Ashcombe Park enjoy successful week with just one defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:50 27 June 2018

St Andrews BC winners.

St Andrews BC winners.


Ashcombe Park suffered just one defeat out of four over-60s league matches, plus another two friendly victories.

Ashcombe Park enjoyed a successful week suffering just one loss in four matches in the popular over-60s league and two wins and one loss in their friendly games.

In the league, Ashcombe Crusaders had a comprehensive win over Isle of Wedmore, winning on four of the six rinks, losing on two rinks by single shots and with a healthy shot margin of 24.

In division two of the same league, the Knights had an outstanding week, defeating local rivals Clarence and Victoria by substantial margins.

Against Clarence Golds they won on three rinks, drew on one and lost narrowly on two, and winning by a shot margin of 17.

Against Victoria the win was more convincing. Victoria were disadvantaged from the outset by being one rink short, but the Knights proved too strong winning on four of the remaining five rinks. With the regulation 10-shot penalty against Victoria, the Knights ran out winners by 60 shots.

The Templars were less successful winning on only two rinks against league leaders Yatton and lost by 25 shots.

In the friendly matches, a one-shot win over Avon & Somerset Police and a comfortable win over Banwell were followed by a defeat to Congresbury by 10 shots.

Ashcombe Crusaders 109, Wedmore 85: G Kinsey, G Tottle, T Bass 19-15; A Dawes, T Cottrell, J Whitlow 21-9; W Kolasinski, S Hedges, J Main 18-19; F Bertram, J Taylor, D Carr, 17-18; G Sansam, B Benstead, R Powell 16-12; A Wilmot, G Wilkinson, K Wheeler 18-12.

Ashcombe Knights 109, Clarence Golds 92: D Barnes, G Mills, L Cox 23-15; G Pople, A Tucker, E Booth, 28-15; B Alden, R Counsell, K Powell 14-14; J McKenzie, M Paterson, A Cracknell 16-12; B Jones, E Roberts, D Wynn 12-16; R Tasker, G Fews, E Hopkins 16-20.

Ashcombe Knights 103, Victoria 58: B Alden, G Fews, A Little 13-15; D Underhay, M Paterson, A Cracknell 20-12; L Cox, R Counsell, K Powell 26-12; R Tasker, J Hornett, E Booth 24-10; G Pople, E Roberts, D Wynne 25-9.

Ashcombe Templars 93, Yatton 130: G Tucker, P March, M Parry 7-30; M Morley, B Miles, M Bass 17-23; P Barnes, D Bleasdale, M Butt 15-17; R Salt, M Tripp, D Williams 14-21; L Cornford, R Smith, S Andrews 22-12 D Harris, M Field, N Coombes 18-15.

Ashcombe 74, Avon & Somerset Police 73 (mixed friendly), B Burbage, P Romeo, A Dawes, T Morgan 9-18; T Romeo, S Buckley, L Paterson, E Hopkins 25-17; J Cornford, E Roberts, G Fews, D Wynne 20-21; D Jenkins, M Tasker, D Williams, J Creasey 20-17.

Ashcombe 87, Banwell 56: S Andrews, D Bleasdale, A Tucker, J Taylor 14-16; P Barnes, B Benstead, S Hedges, J Main 34-10; R Tasker, R Smith, G Sansam, T Cotterell 12-21; B Miles, M Field, M Paterson, A Cracknell 27-9.

Ashcombe 104, Congresbury 114: G Pople, M Tripp, M Paterson, B Benstead 9-24; L Cox, D Underhay, G Sansam, T Morgan 25-18; D Bleasdale, P Barnes, E Roberts, D Wynne 22-18; B Miles, J Hornett, S Hedges, T Cottrell 9-20; S Andrews, M Parry, A Tucker, J Creasey 18-19; R Smith, B Underhay, R Tasker, K Wheeler 21-15.

St Andrews completed another successful week by reaching the Somerset semi-finals of the Bowls England Tony Allcock Trophy.

