Ashcombe bowlers face tough opposition

PUBLISHED: 10:36 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 24 August 2018

Ashcombe Bowls Club gala fours runners-up.

Ashcombe Bowls Club gala fours runners-up.

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Ashcombe Park bowlers faced tough opposition in the Weston Over-60s League and the Somerset Bowls League.

Ashcombe were up against some strong opposition in both the Weston and District Over-60s League and the Somerset Bowls League.

In the Over 60’s League, Ashcombe Crusaders were home to second in division Winscombe, managing wins on only two of the six rinks and finishing with an overall score of 78 shots to 90.

The Knights were home for a return match against Yatton. The Knights strength was not in doubt, when they finished with wins on four of the six rinks and a draw on another to win by 25 shots.

Ashcombe Templars struggled when they met division leaders Burnham, managing a win on only one rink and losing heavily on shots.

Ashcombe Crusaders 78, Winscombe 90: G Kinsey, G Tottle, T Bass 10-19; A Wilmot, G Wilkinson, K Wheeler 10-24; M Butt, J Taylor, D Carr 19-12; A Dawes, T

Cottrell, J Whitlow 7-24; W Kolasinski, S Hedges, J Creasey 20-17; G Sansam, B Benstead, R Powell 12-14.

Ashcombe Knights 112, Yatton 87: D Barnes, J Hornett, T Morgan 14-17; G Fews, R Counsell, L Cox 25-11; B Alden, E Booth, A Tucker 19-9; B Bishop, B Underhay, D Wynne 22-20; J McKenzie, M Paterson, A Cracknell 16-14; B Jones, G Mills, A Little 16-16.

Ashcombe Templars 66, Burnham 143: L Cornford, D Harris, N Coombes 8-21; G Llewellyn, C Vardon, B Miles 11-19; R Jenkins, P March, A Freke 12-23; M Allen, D

Bleasdale, D Williams 9-39; G Field, R Salt, R Smith 9-28; T Romeo, R Cox, M Bass 17-13.

In the Somerset Bowls League, Ashcombe A team played division leaders Willmott Park. They were unable to make any headway, losing on all three rinks with a final score of 44 to 88.

Ashcombe B played a strong side from Clevedon B and, like the A team, were unable to take any of the three rinks, finishing 18 shots down.

Ashcombe C were away to Division leaders Wedmore B. Having previously beaten them earlier in the season, Ashcombe found Wedmore a stronger opposition and only managed a win on one rink, and lost by nine shots.

Ashcombe A 44, Willmott Park 88: B Benstead, A Dawes, G Wilkinson, R Powell 17-26; A Wilmot, T Cottrell, K Hallett, J Whitlow 10-43; W Kolasinski, K Wheeler, S Hedges, J Main 17-19.

Ashcombe B 52, Clevedon B 70: B Bishop, D Williams, D Carr, D Wynne 18-19; N Coombes, D Freestone, M Paterson, A Cracknell 17-24; R Tasker, M Parry, A

Tucker, J Taylor 17-25.

Ashcombe C 48, Wedmore B 57: G Tucker, M Butt, C Gerlach, R Smith 15-23; S Buckley, R Cox, B Miles, C Vardon 15-19; T Romeo, J McKenzie, M Tripp, T Bass 18-15.

Competing in the Clarence Park Gala Fours Open, Ashcombe’s team of Martyn West, Graham Wilkinson, Jill Wilkinson and skip Joan McInally finished in second place in a closely-fought competition.

They won all four of their games finishing tied on points and shot difference with the eventual winners, a joint team from Box and Clevedon Prom., who finally beat them on a count of ends won by only two ends.

Victoria enjoyed two excellent wins in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League.

The Vikings hosted Nailsea, fellow strugglers in the division and despite conceding a rink and 10 shots, won the match by 17 shots with three rink wins skipped by Graham Hodge, Brian Johnson and Gwynne Jones, with the triple skipped by John Langridge achieving a draw. In a close, low-scoring triple led by Les Kelly, they lost by the narrowest margin.

