ATHERLEY have lost out in the attempt to land Kent skip Martyn Sekjer.

Although the 43-year-old former international is currently working in Southampton and is a social member at Atherley he has opted to play for East Dorset next winter.

"I have returned signed forms to Dean Morgan of East Dorset," announced Sekjer, who intends to move his family from Gillingham to the New Forest area when he has fully settled into his new job with roofing contractors Briggs Amasco later this year.

Sekjer, who lost on his rink in last weekend's Liberty Trophy defeat of Hampshire, is continuing his indoor commitments to Kent club Cyphers this winter, but has not made up his mind regarding his outdoor future in 2001.

East Dorset may have got the better of the Sekjer issue, but in the national championships it was 2-0 to the Atherley by convincing margins against the Christchurch club.

Keith Cole, Mick Spreadbury and skip Peter Ward annihilated Mike Squires,

Chris McMillan and Chris Martin triumped 23-4 in an area triples quarter-final that lasted only 13 ends before the East Dorset trio threw in the towel on their home carpet.

Meanwhile the pairs saw John Barter and Peter Line crush Ron Sparks and Terry Chivers 27-8 to set up a semi-final date with another East Dorset duo in Julian Haines and Kevin Cousins who beat Mike Crook and M Tyler (Five Rivers) 22-13.

Roy Alford and Ron Akhurst of Banister Park booked their place in the over-60s pairs area final at Dolphin on Monday, with a 24-21 victory over Bernie Vallis (East Dorset). Their final opponents are also from East Dorset, John Plomer and Ken James having polished off Bill Gourlay (Five Rivers) 27-20.

This weekend sees Eddie Bates make club history when he becomes the first Riverside bowler to play in the national stages of an English indoor championship.

He flies the flag for the Winchester club in the last 16 of the over-60s singles at Nottingham where his first opponent is Eddie Furze (Clevedon, Bristol) tomorrow morning.