07:00 Thursday 08 May 2014

City of Ely players fall short in their effort to make the Superbowl competition

Written byAARON MASON

Ed Elmore Ed Elmore

City of Ely bowlers have failed in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Superbowl tournament.

Rob Elmore made it as far as the last 16 at the qualifying competition in Lincoln for the new event, which will bring together the country’s best indoor and crown green bowlers in the autumn.

But he lost 6-7, 6-3, 2-0 to Norfolk’s Wayne Willgress, having been the only Ely player to reach the third round.

His brother, Ed Elmore, went down 6-1, 9-5 to Stanley player Gary R Smith in the second round, as did Jason Hart following a nail-biting 8-4, 0-10, 2-1 defeat to Boston bowler Ian Clark.

Colin Gathercole lost 8-3, 8-4 in the opening round against home player Billy Jackson, but he had some consolation as the England international went on to win the tournament.

The qualifiers for next season’s Co-Operative Funeralcare International Open and Co-Operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open were also held at the same venue.

And Gathercole fared better in the International Open qualifiers, reaching the quarter-finals only to lose 10-4, 8-2 to Blackpool Newton Hall’s Mark Dawes, who had dispatched Rob Elmore 6-3, 8-5 in the third round.

Gathercole had earlier beaten Craig Joseph of Whitcliff 7-2, 6-4 in the first round, before seeing off Nottingham’s Steve Benson 7-5, 9-5 in the second and Welford on Avon bowler Brian Lees 5-4, 4-8, 2-1 in the third.

In the second round, Rob Elmore had beaten Nicholas Orrey of Grantham 10-2, 7-2 while Ed Elmore lost 5-5, 8-0 to Smith, and Hart suffered an 8-2, 6-6 defeat to 
Swansea’s Gareth Rees.

The Scottish qualifiers saw Rob Elmore make the last eight only to lose 5-4, 11-4 to eventual winner Les Gillett of Leicester.

He got that far following a 9-3, 12-2 first round win over Norfolk’s Craig Brown, before beating home player Brenda Barlow 8-6, 11-1 in the second and Orrey 6-1, 8-0 in the third.

Gathercole saw off Henry Frost from Dutch club Slick 11-3, 8-0 in the opening round.

And he ended Hart’s hopes in the second 10-3, 7-7 only to suffer a 5-5, 10-0 defeat to Stanley’s David Bolt in the third.

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