BOWLS: Roger has last laugh in family battle

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ROGER Wiggins defeated his father, Dave, in the regional final of the English Short Mat Bowling Association National Singles Competition at Wallingford.

In top form throughout, Roger recorded 13-2 and 14-6 victories to reach the last four, before a 9-3 success over Santo Orlando booked his place in the final.

He then defeated Dave, who got through with a 10-6 semi-final triumph over Les Woodward, to secure the No 1 berth in the county.

Woodward defeated Orlando 11-6 in the third place play-off, with the top four now waiting to see how many places are allocated to Oxfordshire bowlers in the national stage of the competition.

RESULTS ESMBA NATIONAL SINGLES COMPETITION Semi-finals: D Wiggins bt L Woodward 10-6, R Wiggins bt S Orlando 9-3. Final: R Wiggins bt D Wiggins 12-6. Third place play-off: Woodward bt Orlando 11-6.

OSMBA West Oxfordshire Division Burford 34 (6pts), Hanborough 28 (2) – 1st leg: Burford (K Brown, D Wood, P Wood, D Dowley) 11, Hanborough (A Spearman, P Warner, D Lynch, C Haley) 18. 2nd leg: Burford (R Davis, J Wood, P Walker, P Dowley) 23, Hanborough (H Taylor, J Gore, G Haynes, P Brown) 10.

Afternoon League Astons 30 (6pts), Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor 15 (2) – 1st leg: Astons (D Butterfield, E Knight, C Robbins) 7, KBS (H Rose, J Ash, F Monk) 9. 2nd leg: Astons (P Keevil, B Butterfield, R Knight) 23, KBS (P Munn, N Craddock, P Pearce) 6.

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