Grassroots: Woodlands fire themselves into National Super Cup quarter-final

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Woodlands Bowls Club have qualified for the quarter-finals of the National Super Cup following a superb performance in the last 16.

Taking on Birches Head Hotel Stoke, Woodlands won the tie by 16 points after playing eight games of 31-up - four games at home and four away.

The first match saw Barry Connolly take on Barry Booth. Connolly didn’t disappoint for Woodlands, as he continued his fine form and had the jack battered and bruised throughout the game to win 31-13.

Next up saw Brian Barrass come back from 20-15 down to find the lead, finishing with a 16-break on a very difficult mark for a winning score of 31-20.

Andy Jones and Malcolm Fox continued the brilliant run as two great performances saw the home bowlers take match three and four respectively with 31-14 and 31-25 scores.

Overall, Woodlands won by 52 points at home.

Taking their winning performance to Stoke, Woodlands were in confident mood.

Rising star Adam Jones started well before his opponent, Richard Clay, came back to win 31-15.

Stoke’s Ant Shaw finished the victor in a nip and tuck match between Woodlands’ Tom Boyd jnr, 31-29, in match two but it was still good news for Woodlands who were 11 up after two jacks - home and away - which spurred Martin Wilson on during the third match of the day.

Despite playing well against multiple competition winner in Kerry Morris, Wilson was on the receiving end of a 31-18 defeat but did enough to keep Woodlands in front.

Chris Brown finished off proceedings with 26 points to his opponents’ 31 but an overall score of 124-88 gave Woodlands the overall aggregate by 16 to see then qualify for the last eight in the country.

The finals will take place on October 12 at Ye Olde Knowle in Solihull.

Woodlands are also looking for shirt sponsors for the finals day. If you can help, contact Brian Barrass on bri.barrass@gmail.com.

Photo: Brian Barrass.