Wookey skittles success

PUBLISHED: 16:24 26 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

GAME skittlers from Portishead succeeded in playing their favourite sport 220ft below ground in Wookey Hole Caves. The Telstars, who normally play in a working men's club, challenged the town's Clarence House Allstars to a game in the world-famous caves.

GAME skittlers from Portishead succeeded in playing their favourite sport 220ft below ground in Wookey Hole Caves.The Telstars, who normally play in a working men's club, challenged the town's Clarence House Allstars to a game in the world-famous caves.Before they could start playing, the teams had to don safety helmets and carry scaffolding and materials weighing half a ton into the underground caverns to construct a 56ft-long skittle alley. They only had six hours to complete their fund-raising feat, but managed it with half an hour to spare, and are expecting to rake in at least £3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.The Telstars captain, Dennis O'Neill, said: "The tongue and groove board that we put down on the top of scaffolding was very smooth to play on."Playing skittles in the cave was a great experience, although it was a bit chilly. Outside, the temperature was 27C, but where we were playing it was 11C. "It was OK though, because by the time we'd finished building the alley, we were pretty warm, and the manager of Wookey Hole Caves supplied us with fish and chips and hot drinks."The Witch of Wookey must have been on our opponents' side though as they stole the game from us. One of their players, Mark Russell, totted up an exceptional score of 52, 12 more than an average score.

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