The Saxons travelled to Clevedon and on a tricky green managed a match win of two shots with the triple of Carmine Santosoussa, David Williams and John Newman winning by 16 shots to ensure victory and gaining a much needed 12 points.

Club captain Brian Pocock was happy with two positive results in the same week and after what has been a difficult season for both teams in this league, is looking to consolidate their positions in the divisions over the remaining games in the season. The county league games were a disappointment with both the A and B teams losing to Taunton Deane A and Clarence A. The only winning rink was led by Carmine Santosousso with Roy Bromet, Don Wheatley and Mike Cooper who won by an impressive margin of 20 shots.

Victoria and Somerset Executive have played every year since 1978 for the R T Moore Cup with the Executive leading the wins 23-16, remarkably Bert Hoad of the Executive has played every one of the games.

Victoria looked on course to gain a win and claim the trophy with four winning rinks, but a heavy defeat on one of the rinks swung the match in favour of Somerset Executive.

Following the post match celebrations it was announced that the sum raised of £486 from the match fees and raffle collection would be donated to the Somerset executive’s president charity of the Children’s Hospice in Nailsea.

Congratulations go to Mike Cooper and Colin Gazzard who won the men’s pairs at the Clevedon Tournament.

Victoria Vikings 99 (15), Nailsea 81 (5): G Robbins, D Carpenter, G Hodge 28-16; C Cleeves, J Codrington, B Johnson 27-14; L Kelly, D Roberts, T Gilbert 10-11; A Waygood, W Nicholls, J Langridge 15-15; A Hollier, E Sage, G Jones 19-15.

Victoria Saxons 83 (12), Clevedon 81 (8): Carmine, D Williams, J Newman 25-9; M Milliner, A Shattock, M Cooper 15-17; N Robbins, R Bromet, D Wheatley 19-12; S Evans, G Frost C Heal 13-17; M Campbell, D Sealey, K Holland 11-16.

Victoria A 46 (2), Taunton Deane A 62 (10): P Coumis, M Campbell, J Newman, C Gazzard 9-30; Carmine, R Bromet, D Wheatley, M Cooper 28-8; D Beard, H Gibbs, C Heal, S Davis 9-24.

Victoria B 43 (0), Clarence A 82 (12): N Robbins, J Langridge, S Evans, P Fisher 13-32; L Kelly, G Hodge, J Smart, D Williams 18-26; M Milliner, G Frost, G Rain, K Holland 12-24.

Victoria 107, Somerset Executive 116: T Gilbert, E Sage, M Campbell, S Evans 18-15; L Kelly, B Nicholls, D Williams, J Newman 17-13; N Robbins, J Langridge, G Frost, C Heal 19-18; D Roberts, C Chudley, B Pocock, M Cooper 9-26; Carmine, B Saward, R Rockett, M Manning 23-22; M Milliner, R Bromet, K Holland 21-22.

St Andrews are just one victory away from winning the Weston & District Over-60s League championship with three matches to play.

Their latest win was at home to Clevedon, who arrived one rink short, resulting in a 10-shot and two-point award to St Andrews.

Clevedon are bottom of Division 1, but only a couple of shots separated the teams at halfway. Saints found their form to pull away in the later stages, with the rinks skipped by Gordon Wride and Don Bailey both winning by eight shots. Bailey had been one down with five ends left.

Mike Stocker finished two clear and Danny Favis snatched a draw with a single on the last end.

Saints play Victoria Saxons at home on Tuesday, then Ashcombe Crusaders away on September 4 and Portishead (home) on September 11.

St Andrews 97 (17), Clevedon 78 (3): G Cooper, K Curtis, D Bailey 20-12; T Bray, R Wootten, M Stocker 16-14; R Gordon, G Webber, G Wride 23-15; R Potter, B May, D Favis 15-15; R Smith, J Warren, B Reeves 13-22.

St Andrews are unlikely to win North Division 1 in the Somerset County League, but they kept up their challenge for a top-three finish by beating Congresbury B at home.

The visitors, who were promoted this year and are now bottom of the table, made Saints battle all the way for their eight-shot victory.

