Indoor bowls wiped out by the weather

PUBLISHED: 14:53 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 07 March 2018

A typical short mat bowls mat all set for play

A typical short mat bowls mat all set for play


St Andrews were forced to postpone their fixtures at the weekend due to the treacherous conditions.

Even indoor bowls was hit by the infamous Beast from the East, with St Andrews being forced to postpone both their scheduled fixtures last weekend.

Conditions were warm and dry on the indoor rinks, but the games against Woodspring (Weston Mixed League) and Isle of Wedmore (County League) were wiped out by treacherous road conditions and the difficulty some players faced in even getting out of their own drives. Both matches will be rearranged.

Other victims of the weather were the national indoor triples regional final at Street with Saints’ Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker, as well as the county fours semi-final at St Andrews featuring those three and Andrew Owens.

Both matches were against teams from Clarrie Dunbar, who, understandably, wouldn’t have relished the prospect of crossing the Mendips from Standerwick in a blizzard.

This Saturday morning (10am), Saints’ Ken Uglow, Darrell Johnston and Barrie Forse attempt to reach the national finals of the EIBA over-50 triples championship. They play a trio from Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, in the regional final at the Cotswold club, Stroud.

That match deprives St Andrews of their services for Saturday’s Somerset County League game against Clarrie Dunbar, first part of a weekend double-header which sees Saints play Yeovil in the same competition on Sunday.

Next Tuesday, Saints’ promising 17-year-old Sam Stocker will be bidding to reach the final of the Somerset county under-25 singles championship when he plays Reece White at White’s home club, Bristol.

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