Victoria lose on both in double rink competition

PUBLISHED: 14:11 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 21 February 2018

Marcus Dew bowling for St Andrew's watched by Barry Benn and Ron Wootten.

Marcus Dew bowling for St Andrew's watched by Barry Benn and Ron Wootten.

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Victoria were defeated on both rinks by Watchet in the double rink competition, losing by 30 shots overall.

Victoria played Watchet in the double rink competition and were defeated on both rinks.

The home rink skipped by Phil Fisher with Paul Coumis, Pete Wyatt and Dave Fairhurst faced a strong visiting rink and despite scoring a five and a seven, lost by the narrowest margin.

Paul Coumis led his rink of Roy Bromet, Brian Pocock and Phil Fisher at home to an excellent rink win of 21 shots against Bristol in the County League, but the three away rinks were defeated with the overall result going in Bristol’s favour by 17 shots.

Victoria played a mixed friendly against Puriton with the home rink of Rita Bailey, Deloris Rimmor, Richard Hollier and Rose Cleeves giving a good account of themselves in a close game, losing by just one shot.

Victoria 29, Watchet 59: P Coumis, P Wyatt. D Fairhurst, P Fisher 19-29; R Bromet, B Pocock, D Jones, C Heal 10-30.

Victoria 73, Bristol 90: P Coumis, R Bromet, B Pocock, P Fisher 31-10; L Kelly, M Milliner, D Williams, M Manning 19-23; J Revill. C Chudley, J Newman, D Jones 12-24; A Hollier, D Carpenter, R Hollier, G Hodge 11-33.

Victoria 19, Puriton 27: R Bailey, D Rimmor, R Hollier, R Cleeves 13-14; M Slavin, S Sokol, C Stevens, G Hodge 6-23

Excellent victories by their ladies’ double-rink team and the men’s triple of Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker were the highlights of the busiest weekend of the season for St Andrews.

The ladies kicked things off with a comfortable win over their Bridgwater counterparts to reach the semi-finals of the Somerset county double-rink.

At home, Imogen Cracknell’s four were 16-7 ahead before a comeback brought their opponents to within two shots. Then the home quartet scored 11 shots in three ends, including a six, to take an unbeatable lead.

The away rink played steadily at Bridgwater and were rarely troubled as they won by 14 shots. Saints Ladies play either Watchet or Donyatt in the semi-final.

St Andrews Ladies 53, Bridgwater Ladies 28 – home: C Hopes, H Frye, M Favis,. I Cracknell 28-17. Away: J Forse, S Sinclair, A Campbell, R McMillan 25-11.

Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker are in the last 32 of the national men’s triples following a tense 18-13 victory against a trio from Bridport in the area final at Street.

The scores were level at halfway and the St Andrews men did not get their noses in front until the closing ends. Skip Walker saved a five at one point and they clinched victory when lead Sam Stocker put two woods by the jack on the last end.

They will play a team from Clarrie Dunbar in the regional play-off with a place in the national finals at stake.

Two other Saints’ players were involved in national area finals, both at Ilminster. Both lost, Andrew Owens by 5-21 to an excellent display from Moonfleet’s Martin Puckett in the two-wood singles.

Veteran Barrie Forse fought back from 5-12 down against another young Moonfleet player, Darren Nutman, in the men’s singles area final and led 17-15 and 18-16. But his opponent’s superior weighted shots saw him win by 21-18.

In the Somerset county men’s double rink, Saints suffered a last-gasp, one-shot defeat by Ilminster, having looked home and dry with one end left.

Their away rink had lost by one shot but had won the extra end. This meant that Barrie Forse’s home quartet needed only second or even third wood on the final end to win the match. Two brilliant shots by Ilminster skip Matt Hamilton gave his side three shots and victory.

St Andrews 43, Ilminster 44 – home: M Campbell, S Stocker, D Johnston, B Forse 21-21. Away: A Owens, A McMillan, K Curtis, L Stocker 22-23.

With so many of their top players involved in national events and the double-rink, Saints were forced to field severely-weakened teams for their weekend Somerset County and Wessex League matches.

They got away with it in the County League against Minehead, winning by 10 shots because their home rinks finished a total of 52 ahead. Chris Howard, a former Maidenhead and Desborough player, had an excellent club debut on Mike Stocker’s rink.

