Ashcombe Knights defeat Clarence to cruise into the next round of the cup

PUBLISHED: 15:27 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 09 May 2018

Roger Stewart bowling for Congresbury.

Roger Stewart bowling for Congresbury.


Ashcombe Knights enjoyed a comfortable victory over Clarence Golds in the first round of the Weston and District Over-60s Cup.

Ashcombe Knights were in action in the first round of the Weston and District Over-60s Knockout Cup.

Playing away against Clarence Golds, the Knights took an early lead which they held through to the finish. At the end, the Knights finished with wins on three of the six rinks and a draw on a fourth, with an overall 15-shot win, taking them through to the next round.

Ashcombe Knights 95, Clarence Golds 80: D Barnes, J Hornett, T Morgan 27-6; R Tasker, G Pople, L Cox 14-14; J McKenzie, M Paterson, A Cracknell 16-10; G Fews, E Roberts, D Wynne 16-9; B Alden, R Counsell, E Booth 9-24; B Underhay, G Mills, E Hopkins 13-17.

Ashcombe’s Templars weren’t able to equal the success of the Knights, drawn against Yatton in the Weston and District Over-60s League.

It was always going to be a hard game, with Yatton relegated from the First Division at the end of last season. Nevertheless, the Templars managed a win on two rinks, but lost overall on shots by 82 to 118.

Ashcombe Templars 82, Yatton 118: M Field, P March, A Freke 13-17; G Tucker, C Vardon, B Miles 17-27; D Williams, D Freestone, M Bass 9-15; K Davies, M Tripp, R Smith 16-14; L Cornford, D Lewis, S Andrews 11-30; P Barnes, D Bleasdale, M Butt 16-15.

Ashcombe travelled to Bridgwater for friendly due to the club’s open day, the side was missing some of the regular bowlers, but Ashcombe still managed some good performances winning two of the four rinks.

Ashcombe 74, Bridgwater 93: B Miles, M Bass, A Tucker, D Wynne 22-19; G Tucker, P Barnes, S Hedges, J Main 15-24; M Paterson, D Underhay, T Morgan, A Dawes 21-19; R Tasker, M Butt, J Hornett, G Sansam 16-31.

Ashcombe held a successful open day with coaching available for newcomers to the sport, combined with a coffee morning and numerous stalls, competitions etc held in glorious weather.

Highlight of an unbeaten week for St Andrews was a 13-shot away win over newly-promoted Isle of Wedmore in their first Weston & District Over-60s League match of the season.

Overall victory was secured by the triple of Jim Keay, Bob McLeod and Gordon Wride, who, with Wride in imperious form, finished 18 shots ahead.

The rinks skipped by Danny Favis and Barrie Forse won narrowly, Favis’ trio helped by a third-end seven. With two ends to go, Saints had looked like earning four more rink points, but Mike Stocker dropped a last-end three to lose by one and captain Brian Reeves conceded three on the last two ends as he went down by two.

Isle of Wedmore 93 (6), St Andrews 106 (14): D Reynolds, B May, D Favis 20-16; R Smith, G Webber, D Bailey 11-19; J Keay, R McLeod, G Wride 26-8; G Cooper, A McMillan, B Forse 17-15; G Sims, R Venn, B Reeves 16-18; R Wootten, K Curtis, M Stocker 16-17.

Dominant performances on three of the six rinks earned St Andrews a convincing victory over local visitors Ashcombe in a mixed friendly.

Mike Stocker’s four, including outdoor debutant Chris Howard, were 5-12 down after 12 of the 21 ends, then dropped only one more shot as they won by 11. A slight hiccup, in which they leaked six shots late on, reduced Darrell Johnston’s final victory tally to 14.

Danny Favis had just one shot to spare, having led by seven with five ends to go – his rink had a ninth-end six. Maureen Frost was the star as Barrie Forse’s quartet gave their opponents few chances in a 22-shot victory.

St Andrews 133, Ashcombe Park 94: R Potter, Debbie Baker, N Bassett, A McMillan 17-21; J Ling, Jenny Webb, C Howard, M Stocker 24-13; Marie McMillan, Jane Smith, T Bray, D Johnston 27-13; B Rogers, A Frost, Meg Favis, D Favis 23-22; Judy Forse, Barbara Mangan, J Keay, K Curtis 13-18; D Reynolds, Maureen Frost, Jackie Pitman, B Forse 29-7.