Playing away to Isle of Wedmore A, they came through a tough tussle in which never more than a few shots separated the teams. Going into the penultimate end, it was all-square, but a brilliant shot by skip Meg Favis earned a four which gave her quartet a five-shot cushion, increased to six at the finish.

This meant that Barrie Forse’s rink, 8-14 down with six ends to play, but level playing the last, needed only to avoid disaster, which they did, and Saints were home by four.

In the next round, they will be at home to Ilminster A.

Isle of Wedmore A 34, St Andrews 38: Carolina Venn, Ann Campbell, Mike Stocker, Barrie Forse 15-17; Judy Forse, Danny Favis, Gordon Wride, Meg Favis 23-17.

Saints went out of another national competition, losing 1-4 at home in the Top Club to a Bristol team which included eight current or former Middleton Cup players.

Against such a star-studded line-up, which included their own indoor member Lee Stocker, Saints gave a good account of themselves in most disciplines, the highlight being Barrie Forse’s crushing victory over current Middleton player Neil Saunders in the four-wood singles.

Tony Bray, a late replacement in the two-wood singles, did well to lose by just three, while the rink, 2-11 behind at one point, went down by only four.

St Andrews 1, Bristol 4 - two-wood singles: T Bray 11-14; four-wood singles: B Forse 21-4; pairs: R Wootten/M Stocker 10-29; triples: J Keay, S Stocker, D Johnson 11-19; fours: C Howard, D Favis, G Wride, D Bailey 15-19.

St Andrews took their tally of points from their last three matches to 51 with a convincing victory over Victoria Saxons in the Weston & District Over-60s League.

They finished up on four of the six rinks, drawing another. Don Bailey’s triple scored four on the last two ends to win by one, Tony Ware had 13 shots to spare at the finish and Danny Favis, 23-3 ahead at one point, was victorioius by 16. Barrie Forse was the other winning skip, while Gordon Wride drew.

Victoria Saxons 84 (3), St Andrews 111 (17): R Smith, K Curtis, D Bailey 19-18; R Gordon, R Venn, T Ware 25-12; C Howard, T Bray, D Favis 23-7; J Keay, B McLeod, G Wride 13-13; D Reynolds, R Wootten, B May 15-22; A Frost, G Cooper, B Forse 16-12.

Saints retained the Presidents Shield at home to Winscombe, winning by 11 shots. Brian Rogers, Alan Frost, Brian May and skip Mike Stocker were the main contributors, finishing ten up, helped by a six on end 17.

Captain Ken Curtis squeaked home by one on the last end, Barrie Forse won similarly by two thanks to a three on the last and the irrepressible Darrell Johnston finished with a four to end seven ahead.

St Andrews 123, Winscombe 112: M Goddard, R Wootten, B Green, K Curtis 17-16; D Reynolds, T Bray, T Ware, B Forse 23-21; P Smart, M Dew, J Keay, S Stocker 17-22; B Rogers, A Frost, B May, M Stocker 26-16; R Brereton, J Ling, B Reeves, D Bailey 14-18; R Smith, A Cooper, G Webber, D Johnston 26-19.

On Saturday, having just played 21 ends in the Allcock Trophy at Wedmore, Mike Stocker drove straight to Burnham to skip a winning rink in Saints’ away triples friendly. The team registered a good victory, despite being depleted and having to borrow a home player.

Burnham 97, St Andrews 115: M Dew, T Bray, M Stocker 21-17; R Brereton, M Goddard, T Ware 17-21; P Smart, K Curtis, J Warren 17-20; D Reynolds, W Hills, B May 15-15; R Smith, R Venn, D Bailey 23-9; A Cooper, R Gordon, R Wootten 22-15.

Seventeen-year-old St Andrews player Sam Stocker had a successful Middleton Cup debut for Somerset as they beat Dorset at Weymouth. His rink won 24-11, while his dad Lee (Bristol) was on the rink who beat world-ranked Martin Puckett’s four 24-14.

The following day, Lee and Sam Stocker, partnered by St Andrews indoor member Craig Walker, won the £240 first prize in the Clarence Open Triples. They pipped a strong Clevedon team by one shot.