Mike Stocker’s quartet struggled throughout, seven down at halfway and 14 behind with three ends left. They were the first rink to finish and ended 12 shots down.

Don Bailey was always ahead in his game and, despite dropping three shots in the last two ends, won by nine. With two rinks completed, Saints led by just four, but Darrell Johnston’s team came up with a strong finish, scoring eight shots on the last three ends to make victory seem slightly more decisive than it actually was.

St Andrews 60 (10), Congresbury B 52 (2): J Keay, G Webber, S Stocker, D Johnston 27-16; R Smith, D Favis, G Wride, D Bailey 22-13; T Bray, B May, K Curtis, M Stocker 11-23.

Welsh club Mountain Ash’s annual visit to St Andrews resulted in a convincing victory for the home team.

However, Ash were in excellent voice for their customary post-match sing-song, which was reflected in the bar takings.

Gordon Wride’s home rink picked up a last-end six to win by 15. Veteran Jim Warren continued his excellent season by masterminding a 14-shot victory for his rink, while Darrell Johnston won by the same margin.

St Andrews 105, Mountain Ash 78: R Potter, K Uglow, R Flaxman, J Warren 21-7; R Brereton, B McLeod, K Curtis, D Hurst 14-15; G Sims, G Cooper, M Goddard, D Johnston 21-7; A Cooper, T Bray, B Green, M Stocker 12-16; P Smart, J Ling, G Webber, G Wride 23-8; M Dew, D Reynolds, R Wootten, D Bailey 14-25.

St Andrews indoor members Hannah Frye, Craig Walker and Lee Stocker, together with Clevedon’s John Hick, picked up third-place prize-money in the Clarence Open Gala Fours.

Clarence Blues gave a fine display against Portishead, winning on all six rinks and bagging all the points in this Over-60s League match.

Rink of the day with the highest winning margin goes to Reg Flicker and John Rogers skipped by Tony Mannion, who took the first four ends and nine shots.

Portishead took a three on the fifth, but Tony’s team took the next four ends and a 12-shot lead. The 10th end saw Portishead take a two, but Tony’s team took control by taking the next six ends and 17 to the good.

Portishead won the final two ends and just two shots leaving the Blues 15-shot winners.

Clarence Blues 123, Portishead 67: M Clay, M Phillips, B Sweet 17-14; D Grier, G Owen, M Edlin 22-10; R Flicker, J Rogers, T Mannion 22-7; B Benn, W Hallworth, G Barlow 23-16; A Gardiner, K Marshall R Burrough 18-11; M Cerasoli, B Duffy, C Read 21-9.

The Golds recorded a fine win over Clevedon Prom in their endeavour to stay in the top half of the division in the Over-60s League.

Highest scoring rink goes to Martin Ford and Alan Bishop skipped by Steve Browning who went out like a steam engine taking the first six ends and 13 shots.

Stuck on 13, Steve’s team drop the next end and one shot. The steam train started again taking the next four ends and a 24-shot lead. Clevedon tried to start a derailment by taking ends 12 and 13 with a three and a six, reducing the deficit to 15.

Steve’s team took the final five ends giving them an impressive 24-shot victory.

Clarence Golds 125, Clevedon Prom 105: J Edwards, M Peters, M Scoins 6-29; M Ford, A Bishop, S Browning 34-10; F Al-Hinai, John Hayes, A Cord 23-12; T Derrick, D Weston, J Atkins 13-20; K Southan, C Tippett, I Phipps 20-17; G Andrews, A Newland, B Underwood 19-17.

Clarence took all the points in this Somerset County League match against Portishead RBL.

Rink of the day goes to Martin Ford, Alan Bishop and Nigel Martin skipped by Doug Grier who took the first two ends and three shots.

Portishead struck back taking a five on the third and taking the lead, before Doug’s team took the next three ends and a five-shot lead. The seventh end saw Portishead get one shot back.

Ends eight to 11 were taken by the Blues, extending their lead to 14. Shots were exchanged over the next three ends as Portishead picked up the pace by taking the next four ends, reducing the deficit to seven shots.