Saints completed a 100 per cent week by beating Eastover Park at Bridgwater in a triples friendly, played on a very heavy green.

Veteran Jim Warren, now recovered from a fall during the club tour, skipped his rink to a handsome victory. Likewise, new member Tony Bray won by 22 shots, including a second-end six, while Mike Stocker had 13 to spare in the third winning rink.

Eastover Park 76, St Andrews 98: D Reynolds, K Curtis, J Warren 24-10; A Frost, G Cooper, D Johnston 6-29; T Smith, T Ware, T Bray 30-8; K Uglow, A McMillan, B Forse 15-19; A Cooper, R Gordon, M Stocker 23-10.

Cold, wet weather failed to deter St Andrews on their Forest of Dean tour. Their first two games had to be cancelled because the green at Bells Hotel was waterlogged.

Instead, they took to short-mat indoors. Firstly, they played Royal Forest of Dean over three rinks and beat them by 26. On the second day, they split up into two teams, with Rebels winning against Wanderers.

When they did finally get outside, greens were very heavy at Ross-on-Wye and Chepstow, but both matches were won, the latter game by just three. As usual, the organisation of the tour by Jackie and Tony Ware was impeccable.

Royal Forest of Dean 16, St Andrews Tourists 42: Frid Allen, T Lay, Maureen Frost, B Reeves 15-2; Rebecca McMillan, A Cooper, Jane Smith, A McMillan 13-10; Marie McMillan, A Frost, D Reynolds, K Curtis 14-4.

St Andrews Wanderers 44, St Andrews Rebels 53 - Wanderers’ names first: Frid Allen, I Shannon, A Cooper 13, T Yeeles, J Warren, Jane Smith 22; A McMillan, Di Johnston, I Ware 12, T Lay, Marie McMillan, B Reeves 21; B Rogers, D Reynolds, Rebecca McMillan 19, Jenny McMillan, J Ling, K Curtis 10.

Ross-on-Wye 67, St Andrews Tourists 96: A Frost, Sue Harrison, G Cooper, Jane Smith 12-13; D Reynolds, K Curtis, Maureen Frost, D Bailey 23-15; Carolina Venn, J Ling, A McMillan, B Reeves 15-14; A Cooper, Jenny McMillan, Myra Bailey, W Harrison 19-16; Frid Allen, T Yeeles, R Venn, Rebecca McMillan 27-9.

Chepstow 99, St Andrews Tourists 102: Marie McMillan, T Lay, T Yeeles, D Bailey 24-9; Rebecca McMillan, A Frost, A Cooper, B Reeves 6-25; Carolina Venn, J Ling, Jenny McMillan, W Harrison 16-13; I Shannon, Di Johnston, K Curtis, Sue Harrison 14-23; D Reynolds, B Rogers, Myra Bailey, A McMillan 24-12; Maureen Frost, G Cooper, R Venn, Jane Smith 18-17.

Victoria Saxons started their league season with a game against Clarence Blues.

Despite victory on four rinks, they were not sufficient to carry the loss on the other two rinks. However, the eight points gained may prove valuable later in the season.

The run of defeats was arrested when Avon & Somerset Police were the visitors and the host ran out comfortable winners.

The first round of the NSBA 4 Dimensions was played against the team from Winscombe. Now on a roll the victors were the hosts.

Isle of Wedmore were the hosts in the first match in the Alcock National Mixed Fours Double Rink and despite the honours being share they ran out winners by five shots.

Victoria Saxons 101 (8), Clarence Blues 121 (12): R Rockett, A Shattock, M Cooper 26-14; H Whyte, R Bromet, C Heal 18-12; Carmine, B Pocock, K Holland 2-31; N Robbins, M Manning, P Lunn 9-28; M Milliner, J Smart, D Jones 24-22; M Campbell, D Williams, J Newman 22-14.

Victoria 87, Avon & Somerset Police 62: G Poolman, D Rimmer, R Bromet, D Jones 20-12; M Slavin, D Gibbs, M Campbell, D Fairhurst 28-10; R Bailey, E Harraway, G Richards, B Johnson 17-23; H Chesters, A Culpeck, E Sage, R Rockett 22-17.