Somerset county triples: K Curtis, M Stocker, G Webber (St Andrews) 24, A Shattock, K Hall, S Heeley (Burnham) 1. Somerset county over-55 fours: P Colby (Yeovil) 21, J Keay, A McMillan, B Forse, D Johnston (St Andrews) 17.

From left: Sam Stocker, Lee Stocker and Craig Walker, winners of the Clarence Open Triples.

Victoria’s only success of the week was an excellent win against Chew Stoke in the Double Rink competition with both rinks skipped by Mike Cooper and Will Harrison winning to secure a seven-shot victory.

In the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League, the Vikings lost at Ashcombe to the Knights with John Langridge skipping his triple of Graham Robbins and Bill Nicholls to a narrow win and two points.

The Saxons fared a little better against St Andrews gaining three points from a drawn rink skipped by Colin Heal and a seven-shot win by the triple of Malcolm Campbell, Dave Sealey and Mike Manning.

Victoria C team hosted the B team from Wedmore in the County League, who pulled off a convincing win.

Victoria 43, Chew Stoke 36: P Coumis, D Wheatley, C Gazzard, M Cooper 20-19; D Beard, H Gibbs, J Newman, W Harrison 23-17.

Victoria C 39 (0), Wedmore B 78 (12): L Kelly, N Robbins, E Sage, M Manning 17-24; D Carpenter, M Payne, G Frost, G Hodge 8-25; Alan Hollier, Carmine, B Nicholls, J Langridge 14-29.

Vikings 58 (2), Ashcombe Knights 118 (18): G Robbins, B Nicholls, J Langridge 14-13; J Codrington, C Chudley, G Rain 10-24; C Cleeves, D Roberts, G Frost 12-36; D Carpenter, D Hubbard, E Sage 9-25; Alan Hollier, T Gatehouse, G Richards 12-20.

Saxons 88 (3), St Andrews 117(17): R Rocket, A Shattock, D Wheatley 7-23; M Campbell D Sealey, M Manning 22-15; M Milliner, J Langridge, D Jones 18-19; Carmine, D Williams, J Newman 12-25; N Robbins, E Sage, C Heal 13-13; H Whyte, K Holland, P Owen 12-16.

Clarence B made a clean sweep on the three rinks and took all the points against Portishead RBL C.

Rink of the day goes to Dick Symes, Alan Newland and John Atkins skipped superbly by Mike Davies. No prisoners taken as Mike’s team tore into the lead being 11 up after five ends which included a five on the second.

Portishead pulled three back over the next two ends, but the B team took the next five ends putting them 15 clear. Mike’s team took nine of the final 12 ends and ran out winners by 22 shots.

Clarence B 82, Portishead RBL C 47: J Edwards, A Bishop, D Grier, M Ford 21-13; D Symes, A Newland, J Atkins, M Davies 31-9; M Turnbull, B Coleman, C Tippett, P Williams 30-25.

Clarence Blues shared the rinks with Isle of Wedmore, but a heavy loss on one Blues rink cost them the win in this Over-60s League match.

The closest and most exciting match involved Mike Cerasoli and Dougie Grier skipped by Tony Mannion who were four shots up after four, but thereafter was never more than two shots between them.

After 15 ends it was 12-apiece and again all square after 17, then a dramatic final end shoot out saw Tony’s team take the match by one shot.

Clarence Blues 85, Isle of Wedmore 101: B Benn, B Duffy, G Barlow 13-21; M Adams, R Crawford, M Edlin 13-28; A Gardiner, K Marshall, D Stott 19-13; J Loveridge, J Rogers, D Towie 16-13; M Clay, M Phillips, B Sweet 10-13; M Cerasoli, D, Grier, T Mannion.14-13.

The Golds could only muster five of the 20 points on offer in this Over-60s League away at Ashcombe. The rink of the day goes to John Kellaway and Nigel Martin skipped by Chris Tippett who were 13-5 up after eight, but the Knights rallied to bring it all square after 15 ends.

Chris’ team made a decisive charge for the line taking the final three ends and a four-shot win.

