Malvern Hills indoor players Mark Atkins and Eira Drake have qualified for the English Indoor National Mixed Pairs Championships to be held at Hartlepool on February 22nd. In the area final, played at Mid- Gloucs, Cheltenham, Atkins and Drake played Teresa King and Duncan McGovern from the Clarrie Dunbar Club, Frome Somerset. The Malvern pair won 7 of the first 8 ends to build a healthy 13 shots to 3 lead, going 19-6 up after 13 ends to win through 22-11.
Atkins and Drake were looking to do the double, playing with Allan Griffiths and Linda Dunmore in the Mixed Fours event, at Westlecot, Swindon, against former Commonwealth Games player Graham Shadwell, and his rink from Clarrie Dunbar. Malvern were 6-4 up after 6 ends but then Clarrie Dunbar took control to take the next 6 ends with the game finishing 19-10 in the favour of Clarrie Dunbar.
Current England International Shaun Jones of Malvern Hills IBC qualified for The National “Champion of Champions” held at Warners, Hayling Island, Hants, but went out in his first game, 21-9 to Chris Rodgers of Leicester, in the last 16 stage.
Players are still involved in various other National competitions so keep watching these pages for further updates and good luck to all!