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SKITTLES: Skimmers miss out on Blackthorn record
6:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
THERE was disappointment for Dorchester side Skimmers, who missed out on the British Blackthorn title at the weekend and had to be content with the runner-up trophy.
The team from the Bull’s Head, hit the ground running in their assault on the crown, seeing off tough opposition including a quarter-final clash with Weston St John, who were champions in 2009.
But when it came to the final they were overwhelmed by reigning champions, the Highwaymen, who had somehow saved their best for last.
The Worcester side led from the start, beating the Skimmers by a convincing 421 points to 382.
The county town side won the very first Blackthorn championships in 2004 and successfully defended their title the following year.
They regained their form in 2010 to reach the semi-finals.
Had they won this year’s title, they would have created Blackthorn history as the first men’s team to win the title three times.
Team secretary Sean Baker said: “There’s always next year. We were overwhelmed but we’ll be back.”
Other Dorset teams did well in the Plate competitions.
The Motley Crew from Weymouth picked up the mixed Plate trophy, beating Two Taps from Bibury in Gloucester by 15 pins.
And the Motley Crew ladies’ team were runners-up in the Plate, beaten by the Grasshoppers from Gloucester. In the singles and pairs’ competition, the Motley Crew’s Adam Joliffe, together with Neil Carey, won the men’s pairs competition, Lyn Hill from the Motley crew was runner-up in the ladies’ singles competition while Nik Baker, also from Motley Crew, was a finalist. More than 150 teams entered the Blackthorn Championships this year and after a series of matches and play-offs, 64 teams took their places in the finals in Torquay at the weekend.
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