The final three ends were nip and tuck with Doug’s team running out winners by nine shots.

Clarence B 69, Portishead RBL 52: J Edwards, M Peters, A Newland, A Cord 23-18; G Leigh, B Coleman, C Tippett, S Browning 21-18; M Ford, A Bishop, N Martin, D Grier 25-16.

Taking three rinks apiece, the Blues took the match and 14 points, giving them a well-deserved and needed victory over Victoria Saxons.

Largest winning rink goes to Mike Cerasoli and Brendan Duffy skipped by Roger Burrough who were all square at the halfway point when on the 10th Roger’s team took a three, but the Saxons struck back with a two.

Roger’s team responded by scoring a three, five and a four to take a 13-shot lead going into the 15th end, where shots were traded to the finish with the Blues taking a 14-shot win.

Clarence Blues 107, Victoria Saxons 96: D Towie, J Rogers, T Mannion 21-11; D Grier, G Owen, G Barlow 20-15; M Cerasoli, B Duffy, R Burrough 25-11; R Flicker, K Marshall, C Read 15-24; M Edlin, W Hallworth, D Stott 11-19; M Clay, M Phillips, A Gardiner 15-16.

Winscombe won their evening friendly match against Congresbury by 17 shots. They won on four rinks with Mike Adams rink achieving the highest shot difference.

Winscombe 94, Congresbury 77: R Kibble, K Horler, B Paul, M Nash 14-20; A Rowe, R Fisher, K Whatling, R Lowman 16-13; D Johnson, R Lowis, D Brown, M Fletcher 19-12; A Pow, D Phillips, G Coombe, G Neville 20-18; M Newing, R Knight, L Collier, M Adams 25-10.

Winscombe continued their chase to catch St Andrews by picking up 16 points at Ashcombe. They won on four of the six rinks and by 29 shots overall. The Ashcombe green was a delight to play on and a credit to greenkeeper John Taylor.

Winscombe 107 (16), Ashcombe 78 (4): D Johnson, R Reason, R Lacy 24-7; D Brown, B Paul, M Fletcher 19-10; M Newing, M Nash, R Lowman 14-12; G Lloyd, L Collier, W Ainsworth 24-10; J Sprouting, K Whatling, M Adams 12-19; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 17-20.

In the county league, both Winscombe teams needed points to improve their league standings.

The A team visited Yatton and on a heavy green struggled to match the home team, eventually losing by three shots. Wilf Ainsworth’s rink was well ahead after 10 ends, but had a poor second half to lose by four shots.

Malcolm Dorrington was always fighting to catch up and Yatton pulled ahead to win by nine. Winscombe’s only winning rink was skipped by Mike Adams ably assisted by Mike Fletcher who both mastered the conditions well to win 16 of the 21 ends and by 10 shots.

Winscombe A 48 (2), Yatton A 51 (10): D Brown, P Fredersdorff, R Lacy, W Ainsworth 18-22; A Rowe, R Knight, R Lowman, M Dorrington 12-21; G Lloyd, K Whatling, M Fletcher, M Adams 18-8.

The B team were at home to Portishead RBL’s third team. Winscombe were looking for revenge to defeat by RBL B and succeeded on two rinks to pick up a valuable 10 points.

Winscombe B 75 (10), Portishead RBL C 53 (2): D Johnson, M Myland, R Reason, J Sprouting 21-14; M Newing, D Phillips, P Lowis, G Neville 16-26; P John, M Smart, R Kibble, M Nash 28-13.

The club held its greenkeepers competition, which is a two-wood pairs competition set up by ex-greenkeeper Colin Westlake. Sadly this year’s event had to be curtailed at tea as the rain was heavy and persistent.

However, the two unbeaten pairs braved the elements over a five-end final. Something of a lottery, but Graham Neville and Adrian Pow came out one shot winners against Paul Hopes and Ken Whatling and received the handsome cup from Mrs Jill Westlake.

Wedmore Ladies marched on in the Fear Plate with a tremendous 31-shot victory over Ashcombe and won rinks two to one.

Shirley Wederell’s side had a field day, scoring a seven and a six on the way to a crushing 35-10 victory.

