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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Copeland IBC storms into last four in national Denny Plate

Copeland Indoor Bowls Club tends to exist in the shadow of its higher profile neighbour in Carlisle but currently it is the Cleator Moor club which is making the headlines.

The Denny Plate side made the long trip to Bromsgrove on Saturday and scored an emphatic 23-shot win which takes it into the last four in England.

True, the Denny Plate is not quite the Denny Cup but for the small west Cumbria club it is still a major achievement to reach this stage and, hopefully, having reached this point they will go right to the end.

On Saturday, Newquay provided the opposition and as in the previous game the Copeland side was soon in command after a slow start, achieving a thirty shot advantage at one point before cruising to victory.

Last week’s big winners Brian Bates, Vic Emmerson, David Forster Snr and David Blackmore were once again in rampant form, leading 10-0 after just seven ends and storming to a 25-13 victory.

Barry O’Hare, Liam Connor, Carl Neen and Jack Walker found it hard going for much of their game but rallied well in the closing stages and went down by just two shots.

Colin Martin, Malcolm Little, Steven Walker and Ben Sherwen scored a good 18-13 win and the four of James Park, Trevor Campbell, David Gregory and David Forster Jnr recovered from a slow start to win 24-16.

Copeland’s opponents in the semi-final will be Northampton club Kingsthorpe and this game and hopefully the final are to be played at Falcon IBC, Chelmsford in Essex, which, incidentally, was the first full eight-rink indoor club I visited 46 years ago.

If the Kingsthorpe side is at full-strength, this will be a major test for Copeland but in this sort of form the West Cumbrians will take stopping.

Yetton Trophy

York IBC Ladies have over the years proved something of a thorn in the side of Carlisle Ladies and so it proved once more last week when the Tykes inflicted a 14 shot defeat on the Cumbrians.

There was never really a lot in the game but York held a double figure lead almost all the way and Cumbria never really looked to have any real chance of winning though Karen Edmondson’s five on the penultimate end did raise hopes though only briefly.

Edmondson fought well throughout and ended all square while Eleanor Gass led after the fist end but did not get back into the lead until the last end to win by a single.

Sheena Kirkpatrick lost a two on the last end to lose by that amount and the only real disappointment was Cindy Edmondson’s four which following the loss of a six on the 19th end went down by 13.

Egham Trophy

Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club has an important date this Sunday when travelling to Doncaster for the semi final of the inter club mixed knockout against Desborough IBC.

There is only one change to the side which accounted for Barwell in the quarter- final as John Bell returns in place of Trevor Taylor.

The Desborough side has had some really big wins to reach this stage of the competition though they had to pull out all the stops in the quarter-final to beat the talented City of Ely side by just seven shots.

This is almost certainly Cumbria’s toughest task to date but surely not beyond them and with no lack of supporters travelling with the side I am hopeful that it can be another good day.

National competitions

Last weekend proved to be a poor one for Carlisle players as the national fours champions and the former national pairs champions both tasted defeat.

At Blackpool Paul Barlow, Martyn Rice, Trevor Taylor and Stuart Airey were well fancied to retain the national title they won last year, for a few more weeks at least, and when they led 16-5 it looked to be all over.

However, the Lancashire four struck back in determined fashion and the game ended at 17-17 before the home four snatched a victory on the 22nd end.

Barlow and Stephen Farish then played host to Jonathon Goodall and Noel Burrows at Carlisle next day but were soon in trouble after holding an early 5-2 lead.

The visitors went on a scoring spree, racking up 18 shots to just two and, despite a late rally, it was too little too late Burrows winning 22-13.

Much better news however at Cleator where in the other fours semi-final the home side were victorious.

David Forster Jnr and Senior along with Jack Walker and Ben Sherwen led by just a single shot at 12 ends but in the second half of the game went on the rampage when adding 14 shots to five to score an excellent 24-14 win and a place in the final.

Mason Trophy

Cumbria IBC Ladies beat Spalding IBC in the quarter final by one shot yesterday afternoon.

The game was played at York and takes Cumbria into the last four at Northampton where they will meet City of Ely.

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