It has been a memorable few days for St Andrews bowlers Rebecca McMillan, Sam Stocker and Anthony Page.

McMillan, the national indoor women’s singles champion, made her long-awaited England debut in the British Isles Indoor Championships at Chelmsford. In the semi-final, she came up against the great Scottish player Julie Forrest, the defending champion.

A major shock looked likely when the St Andrews player went 7-0 up, but Forrest showed her class by shortening the jack and going on to win 21-11.

Sam Stocker is one step away from becoming the first player to win the Somerset county under-25 singles three years in a row. He beat Purnell’s Sam Dart 21-7 in the semi-final and will play another Purnell player Jack Vine in the final next month.

Rebecca McMillan and clubmate Anthony Page are both preparing to represent England in world championships.

On Sunday, St Andrews held a special benefit match for the pair, all the proceeds of which went towards their expenses of getting to Guernsey (McMillan, world bowls indoor championships, April) and South Africa (Page, Disability Bowls World Championships, May).

After a noisy fun game involving 24 players and a raffle, £410 was raised, a great effort

Somerset county under-25 singles championship semi-final: S Stocker (St Andrews) 21, S Dart (Purnell) 7.

Mixed friendly: St Andrews 61, Bridgwater 26. Jane Andrews, W Butcher, Marie McMillan, S Browning 24-8; Sue Churchill, Wendy O’Sullivan, Jill Bishop, D Johnston 16-11; G Sims, Margaret Tovey, M Nickson, Jean Whittaker 21-7.

Fun benefit game: Becky’s team 35, Tim’s team 30. Becky’s rinks first – J Keay, Frid Allen, A Biss, P Villis 10, K Fairhurst, Marie McMillan, Del Johns, J Angove 8; A Page, Jenny Webb, D Fairhurst, Becky McMillan 9, T Wyatt, Jenny McMillan, Clare Andrews, Sue Sinclair 14; Carolina Venn, D Reynolds, Charlie Andrews, A McMillan 16, N Wride, Deb Johns, J Wright, G Wride 16-8.