Victoria 4, Winscombe 0 – singles: R Bromet 21-8; pairs; D Fairhurst, C Gazzard 22-15; triples: P Coumis, A Shattock, M Cooper 21-14; fours: D Beard, B Pocock, P Fisher, C Heal 23-18.

Victoria 36, Isle of Wedmore 41: S Newman, C Stevens, C Gazzard, M Cooper 13-23; H Frye, M Hillman, J Newman, C Heal 23-18.

In their first match of the Over-60s League of the season, Clarence Blues won this match despite only winning on two of the six rinks.

This was achieved by having two high-scoring rinks, the pick of the teams consisting of Michael Clay and Martin Ford superbly skipped by Chris Read. The first end Chris’s team took a six followed by a pair of ones as they only dropped two ends in the whole match and ran out victors by 29 shots.

Clarence Blues 121, Victoria Saxons 92: K Marshall, M Phillips, R Burrough 14-26; M Adams, G Owen, M Edlin 28-29; R Ficker, T Mannion, D Stott 22-24; B Benn R Crawford, B Duffy 14-22 D Grier, J Rogers, D Towie 12-18; M Clay, M Ford, C Read 31-2.

The Golds were knocked out of the Over-60s Cup by Ashcombe. Clarence won on two and drew on one of the six rinks.

Rink of the day goes to Bob Coleman and John Hayes skipped by Chris Tippett. Chris’s team got off to a flyer by being nine up by end five and maintained the pressure to take the match by 15 shots.

Clarence Golds 80, Ashcombe Knights 95: B Rossiter, A Bishop, S Browning, 6-27; M Peters, D Weston, M Davies 14-14; J Edwards, N Martin, M Scoins 10-16; T Ward, M Turnbull, A Cord 9-16; B Coleman, J Hayes, C Tippett 24-9; F Al-Hinai, G Andrews, B Underwood 17-13.

In a mixed friendly against Bridgwater, Clarence scraped a six-shot win with six rinks in play.In the closest match of the day, the team comprising of Pam Rolls, Carol Marshall and Martin Ford skipped by Brendan Duffy started by trading shots to be all square at the halfway point.

Brendan’s side then took the next four ends taking them eight shots clear, before managing to win one of the final six ends leaving them with a one-shot victory.

Clarence 104, Bridgwater 98: J Edwards, S Owen, K Marshall, R Burrough 19-12; T Derrick, M Rolls, S Pritchard, G Owen 11-21; R Francombe, K Southan, T Mannion M Edlin 24-15; P Rolls, C Marshall, M Ford, B Duffy 16-15; B Rossiter, N Peters, G Andrews, D Stott 22-14; V Edwards, M Peters, J Duffy, C Read 12-21.

Winscombe men have won all their friendly fixtures so far this year.

This was a week of mixed fortunes however, with wins away at Congresbury by 15 shots and at home against a strong Bristol side by nine shots. However, in the 4 Dimensions Competition away to Victoria, played on a dull cold evening, Winscombe failed to match their opponents and lost on all four rinks.

Winscombe 90, Congresbury 75 (friendly): K Whatling, A Pow, S Easterby, M Adams 24-12; B Paul. M Trenchard, G Coombe, R Lowman 8-23; J Mingo-West, R Lowis, R Fisher, A Dudley 24-9; D Brown, R Kibble, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 16-17; D Peakall, D Johnson, M Fletcher, W Ainsworth 18-14.

Winscombe 0, Victoria 4 (4 Dimensions) – singles: M Dorrington 8-21; pairs: D Brown, R Lowman 15-22; triples: G Lloyd, A Dudley, M Adams 14-20; rink: M Fletcher, P Fredersdorff , W Ainsworth, T Ellis 18-23.

Winsombe 79, Bristol 70 (friendly): B Paul, R Knight, R Kibble, W Ainsworth 19-24; J Sprouting, A Trenchard, G Neville, R Lowman 25-10; D Brown, P Cast, G Coombe, M Dorrington 17-19; G Lloyd, M Trenchard, K Whatling, M Adams 18-17.

Congresbury 103, Clevedon Prom 87 (Clevedon & District Over-60s Triples League): M Kimmings, F Horton, R Kirkham 17-11; B Baker, R Anniuk, D Byett 25-7; R Stewart, D Norman, M Huggett 17-16; G Andrews, G Wilcox, T Lewis 21-9; S Pook, R Archer, T Yearsley 11-20; J Freemantle, A Fisher, R Becker 12-24.

