Victoria gain two points in Somerset County League defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:44 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:44 20 December 2017

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Victoria picked up two points from a 27-shot defeat against Donyatt in the Somerset County League.

Victoria played Donyatt in the Somerset County League and while losing were rewarded with two points for the excellent rink win of 10 shots by Les Kelly, brothers Alan and Richard Hollier with Colin Heal.

In the Weston Mixed League, the squad played St Andrews and enjoyed a rink win skipped by Graham Richards with Rose Cleeves and husband and wife pair Martin and Fiona Payne.

Victoria’s rink of Brenda Williams, Bill Nicholls, Dave Roberts and Kay Wilson was fiercely contested with a total of just 14 shots scored over the first 12 ends, but a lead of four shots was overcome by the Saints four who picked up eight shots on the final two ends to complete a remarkable and unexpected rink win.

Victoria 63 (2), Donyatt 90 (14): P Coumis, D Williams, R Bromet, P Fisher 18-24; C Santosousso, G Richards, P Wyatt 7-29; W Nicholls, J Langridge, C Chudley, G Hodge 16-25; L Kelly, A Hollier, R Hollier, C Heal 22-12.

Victoria 42, St Andrews 66: M Payne, F Payne, R Cleeves, G Richards 17-12; A Webb, M Kelly, L, Kelly, M Hillman 8-18; A Hollier, H Chesters, J Turton, C Stevens 8-23; B Williams, W Nicholls, D Roberts, K Wilson 9-13.

It was another memorable week for St Andrews, with their over-60s team reaching the national last 32 and four of their younger players thrashing a quartet that included world No 5 Rob Paxton.

Saints “oldies” cruised into the regional stage of the men’s over-60 inter-club double rink with what looked like a comfortable victory over Donyatt, but was a close tussle for most of the game.

At home, Gordon Wride’s team trailed by two shots nearing halfway, before putting together a sequence of 13 in the space of four ends to take command and won by 12 shots.

Barrie Forse’s away rink found it hard going at Donyatt, but built a lead gradually, with Andy McMillan impressing in his season’s debut for the over-60s. A penultimate end five sealed victory by 10 shots.

Saints face Weymouth-based Moonfleet on January 10 for a place in the last 16.

St Andrews A 42, Donyatt 20 – home: T Hyde, T Yeeles, K Curtis, G Wride 21-9. Away: K Uglow, A McMillan, M Stocker, B Forse 21-11.

A brilliant, all-round display by Andrew Owens, Sam Stocker, Lee Stocker and Craig Walker proved too much for Rob Paxton’s Ilminster team, who were demolished 26-7 in the area quarter-final of the national men’s fours.

From the moment skip Walker, still suffering badly from whiplash following a car accident, drew second wood on end two when the Saints’ team were five or six down, they hardly put a foot wrong.

A third-end six was followed quickly by a four then a five and, in no time, they were 16-3 ahead. In desperation, Paxton killed a couple of ends and tried to do the same on several other occasions as Walker’s team drew relentlessly to the jack.

Eventually, after just 12 of the scheduled 18 ends, the demoralised Ilminster boys conceded. Saints will play Street in the area semi-final next month.

The local derby in the national ladies’ triples went emphatically the way of Mo Millard, Jackie Pitman and Ann Campbell, who beat Judy Forse, Sue Sinclair and Rebecca McMillan 33-14.

Other national results involving Saints’ players included - men’s pairs: Andrew Owens/Sam Stocker lost 8-27 away to R Paxton/M Hamilton (Ilminster). Men’s pairs: Lee Stocker, Mike Stocker, Craig Walker won 22-14 at home to Ilminster. Ladies’ pairs: Jackie Pitman/Ann Campbell won 26-11 at home to North Petherton .

Saints’ trio Lee Stocker, Andrew Owens and Barrie Forse were all in the Somerset team who lost by 10 shots to Devon at Bristol in the inter-county Liberty Trophy.

Their clubmate Imogen Cracknell was a member of the Somerset team beaten by Dorset at Dorchester in the ladies’ inter-county Atherley Trophy.

Taunton Deane 67, St Andrews 32 (friendly): P Smart, Debbie Baker, P Villis 10-16; Hannah Frye, R Smith, R Brereton 13-23; G Bean, A Cooper, Jane Smith 9-28.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Paul Brown (centre, with medal) was in the combined Disabled Bowls England/Visually Impaired Bowls England team who played a special match against Somerset under-25s at St Andrews. The combined side also included local players Bob Rossiter (Clarence), Dean Robinson (formerly Backwell) and David Stott, team manager of visually impaired Bowls England, a member of both Clarence and St Andrews. A close match was won by the county under-25s 59-39.

Wedmore men had a big victory in the County League against Minehead, winning three rinks to one and by 107 shots to 69.

At home, under the leadership of Colin Moss, Wedmore built up a big lead for the match, triumphing 39-11, winning 15 ends. On Denis Stansfield’s rink they were never behind and had a lead of 13 by end 12, but endured a dry spell to end 18 when the lead was cut to five. Wedmore made a strong finish to win 25-15.

Away, Eddie Payne’s men produced a 25-19 win, but Ron Barron’s crew endured a loss but kept the margin down to six shots at 18-24. Above all, this fine victory gained 14 points in the league for the loss of only two.

The mixed friendly squad continued their winning streak at home to Banwell, winning both rinks and by 44-21.

Maureen Hordle’s group were fast out of the blocks and the score at halfway was 18-1. They stayed in front to win well by 24-8. Lynda Dearden’s team took the lead for the second time on end eight and with the help of a five score pulled away to a seven-shot lead which had been reduced to one by end 15. A strong finish delivered the 18-13 win.

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