Four Dinton bowlers have been called up to represent their counties in a national competition after being crowned champions of the 2018/19 Wiltshire Short Mat Bowls League.

Bowlers Sue Hamilton and Dave Slater have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the upcoming Inter County Championship (ICC) while Elsie and Robin Gale will bowl for Dorset.

The ICC, starting on September 14, is a National League Competition featuring UK County Teams. Regionalised in the first round, each county plays the others in their group home and away. The winners and runners-up in each group progress to the next round, again a League format, which plays through to determine the ICC Champions.

Dave Slater said: “We were very pleased to win the Wilts League last year and Sue and I are delighted to be selected for the County Team. I made my Wiltshire debut in 2017 and have been a regular ever since, the standard at County level is very high and I enjoy the challenge of playing against the top players in the country.”

Wiltshire were drawn against Avon, Gloucester and Oxford and Dorset go up against Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

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Dinton and District Short Mat Bowls Club resume their weekly Club Evenings on September 4, with WSMBA League fixtures to start in October.

Formed in 2002, Dinton and District Short Mat Bowls Club meet at Dinton Village Hall every Wednesday evening (7 to 10pm) from September until the end of April.

The club is always looking for new members. Short Mat Bowls is a simple game, equally appealing to men and women. Coaching and equipment provided.

“All ages and abilities are welcome – whether you’re competitive, or looking for a sociable, fun sport, come along on a Wednesday evening and meet us!” Dave said.

Picture shows Dinton Short Mat Bowls Club, winners of the Wiltshire Short Mat Bowling Association Winter League 2018-19.

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