Congresbury 75, Winscombe 90 (friendly): M Kimmings, R Anniuk, A Collins, F Horton 12-24; S Pook, I Beveridge, R King, L Beck 14-18; M Craig, D Folds, D Manning, D Byett 23-8; B Baker, A Lewis, M Huggett, T Lewis 17-16; R Stewart, G Stenner, P Reay, R Archer 9-24.

Congresbury 95, West Backwell 63 (Britannia Windows Evening League): B Baker, G Andrews, R Anniuk, D Byett 20-12; J Freemantle, R Archer, R Kirkham, R Becker 10-21; G Wilcock, I Beveridge, R King, B Herbison 21-13; A Collins, F Horton, T Lewis, C Shipway 23-12; D Manning, M Huggett, M Wear, L Beck 21-5.

Congresbury 98, Begbrook Green 87(mixed friendly): J Craig, A Page, D Wall 11-18; A Lewis, H Tranmer, L Beck 16-18; D Davis, R Horton, D Byett 18-18; C Nunn, C Lewis, K Maynard 17-10; J Blagden, J Freemantle, R Archer 16-13; M Craig, J Byett, K Herbison 20-10.

Congresbury 76, Clevedon Prom 95(North Somerset KO Cup): S Pook, J Freemantle, F Horton, T Yearsley 11-17; A Collins, A Fisher, T Lewis, C Shipway 16-21; G Wilcock, R King, R Becker, B Herbison 19-12; B Baker, G Stenner, R Anniuk, D Byett 17-16; M Kimmings, M Huggett, M Wear, L Beck 13-29.

Congresbury Ladies 68, Long Ashton 34 (friendly): C Wilcock, D Davis, C Lewis, D Harrison 30-8; V Harding, J Lewis, R Horton, A King 18-16; H Tranmer, G Lee, C Andrews, P Baker 20-10.

Congresbury 68, Bloomfield 69 (mixed friendly): V Harding, G Andrews, J Byett, B Herbison 9-21; C Lewis, D Davis, B Baker, K Herbison 19-15; J Freemantle, H Tranmer, R Archer, P Baker 20-13; J Blagden, D Norman, C Andrews, D Byett 20-20.

Victoria Ladies continued their season with a friendly against Bristol Arrow and in an entertaining game ran out winners by 55-39 winning on two of the three rinks.

The ladies travelled to Clevedon Prom to play the first round of the Top Club event and although the shared the disciplines, they went through on shot difference.

Victoria Ladies (2), Clevedom Prom (2) – singles: M Hillman 14-22; pairs: H Frye, K Wilson 22-15; triples: B Williams, M Chudley, S Newman 16-17; fours: C Sage, C Stevens, S Harrison, A Holland 18-11.

Victoria Ladies 55, Bristol Arrow 39: R Bailey, M Slavin, C Sage, S Newman 18-10; G Poolman, S Pocock, H Frye, K Wilson 16-18; M Kelly, S Crapnell, S Milliner, C Stevens 21-11.

St Andrews Ladies began their DRT League season with a narrow home victory over Yatton.

Having been 11 ahead after nine of the 18 ends, they saw their lead gradually reduced by the visitors and had only four shots to spare at the finish.

Ann Campbell’s rink won by four, while Jackie Ware made her season’s debut at No 3 to Meg Favis, who finished one up, thanks to a four on the penultimate end. Rebecca McMillan was pipped by one on the last end.

St Andrews Ladies 46 (8), Yatton 42 (2): J Forse, M Pattenden, J Pitman, A Campbell 17-13; C Venn, J McMillan, J Ware, M Favis 16-15; M Wride, S Sinclair, M Bailey, R McMillan 13-14.

A five dropped on the last end by one rink proved costly for Saints Ladies as they went down by two against visitors Mark Moor in a triples friendly.

The home team finished strongly on the other two rinks, with Sue Sinclair picking up a last-end two for a one-shot win and Myra Bailey scoring four on the final two ends as she won by two.

St Andrews Ladies 46, Mark Moor 48: J Webb, M McMillan, S Sinclair 16-15; J Forse, J McMillan, M Bailey 19-17; J Yeates, M Wride, M Pattenden 11-16.

