
Chippenham Town will stage the men’s singles quarter-finals on Monday, July 9 (6.30pm).
LAST 16 RESULTS: Paul Kistle (Westlecot) beat Jeremy Haselton (Chippenham Town) 21-9; Bill McCay (Chip T) beat Miles Roberts (W’lecot) 21-16; Pete Stinchcombe (Malmesbury) lost to Nick Revell (Alderbury) 19-21; Alan Gough (Stratton Churchway) v Ben Gadd (Holt) to be played Sunday evening at Wootton Bassett; Nick Grenfell (Box) beat J Brewer (Salisbury Victoria) 21-11; Bob Fredericks (Salisbury) lost to Ian Jefferies (W’lecot) 14-21; Dave Snell (W Bassett) lost to Mike Tyler (Amesbury) 15-21; Graham Shadwell (Spencer Moulton) lost to Mel Biggs (holder, W’lecot) 7-21.
QUARTER-FINAL DRAW: Kistle v McCay; Revell v Gough or Gadd; Grenfell v Jefferies; Tyler v Biggs. To be played at Chippenham Town, Monday July 9 (6.30pm).
THE MEN’S national county pairs championship has reached the last 16 stage and will be played on Friday evening.
Four matches will be held at Devizes with the other four decided at Swindon Bowls Club.
The tie of the round would appear to be at Swindon where holders Mike Jackson and Mel Biggs, who beat Chippenham Town’s Jeremy Haselton and Steve Heseltine 18-10 in last year’s final, face the Holt duo of Justin Davis and Ben Gadd.
LAST 16 DRAW
At Swindon: Gary Fippen & Ian White (S Moulton) v Barry Sictorness & Mike Snell (WB); Barry Folland & Brian Pike (Salisbury) v Richard Buckland & Harold Jones (WB); Mike Braddon & Nick Grenfell (Box) v Dennis Shipp & John Ellis (Amesbury); Mike Jackson & Mel Biggs (holders, W’lecot) v Justin Davis & Ben Gadd (Holt).
At Devizes: John Crowder & Frank Gatfield (Avon) v Mike Savin & John Lucas (Chip T); Andy & Richard Moore (Alderbury) v Nigel Burgoyne & Dave Williams (Chip Park); Pete Watts & David Johns (Calne) v Tom Walkley & Dave Snell (WB); Dave Godwin & Paul Macdonald (Chip T) v Derek Barton & Dave Edmonds (WB).
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