Elaine Deverill’s team did not have good prospects at one to eight down after three ends. Undaunted they put their shoulders to the wheel to score nine shots in the next six ends, taking the lead on end nine but were behind again two ends later.

This prompted a repetition of their favourite trick, this time scoring 12 in winning seven successive ends to claim victory with 23-15.

Marie Trow’s ladies had a long drought in the middle of the game, 11 shots down at end 13. They then put together 11 shots in six ends to draw level at end 19, but the win was snatched away from them 14-16.

Wedmore Ladies 72, Ashcombe 41: J Collins, T Newell, J Collingwood, S Wederell 35-10; P Jenkins, P Beard, M Hordle, E Deverill 23-15; C Pettit, M Barron, G Harvey, M Trow 14-16.

The men won well at Portishead RBL in the Weston League by 17 shots and five to one on rinks.

Ray Newell’s men showed their superiority by plugging away and scoring regularly to triumph 17-9. Stuart Fisher’s fellows started well and were nine shots up at end six. They made themselves vulnerable by taking eight ends to score three but hung on for a respectable 17-12 victory.

Ron Barron’s chaps retook the lead on end five and never lost it, touch and go at times but in the end a win of 22-18. While Colin Moss’ side were never led, there was only one shot in it at end 10, all’s well at the end 17-13.

Keith Pettit’s crew started well, shutting their opposition out for the first four ends and looking well on their way with a six-shot lead at end 10 when Portishead forced their way back into the reckoning, taking the lead on end 15, going into the last two shots up. An exciting finish gave Wedmore the win after scoring five.

On Tony Brown’s rink they took time to get to grips with their opposite numbers, levelled at end 10, but then petered out to lose 11-18.

Wedmore 101, Portishead RBL 84: T Collingwood, J Runciman, R Newell 17-9; T Counsell, C Panchaud, S Fisher 17-12; M Batchelor, C Heller, R Barron 22-18; A Birch, D Collins, C Moss 17-13; D Trow, V Matthews, K Pettit 17-14; D Skelton, I Gallop, T Brown 11-18.

The C team played Portishead B away in the County North 3 League and lost by 18 shots and two to one on rinks.

Jim White’s cohort started well and led from the first, albeit the lead was down to one shot on both ends 10 and 17. Happily the finish belonged to Wedmore who won 21-13. Both Tinknell and Collingwood had a taste of the lead but they went down 16-24 and 9-27 respectively.

Wedmore C 46, Portishead B 64: N Fowler, S Young, T Counsell, J White 21-13; D Skelton, C Wilde, T Shepherd, P Tinknell 16-24; S Wilkinson, M Davies, AN Other, T Collingwood 9-27.

Wrington 58, Portishead 56 (Division 2 North): J Gowar, M Parsons, P Bourrel, P Johnson 26-12; F Thomas, D Buckley, P Lewis, R Clements 10-29; T Moss, A Brown, R Bowden, F Cowgill 22-15.

Congresbury 94, Chew Stoke 104 (C&D Over-60s League): J Freemantle, G Stenner, A Fisher 12-20; G Andrews, M Kimmings, R Archer 23-11; K Cole, D Folds, D Byett 21-14; B Baker, I Beveridge, M Huggett 12-21; D Manning, F Horton, R Kirkham 13-20; S Pook, A Lewis, T Yearsley 13-18.

Congresbury 77, Winscombe 94 (friendly): A Collins, P Hayward, B Baker,C Shipway 24-14; C Nunn, C Brookes, R Anniuk, B Herbison 13-16; K Cole, A Lewis, A Fisher, L Beck 12-19; J Freemantle, R Jones, P Reay, R Kirkham 18-20; R Stewart, M Kimmings, M Huggett, R Becker 10-25.

Congresbury 66, Banwell 49 (friendly): M Hopkins, D Folds, T Lewis 15-14; M Craig, R Anniuk, D Byett 22-14; C Edwards, G Stenner, R Kirkham 13-10; I Beveridge, D Manning, C Shipway 16-11.