St Andrews 90 (12), Minehead 80 (4) – home: R Smith, A Cooper, M Dorrington, D Johnston 37-5; L Fisher, E Hooper, C Howard, M Stocker 32-12. Away: G Sims, J Keay, B May, P Villis 12-21; P Smart, G Cooper, R Brereton, K Curtis 9-42.

It was a different story the following day in Saints’ final Wessex League game of the season against Thornbury. With a cobbled-together team, they lost on all four rinks for the first time, an unfortunate end to what has been a decent first season back in the Wessex.

St Andrews 55 (0), Thornbury 116 (16) – home: K Uglow, E Hooper, J Keay, P Villis 19-22; D Reynolds, J Warren, R Brereton, B May 11-30. Away: T Hyde, M Dew, G Webber, D Bailey 18-24; C Coffin, G Cooper, R Venn, M Stocker 7-40.

Saints maintained their 100 per cent record in the Weston Mixed League by beating Clarence for the second time in three weeks. They finished up on all four rinks.

St Andrews 69 (16), Clarence 34 (0) – home: M Dew, Barbara Mangan, R Wootten, Ann Campbell 24-5; Hannah Frye, Karen Cromey, A Cooper, J Warren 17-10. Away: D Reynolds, Jill Bishop, Sue Sinclair, Imogen Cracknell 15-9; A Frost, R Gordon, Maureen Frost, Jane Smith 13-10.

Lee Stocker and Craig Walker notched up a notable victory in the Somerset county pairs. Away to Ilminster’s Will Anderson and Matt Hamilton, they were 17-6 up but trailed 24-25 with one end left. They levelled to force the extra end and Walker trailed the jack to give his side five shots and a place in the semi-finals.

Barrie Forse, county singles champion for the last two years, is in the quarter-finals again following a 21-3 victory over Street’s John Solle. Forse, Ken Uglow and Darrell Johnston cruised into the semi-finals of the county triples with a 25-1 home win over a Nailsea trio.

In a period of six friendlies, Wedmore lost only one.

The ladies showed the way by winning two friendlies, the first against St Andrews, winning on both rinks and overall by 43 shots to 29.

Julie Masters’ ladies took the lead from the start, but the game was finely balanced when the opposition took the lead with a five score on end 11. This provoked an immediate response and Wedmore scored 13 shots on the next five ends for a 12-point lead and couldn’t be caught, winning 27-15.

Maureen Hordle’s side held the lead for most of the first-half but lost it on 13 and at end 19 the scores were level. Wedmore saw out the last two ends to win 16-14.

It was one rink all against Victoria, but Wedmore Ladies again squeezed out a 36-35 victory overall. Julie Masters team took the lead on end six but the game was close and scores levelled at end 13. Wedmore hung on to the lead and seized the game with a five score on the last end to win 20-14, a good foundation for the overall match. Maureen Hordle’s group had a tougher time but overcame a deficit of eight shots to take the lead on end nine. After much lead swapping, Victoria put their noses in front and defeated the home side 16-21.

Not to be outdone, the men won a friendly against North Petherton, taking both rinks and an overall score of 40 shots to 24. Ray Newell’s men were in a scrap early on but had a five score on end nine going on to win 13 ends and by 21 shots to nine.

Dave Nicholls’ band never lost the lead although the score was tied on end 18 as Wedmore pushed on to win 19 shots to 15.

The mixed friendly squad won two out of three matches. Against Congresbury it was 2-0 on rinks and 38-23 on overall shots.

Julie Masters’ bunch enjoyed their afternoon by retaining the lead for the whole game, winning 12 of 18 ends, scoring 22 shots to eight.

It was the proverbial close run thing on the other rink where Richard McHale and co were given a good game. It was tied at end 17 and Wedmore took the last end by a single shot, winning by 16 shots to15.

The loss came against Bridgwater who took both rinks and won by 46 shots to 24 overall. On Joe Harris’ rink they had the lead a couple of times and by scoring five on end 16 came within three shots of their opponents who nonetheless won 21-14.

Richard McHale and support started well enough but dried up after end nine, scoring only one further shot to lose 10-25.

That loss was remedied by a narrow win against Avon and Somerset Police, when it was one rink each and 38-34 overall.

Richard McHale’s rink had a good win, scoring a couple of fives and ran out 22 shots to 14. Dennis Stansfield ’s crew looked as if they might win when the match was level at halfway and only one point in it at end 20, but the police won the last by three so Wedmore lost 16-20.

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