St Andrews Ladies enjoy excellent Yetton Trophy victory

PUBLISHED: 12:36 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:36 13 December 2017

St Andrew Bowls Club cheque.

St Andrew Bowls Club cheque.


St Andrews Ladies enjoyed an excellent victory over Taunton Deane in the national Yetton Trophy.

An outstanding team performance by all four rinks earned St Andrews Ladies a famous victory over their Taunton Deane counterparts in the national Yetton Trophy.

Deane have been their nemesis in recent years, but having taken a narrow lead in the early stages of the home and away match, Saints rarely faltered on their way to reaching the national last 16.

At home, Meg Favis’s rink raced into an 8-1 lead after five ends against current England player Kirsty Hembrow. The latter fought back well, was only three behind after 15 ends and edged one in front. But Favis’s quartet, with lead Cynthia Riley and No 2 Hannah Frye in top form, held their nerve to win by three.

The other home rink, skipped by Ann Campbell, led by six after 10 ends, had that reduced to a couple, but showed their class to pull away and win by six.

Often, these matches are won or lost by the performances of the away rinks and they proved the trump cards, with their youthful skips Imogen Cracknell (16) and Becky McMillan (24) again outstanding.

Cracknell’s team led from the start, had a slight hiccup when they dropped a six on the 16th end, cutting their lead to six, but were unfazed as they finished eight shots clear.

At about the same time as Cracknell dropped that six, McMillan’s rink shipped five shots in two ends, enabling their opponents to draw level. This reduced Saints’ overall lead to 14, but although McMillan lost by four in the end, their contribution to the victory was just as crucial as that of the three winning rinks.

In the last 16 round on January 6, Saints will play Torquay United.

St Andrews Ladies 85, Taunton Deane 72 – home: M Millard, M McMillan, J Pitman, A Campbell 23-17; C Riley, H Frye, J Smith, M Favis 24-21. Away: J Forse, M Pattenden, B Huggett, R McMillan 17-21; C Venn, C Hopes, S Sinclair, I Cracknell 21-13.

In the national individual competitions, Barrie Forse, Saints’ county indoor singles champion, played six matches last week and won five of them.

The most notable national result of the week was probably in the mixed fours. The home quartet of Imogen Cracknell, Sue Sinclair, Lee Stocker and Mike Stocker beat Kirsty Hembrow’s Taunton team 22-12.

In the next round, they play their clubmates Carolina Venn, Becky McMillan, Darrell Johnston and Barrie Forse for a place in the area final.

Other national results involving St Andrews players - men’s singles: Barrie Forse 21, Jack Groves (Watchet) 15. Men’s pairs: Lee Stocker/Craig Walker 15, Street 22.

Men’s Over-60s singles: Forse 21, Kevin Burt (Taunton Deane) 6. Men’s Over-60 pairs: Forse/Ken Uglow 17, Ilminster 6. Men’s Over-60s fours: Uglow, Phil Villis, Mike Stocker, Forse 15, Street 16 (after extra end). Men’s Over-50 triples: Villis, Johnston, Forse 18, Street 17.

Mixed pairs: Forse/Rebecca McMillan 17, Taunton Deane 12. Ladies’ singles: Imogen Cracknell 9, P Morgan (Minehead) 21.

On Sunday, St Andrews held their annual children’s Christmas party. Hosted in typical style by Brian Cracknell, it was a resounding success.

The annual captains’ charity at St Andrews Bowling Club raised £522 for Cancer Research UK. Club president Don Bailey presented the cheque to Pat Watkins, vice-chairman of the Weston branch, and Charmaine Johnson, their treasurer. The Weston branch has raised £25,000 this year for the charity.

Wedmore men have been disappointed twice recently.

In the Denny Plate against Westlecot in Wiltshire, the score was 0-4 on rinks and 54 shots to 95 overall. At home, Colin Moss’ men were in front until the end when their opponents drew level and won the decider, result 17-19.

Ray Newell and co struggled and had a dry patch at the end losing 13-25. Away, Ron Barron’s boys were slow to start and could not catch up, losing 13-26. Eddie Payne’s people won 10 ends, but the winning margins were greater on the ends they lost, score 11-25.

In the County League match against Clarrie Dunbar, the defeat was 1-3 on rinks and 61-96 shots overall.

At home, Eddie Payne’s rink had the victory, taking the lead for the second time on end 10 and pulling away to win 24-13.

Ron Barron’s crew started with a six, but the lead evaporated by end six and it was downhill all the way to 12-34.

Away Keith Pettit’s lot had a six-point lead at end 18, but gave away a six on the last end for a frustrating 18-19 defeat. Colin Moss’ side couldn’t make much impact on the other side and lost 7-30.

The mixed friendly squad has been doing well with two victories at home. Against Minehead it was one rink all, but Wedmore won by 34-31 shots overall thanks to an impressive 22-7 victory by Brian Aston’s rink, which more than made up for a 12-24 loss by Maureen Hordle’s side.

Wedmore beat North Petherton on both rinks, never having been behind, with Maureen Hordle this time a winner by 23-9 shots, while Richard McHale’s group came under pressure at the end, but prevailed by 18 shots to 19, 41-25 overall.

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