Congresbury A 44, Banwell A 63 (SBA Premier 2): M Hopkins, R King, P Reay, B Herbison 22-12; I Morton, A Collins, T Lewis, C Shipway 6-31; B Baker, D Norman, R Becker, D Byett 16-20.

Congresbury Ladies 54, Isle of Wedmore 34 (WDLL): L Storey, J Byett, C Andrews 15-13; G Lee, R Horton, P Baker 16-8; J Blagden, V Harding, B Huggett 23-13.

Congresbury B 52, St Andrews 60 (SBA Division 1 North): M Kimmings, I Beveridge, R Jones, T Yearsley 13-22; R Stewart, D Folds, M Huggett, R Archer 16-27; A Fisher, J Freemantle, F Horton, R Kirkham 23-11.

Victoria Ladies played two league matches in the week with two shots being the margin in each game.

Clarence were the opposition in the Weston & District League and despite both Sue Cooper and captain Chris Stevens skipping their triples to wins, the team lost the game by two shots but picked up four points to cement their position as the league leaders.

In the Mendip League, it was the turn of Victoria Blues to triumph by two shots against Wrington with the sole winning triple of Brenda Williams, Rose Cleeves and Sue Cooper ensuring the win and six points.

Page Park brought a strong team to play a friendly and won by a healthy margin of 14 shots, but Chris Stevens was heartened with the performance of her team against strong opposition.

Lady member Sue Sokol made a presentation to the club of a storage box in memory of her parents Bill and Brenda Fitton.

Brenda was a founding member of the ladies’ section and her early efforts along with others provided the base of the current section which is enjoying an active and successful part of Victoria Bowling Club.

Victoria Ladies 46 (4), Clarence 48 (6): C Sage, S Newman, A Holland 13-19; S Milliner, S Harrison, C Stevens 17-16; G Poolman, M Chudley, S Cooper 16-13.

Victoria Blues 53 (6), Wrington 51(4): M Kelly, S Milliner, M Chudley 13-18; C Willetts, K Wilson, A Holland 12-25; B Williams, R Cleeves, S Cooper 28-8.

Victoria Ladies 33, Page Park 57: V Worthington, M Kelly, S Newman 11-20; F Payne, S Crapnell, S Sokol 10-14; E Harraway, H Chesters, S Milliner 12-23.

Wessex Ladies continued their success in league matches by collecting 26 of the 30 points available. In the derby versus Clarence, all three rinks were successful.

Wessex Ladies 57 (10), Clarence 42 (0): V Gardiner, N Peters B Jones, 19-17; V Edwards, J Davis, J Duffy 20-13; T Langford, C Peart, P Taylor 18-12.

Wessex Ladies 56 (8), Isle of Wedmore 43 (2): N Peters, A Fewings, P Taylor 19-22; E Wade, C Peart, B Jones 22-7; P Turner, E Stott, J Duffy 15-14.

Wessex Ladies 55 (8), Clevedon 47 (2): M Darcy, N Peters, E Wade, B Jones 20-13; Y Criddle, K Dibble, P Turner J Davis 19-21; J Gardiner, A Ward, E Deane, C Peart 16-13.

A hot shot nine by Myra Bailey’s rink was the highlight of the 11-shot victory by St Andrews Ladies over their Winscombe counterparts in the second leg of the Iris Owen Cup.

The rare achievement came on the penultimate end of this triples match, with lead Carolina Venn putting three woods close, Barbara Mangan following suit and skip Bailey also bowling three fine woods. The unfortunate Winscombe skip was unable to cut it down.

Bailey won by 14, while Audrey Powell’s triple, one down at halfway, came back well to win by two. However, Ann Campbell’s rink, nine ahead at halfway, won only two more ends as they lost by five.

From Winscombe’s point of view, defeat by 11 shots was a big improvement on a heavy reverse in the away leg at St Andrews in June. They have never won the Iris Owen Cup, which commemorates a lady who was a member of both clubs.

Winscombe Ladies 54, St Andrews 65 (agg 83-137): C Venn, B Mangan, M Bailey 30-16; M Wride, M Pattenden, A Powell 16-14; B Goddard, J Pitman, A Campbell 19-24.

