St Andrews Ladies through to the next round

PUBLISHED: 14:52 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:52 22 November 2017

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Youth came to the fore for St Andrews Ladies in their national inter-club Yetton Trophy match against Minehead.

Two youthful skips with a combined age of just 40 years helped St Andrews Ladies into the fourth round of the national inter-club Yetton Trophy.

Sixteen-year-old Imogen Cracknell and Becky McMillan (24) were both in top form, skipping their rinks to victory as Saints Ladies beat Minehead by 30 shots.

Cracknell, skipping in the Yetton for the first time, was influential as her rink won by 12 shots at home, having led all the way after the second end.

McMillan was outstanding for the second match running as her four won by 13 shots at Minehead. They were 21-4 ahead after 15 ends, then finished things off when McMillan trailed the jack for a closing four.

Meg Favis’s home quartet won by 11, having to withstand a comeback by their opponents, who pulled back 12 shots in five ends.

The only blot on the landscape for St Andrews was the six-shot defeat for Ann Campbell’s away team, who dropped seven shots in the first two ends and never really got to grips with the rink, despite having won 12 of the 21 ends..

In the fourth round on December 9, St Andrews will play Taunton Deane.

St Andrews 98, Minehead 68 – home: C Venn, C Hopes, B Huggett, I Cracknell 23-11; C Riley, H Frye, J Smith, M Favis 27-16. Away: J Forse, S Sinclair, A Powell, R McMillan 25-12; M Millard, M McMillan, J Pitman, A Campbell 23-29.

It was also an excellent weekend for the St Andrews men, who maintained their 100 per cent record by beating North Wilts to stay top of the Wessex League.

They were unstoppable at home, as Craig Walker’s rink, who scored a six and a five, won by 23 shots and Mike Adams skipped his men to victory by 17 – they had two fives.

At Chippenham, Mike Stocker’s quartet did well to lose by only four, having been nine behind. The other away skip Barrie Forse saved his best to last. With the score at 16-16 playing the final end and North Wilts holding shot, Forse rested out their wood with the last bowl of the game to earn two valuable rink points.

St Andrews 97 (14), North Wilts 59 (2) – home: S Stocker, B May, L Stocker, M Adams 28-11; A Owens, K Curtis, D Bailey, C Walker 35-12. Away: J Keay, D Stott, D Johnston, B Forse 18-16; R Venn, G Webber, B Reeves, M Stocker 16-20.

Saints’ members continued to shine last week in the individual national competitions. Imogen Cracknell reached the last 16 of the ladies’ under-25 singles, being one of four qualifiers from a 14-strong group at Bristol.

Other national results - men’s singles: Barrie Forse 21, K Burt (Taunton Dne) 5. Men’s Over-60 singles: Ken Uglow 21, C Takle (Taunton Dne) 14. Under 18 singles: Luke Yeates 2, J Day (Yeovil) 0. Men’s pairs: Sam Stocker/Andrew Owens 25, J Parsons (Donyatt) 4. Mixed fours: S Lloyd (Taunton Dne) 7, Carolina Venn, Jim Keay, Rebecca McMillan, Barrie Forse 23.

Female members of St Andrews enjoyed themselves at a ladies’ night, which was well attended. Ken Uglow, indoor section secretary, slaved over a hot stove to produce a lovely meal, assisted by Richard Venn and others.

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