Basingstoke Town’s Matt Carr defeated Alton Social’s Adam White 21-19 to reach the lawn bowling county final in the National Champion of Champions event.

He followed this up with another success as he, along with partners Trevor Morgan and Richard Burgin, qualified to represent Hampshire in the Triples in the forthcoming National Bowls Championships at Leamington Spa. 

Beating Waterside 19-16 in the County quarter final, they went on to win 20-7 against a Boscombe Cliff rink skipped by former England international Nicky Jones, who, at age 15, was the youngest ever winner of the County Singles. 

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Hampshire will also be represented at Leamington by local players from Oakley in the Ladies Fours and in both the men’s and women’s Junior Singles.

Whilst County and National competitions are at a late stage, local leagues are continuing to take up the time of most players. 

The Whitchurch Mixed Triples league has seen no significant change in the leadership of any of the four divisions though in Division 4 runaway leaders Old Basing Royalists suffered a heavy shock defeat to Oakley Kites, who were languishing near the foot of the table. 

Old Basing retain, however, a substantial lead over Thornycrofts and the title is Old Basing’s to lose. 

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In the Basingstoke and District Men’s League, Kingsclere continue to make the pace beating Alton Social to remain top of the Fours League and beating Oakley to consolidate their lead in the Triples League.

Basingstoke and District Bowling Association is celebrating its centenary this year. Last weekend, association president Tom Regan-Atkins hosted a very enjoyable match at his own club, Old Basing. Representatives of local clubs, some of which were founder members of the association, attended the match.

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