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Cornwall (more-or-less) on top in three-way event

The annual three-way competition between Cornwall, Devon and Great Western regions ended with a narrow win for the Cornwall squad. The final scores were 15 wins to Kernow, 14 to Devon and 11 for Great Western.

The outcome wasn't quite that simple, however, in that Cornwall and Great Western both fielded seven teams, Devon only six. Low temperatures and a biting easterly wind made the start-of season event something of an ordeal for the players and the competition was limited to four rounds rather than the planned five.

The result turned on the last game of the day, between the Cornwall 5 team - Andrew and Sarah Jarvis and Pete English - and Devon 5: Ged and Ann Barton and Peter Smith. The Cornwall team had a bad start but came back from 9-1 down to win 13-12!

Three Cornwall teams won three out of the four games, with Cornwall 2 - Robert Herrick, Dave Piggin and Graeme Kirkham - narrowly losing their final game against Devon 1 (Franck Depreaux, Thierry Hacq and Rob Brealey); they had been leading through the game but a loss of focus in the last couple of ends cost them the result. Cornwall 5 also won three games, as did Cornwall 7 (Lena Daddow, Barbara Brown and Pete Lynas).

The other Kernow teams were: Cornwall 1 (Hugh Appleton, Roy Pemberton and Simon Penna), 2 wins; Cornwall 3 (Colin 'Boot' Booth, Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp), 1 win; Cornwall 4 (Rosemary Piggin, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson), 1 win; Cornwall 6 (Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon and Kate Herrick), 2 wins.

Thanks to John Thatcher and his team for organising the event and to Cary Bush for umpiring - no fun on cold day!



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