Heavy away defeat proves costly for St Andrews

PUBLISHED: 12:15 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 31 January 2018

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A heavy defeat on one rink away at Clevedon, proved costly for St Andrews as they lost their Wessex League match.

A crushing defeat on one away rink proved costly for St Andrews in their Wessex League game against Clevedon.

They lost by 15 shots, despite having won the home rinks by a total of 29 and the other away rink having gone down by only six.

Throughout the match, Saints were always just about in touch with their opponents overall. Craig Walker’s quartet really did the business, allowing their opponents to win only four of the 21 ends as they finished victorious by 23.

The other home rink, skipped by Mike Adams, enjoyed a see-saw match, 7-2 ahead, then 10-13 and 14-18 behind before a strong finish brought them seven shots in the last four ends for victory by six.

Barrie Forse’s quartet battled well at Clevedon, doing what the away rinks are supposed to do – restrict their opponents to as small a margin as possible. But it was all to no avail as the Clevedon team skipped by ex-England player John Hick won by 38 shots with some outstanding play.

St Andrews 75 (4), Clevedon 90 (12) – home: A Owens, S Stocker, L Stocker, C Walker 31-8; J Wilkes, P Villis, K Curtis, M Adams 25-19. Away: T Hyde, G Webber, D Bailey, M Stocker 7-45; M Campbell, A McMillan, D Johnston, B Forse 12-18.

St Andrews stayed top of the Weston Mixed League, beating Clarence by a huge margin.

The home rinks won by a total of 37, allowing their opponents to finish up on only nine out of 31 ends. But the really big score came at Clarence, where Paul Smart, Karen Cromey, Ken Curtis and Ann Campbell piled up 43 shots to win by 38 with two sixes, two fives and two fours.

Saints’ second away rink, faced by an all-male line-up, let only two ends elude them as they won by 22 shots.

St Andrews 115 (16), Clarence 18 (0) home: Jill Bishop, Barbara Mangan, A McMillan, P Villis 23-8; Judy Forse, A Cooper, Jane Smith, Rebecca McMillan 25-3. Away: P Smart, Karen Cromey, K Curtis, Ann Campbell 43-5; Hannah Frye, R Brereton, Jackie Pitman, M Stocker 24-2.

Ken Uglow, Darrell Johnston and Barrie Forse qualified for the area final of the EIBA national over-50 triples championship, beating a team from Donyatt at Thirlmere Road.

They started poorly and trailed 6-13 halfway through the game, but then hit their straps to pull away and win 28-16. They play a team from Weymouth-based Moonfleet in the area final.

A heavy cold hampered Saints’ 16-year-old Imogen Cracknell in the national finals of the EIBA ladies’ under-25 championship at City of Ely. She lost in the last-16 round to Warwickshire’s Hannah Smith.

Other national results: Over-60 Singles, area semi-final: W Anderson (Ilminster) 21, K Uglow (St Andrews) 5. National ladies’ pairs: J Pitman/A Campbell (St Andrews) lost 10-23 away to Taunton Deane.

Three new life members were elected at Saturday’s annual meeting of the Association of St Andrews Bowling Clubs – Kate Dobney, Margaret Wride and Malcolm Goddard. All three have been tireless workers for St Andrews over the years.

At the meeting, Gordon Wride stood down as treasurer after more than two decades in the job. New president is Frid Allen, while Brian Reeves is vice-president.

Officers elected - chairman Graham Burgess, vice-chairman Jim Keay, secretary Jackie Ware, membership secretary Danny Favis, greens manager George Cooper, greens under manager Gerry Tofte, safeguarding officer, Sue Sinclair.

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