Three St Andrews players one match away from national finals

PUBLISHED: 12:12 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 28 February 2018

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Three players from St Andrews are just one game away from reaching the English indoor national finals.

Three players from St Andrews are just one step away from the English indoor national finals following results last week.

Firstly, Ken Uglow and Barrie Forse registered a convincing victory over a team from Moonfleet at Yeovil in the area final of the over-60 pairs. With Uglow leading excellently, they won 22-13.

Then, when Uglow, Forse and Darrell Johnston were expecting to play another Moonfleet combination in the area final of the over-50 triples, they were given a walkover because one of their opponents was ill.

In both inter-area finals, the last step before the nationals, the Saints’ players take on teams from Worcestershire club Malvern Hills at neutral venues this month.

Already through to their inter-area final are Saints’ triple Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker, who play a trio from Clarrie Dunbar at Street on Saturday. The winners will be competing in the national finals at Melton Mowbray on March 26 and 27.

With Sunday’s scheduled Somerset County League match against Clarrie Dunbar postponed because Clarrie were hosting a singles tournament, it was an unusually quiet weekend at St Andrews.

However, their mixed team notched up a convincing home victory against Taunton Deane, despite having fielded several very inexperienced players.

Darrell Johnston’s rink allowed their opponents to win only four of the 21 ends in a 28-shot victory. Rebecca McMillan had 13 shots to spare and Phil Villis eight as Saints completed a clean sweep.

St Andrews 79, Taunton Deane 30: L Fisher, Margaret Tovey, A Cooper, P Villis 18-10; D Reynolds, Wendy O’Sullivan, R Smith, D Johnston 34-6; Jill Bishop, Jacquie Yeates, A McMillan, Rebecca McMillan 27-14.

The accent was on enjoyment and friendship as Saints Ladies took on their Winscombe counterparts in a special challenge match.

Most of the Winscombe players are indoor members at St Andrews, so there was plenty of banter and fun. Saints Ladies prevailed but everyone enjoyed themselves so much that the match will be repeated next season.

St Andrews Ladies 83, Winscombe Ladies 36 - St Andrews rinks first: C Venn, J Yeates, M Pattenden, R McMillan 40, S Nash, L Fredersdorff, M Sprouting, M Adams 8; M Wride, J Bishop, S Sinclair, B Huggett 21, C Hopes, A Bougourd, C Bryant, W Weller 18; J Forse, J Webb, B Mangan, A Campbell 22, M Howell, J Rush, T Miles, S Caddy 10.

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