Ashcombe Ladies 40 (2), Clevedon Prom 52 (8) (Wessex League): N Counsell, J Hughes, R Humphries, M Tucker 10-22; M Tasker, S Hopkins, A Bass, J Wilkinson 16-16; C Smith, A Bryant, J Field, S Weaden 14-14.

Ashcombe Ladis 52, Victoria 52 (friendly): E Clark, S Noyes, L Shanks, P Wynne 9-21; P Woodland, C Hedges, A Bass, L Paterson 17-24; S Appleby, S Hopkins, J Field, S Weaden 26-7.

Ashcombe Ladies 37, Portishead 66 (friendly): J Cornford, S Appleby, R Humphries, S Weaden 16-17; C Smith, L Shanks, J Matthews, J Sansam 11-23; A Pettit, C Hedges, M Tasker, J Williams 10-26.

In this rain-affected match, Clarence Ladies took two of the three rinks. The match was stopped after 10 ends to have an early tea and with improving weather was resumed to a finish.

Ros Francombe and Vi Senior skipped by Ronnie Jones had the largest winning rink and kept a slight advantage until end 11, when they lost three straight ends and Chew Stoke drew level.

Ronnie’s ladies put the hammer down and took five of the final seven ends to take the match by five shots.

Clarence Ladies 48, Chew Stoke 33: R Francombe, V Senior, R Jones 15-10; P Rolls, S Owen, M Davison 18-15; S Pritchard, C Marshall, P Hawkins 14-19.

In this close encounter Wessex came out on top. The team of Sheila Ellis, Pat Phillips and Pauline Burrough skipped by Carol Edlin had the largest win with a 11-shot victory.

Up to end 13 there was never more than two shots between them, before Carol’s team took control by taking seven of the final eight ends to give them a comfortable 11-shot win. The match was followed by a lovely cream tea.

Clarence Ladies 86, Wessex 92: R Francombe, C Marshall, P Rolls, R Jones.18-25; S Scoins, M Southan, V Collicott 11-24; S Ellis, P Phillips, P Burrough, C Edlin 21-10; C Hooper, S Pritchard, P Hawkins, M Davison 13-20; C Cromey, P Dunn, G Hookway, J Anning, J Mannion 23-10.

Winscombe Ladies had mixed fortunes last week.

In their first Wessex League match, despite a strong result on Sarah Lowman’s rink, winning by 19 shots, they lost overall to Wessex by five shots. In their first North Somerset Triples League match they got off to a great start by winning against a strong Clevedon team by 21 shots gaining nine points, one rink drawing.

It was a cold, blustery day at The Prom in Clevedon which did not help Winscombe in the Wessex League. They lost on two rinks to one with Angela Ainsworth’s rink gaining their two points.

Winscombe Ladies 50 (2), Wessex 55 (8): M Howell, B Smart, S Lowis, S Caddy 10- 28; C Hopes, A Bourgourd, L Whatling, A Ainsworth 14-22; M Sprouting, L Coombe, P Burns, S Lowman 26-5.

Winscombe Ladies 59 (9), Clevedon 38 (1): T Miles, C Bryant, A Ainsworth 15-15; P Pow, L Fredersdorff, S Lowis 20-9; C Hopes, L Parfitt, M Adams 24-14.

Winscombe Ladies 49 (2), Clevedon Prom 64 (8): M Sprouting, L Parfitt, S Nash, A Ainsworth 22-16; M Howell, P Burns, C Bryant, S Lowman 11-21; C Hopes, A Bourgourd, L Whatling, M Adams 16 -27.

In the local derby between Wessex Ladies and Clarence, Wessex won on three out of five rinks and the match by just seven shots.

Wessex Ladies 93, Clarence 86: E Stott, A Lakey, C Peart, J Duffy 13-23; J Gardiner, T Langford, E Wade, B Jones 20-13; S Hewitt, E Deane, A Ward, E Williams 10-21; V Edwards, K Dibble, P Turner, M Hawkins 25-11; V Gardiner, N Peters, J Davis, P Taylor 25-18.

Wessex were also successful in the Wessex Ladies League match away to Winscombe.

Wessex Ladies 55 (8), Winscombe 50 (2): V Edwards, E Stott, M Hawkins, J Duffy 5-26; P Turner, A Ward, M Davis, B Jones 22-14; B Hayes, E Wade, E Williams, P Taylor 28-10.

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