BOWLS Devon win Middleton Cup

England Bowls logoDevon have won the England Bowls men's county Middleton Cup, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, for the first time since 2011.

Devon beat Cumbria 125-113 in the Middleton Cup final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa after beating Kent in the first of the morning's semi-finals.


Devon bt Kent 129-114
Rink scores (Devon skips first) Rob Paxton bt J Vane 24-18; James Webber lost to P Briscoe 15-28; Sam Tolchard lost to S McCaughan 21-24; Ian Lesley bt D Hanmore 24-17; Louis Ridout bt K Weyand 25-10; Griff Sanders lost to P Martin 17-19

Cumbria bt Cambridgeshire 117-111
Rink scores (Cumbria skips first) B Sherwen lost to A Walton 16-25; G Taylor lost to S Jacobs 10-25; S Airey lost to R Catton 17-22; S Farish bt W Bailey 25-16; S Irwin bt I Mailler 21-15; I Gallagher bt R Drew 28-9


Devon bt Cumbria 125-113
Rink scores (Devon skips first) I Lesley bt I Gallagher 24-23; R Paxton lost to B Sherwen 17-26; L Ridout bt S Irwin 18-12; G Sanders bt S Farish 30-15; J Webber bt S Airey 19-14; S Tolchard lost to G Taylor 17-23

• Surrey retained the women's Johns Trophy by beating Leicestershire 135-103 following a 151-95 morning semi-final success over Somerset.

Rink scores (Surrey skips first): P Bourne bt J Walmsley 37-8; M Smith bt E Amery 19-16; D Souter bt K Hembrow 24-20; P Garden lost to S Branfield 21-25; S Maylin bt M Gozna 31-7; C Stevens drew with J Young 19-19

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