Saints Ladies had contrasting fortunes in their latest DRT League results, picking up full points against West Backwell, but earning only two in the game with Clevedon Prom.

They were never in any trouble at home to West Backwell, 14 shots up at halfway. Meg Favis won by 16 and Audrey Powell by 10. Ann Campbell, 9-9 at halfway, scored 14 shots in the next five ends also to win convincingly.

St Andrews Ladies 64 (10), West Backwell 27 (0): C Venn, M Wride, M Bailey, M Favis 21-5; J Yeates, B Mangan, J Pitman, A Powell 20-10; J Forse, J Bishop, J Smith, A Campbell 23-12.

Clevedon Prom brought a strong team, including former indoor international Margaret Dyer, to St Andrews for the league match and won by 15 shots.

Meg Favis’ home rink led 2-0 after two ends, then did not score again until the penultimate end. Ann Campbell lost by five. But Frid Allen, Jill Bishop, Jenny McMillan and skip Myra Bailey, three down with three ends left, finished well to win by two and earn a couple of points.

St Andrews Ladies 34 (2), Clevedon Prom 49 (8): M McMillan, M Wride, J Smith, M Favis 6-18; F Allen, J Bishop, J McMillan, M Bailey 15-13; J Forse, M Frost, S Sinclair, A Campbell 13-18.

Jenny Webb, one of the most enthusiastic bowlers at St Andrews, reached her first-ever final when she, Ann Campbell and Meg Favis won their triples semi.

The other winning semi-finalists were Carolina Venn, Judy Forse and Jill Bishop. Skip Bishop, a new member this year, will also be competing in her first St Andrews final.

Saints’ Rebecca McMillan was a member of the Somerset team who lost by eight to Sussex in the semi-finals of the Bowls England two-rink Walker Cup at Leamington.

McMillan’s rink won by 11, but the other Somerset rink lost heavily, ending their defence of the trophy they won last year. Sussex won the final, beating Yorkshire.

Despite only winning on one rink, Clarence Ladies managed to scrape home in this Weston & District League match mainly because of the efforts of Lyn Leigh and Sarie Pritchard skipped by Mary Davison who were nine up after four ends.

Over the next seven ends, Victoria slowly chipped away at the lead and by the 11th they were just five behind, but Clarence took three of the next four ends taking the lead back to a healthy 10 with two to play.

Victoria took the final two ends and four shots, giving Clarence a six-shot victory.

Clarence Ladies 48, Victoria 46: S Searle, C Hooper, V Collicott 16-17; S Scoins, P Burrough, R Jones 13-16; L Leigh, S Pritchard, M Davison 19-13.

An exciting game at Long Ashton in the North Somerset Triples League saw Winscombe Ladies win by just one shot thanks to the captain’s rink winning decisively.

A three picked up on the last end by Angela Ainsworth’s rink could be seen as the game winner.

Winscombe Ladies 42 (6), Long Ashton 41 (4): A Pow, L Coombe, S Lowman 10-17; T Miles, C Bryant, A Ainsworth 9-20; C Hopes, S Nash, M Adams 23-4.

In the other NSTL match against Portishead RBL, Winscombe won on one rink to pick up two points, but lost overall by 18 shots.

Winscombe Ladies 33, Portishead RBL 51: S Caddy, A Ainsworth, S Lowman 12-18; C Hopes, S Lowis, M Adams 7-22; T Miles, L Parfitt, C Bryant 14-11.

The Iris Owen Trophy match second leg at Winscombe was always going to be difficult for Winscombe as St Andrews had won the first leg by a big margin. Winscombe put up a good fight and all rinks were tight, with Sarah Lowman’s rink winning by five shots. Unfortunately St Andrews got a hot shot on the penultimate end on rink one to seal the game in St Andrews favour.

Winscombe Ladies 54, St Andrews 65: C Hopes, M Sprouting, C Bryant 16-30; M Adams, S Nash, S Lowis 14-16; T Miles, P Burns, S Lowman 24-19.

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