Clarence Golds 92, Ashcombe Knights 110: T Derrick, G Andrews, D Weston 15-23; D Symes, J Atkins, B Underwood 15-29; A Newland, M Ford, M Davies 14-14; B Rossiter, A Bishop A Cord 12-16; J Edwards, M Turnbull M Scoins 16-12; J Kellaway, N Martin, C Tippet 20-16.

Congresbury Ladies 48, Wessex 44 (WDLL): C Wilcock, C Lewis, C Andrews 12-14; D Davis, J Byett, D Harrison 12-14; J Blagden, R Horton, B Huggett 24-16.

Congresbury Ladies 64, Clarence 49 (WDLL): C Wilcock, P Baker, D Harrison 34-11; J Blagden, J Byett, A King 14-21; C Lewis, R Horton, A Jones 16-17.

Congresbury Ladies 59, Wrington 36 (Mendip League): H Tranmer, C Andrews, D Harrison 30-9; D Davis, C Lewis, A Jones 12-19; C Wilcock, R Horton, P Baker 17-8.

Congresbury 118, Nailsea 52 (Britannia Windows Evening League): B Baker, A Page, D Byett, R Birmingham 31-11; R Archer, M Huggett, F Horton, R Kirkham 18-14; A Fisher, D Norman, M Wear, L Beck 24-7; J Freemantle, M Hopkins, R Becker, C Shipway 19-16; B Herbison, R King, P Reay, B Herbison 26-4.

Congresbury 77, West Backwell 89 (Britannia Windows Evening League): A Page, M Hopkins, T Lewis, C Shipway 19-20; B Baker, R Anniuk, R Becker, D Byett 12-17; G Wilcock, M Huggett, R Archer, R Kirkham 19-21; J Freemantle, F Horton, P Reay, B Herbison 9-19; A Fisher, D Norman, M Wear, L Beck 18-12.

Congresbury 114, Ashcombe 104 (friendly): A Collins, A Lewis, P Reay, T Lewis 24-9; J Freemantle, M Craig, R Jones, C Shipway 20-25; R Stewart, D Gosling, R Anniuk, R Becker 18-22; G Andrews, C Edwards, F Horton, R Kirkham 20-19; A Fisher, D Norman, B Baker, L Beck 19-18; M Kimmings, P Hayward, M Huggett, M Wear, 15-21.

Winscombe played a mixed friendly game at Wrington which saw the hosts win by three rinks to one and by 28 shots.

Winscombe 60, Wrington 88: T Rowe, A Bourgourd, M Newing, P Fredersdorff 15-22; M Palmer, M Myland, S Nash, M Nash 19-17; C Bryant, K Horler, M Howell, L Fredersdorff 13-28; T Miles, R Lowis, S Lowis, S Lowman 13-21.

The annual President’s Shield match between Winscombe and St Andrews was played at St Andrews this year and resulted in a win for the home team.

Winscombe unfortunately arrived with one player short resulting in a 25 per cent reduction in that rink. While this did not affect the final result, and despite a massive effort by this short rink skipped by Graham Neville to win by 12 shots, the game was lost over the six rinks by 11 shots.

Winscombe 112, St Andrews 123: G Lloyd, R Knight, W Andrews, R Lacy 16-17; M Trenchard, A Pow, M Nash, R Lowman 21-23; J Mingo-West, G Coombe, G Neville, 29-17; M Newing, M Smart, K Whatling, M Fletcher 16-26; D Brown, M Myland, R Kibble, M Dorrington 18-14; A Rowe, D Phillips, L Collier, W Ainsworth 19-26.

In a home game in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League, the reverse happened when Clevedon had to drop a rink.

Unfortunately, following a severe traffic accident, some of Clevedon’s side had been caught in the resulting disruption and been unable to reach Winscombe.

This led to Clevedon suffering a 10-shot penalty and losing that rink score. On the green Winscombe won the game, before any penalties were applied, by three shots, this being again thanks to a magnificent win by Graham Neville’s rink by 19 shots.

Winscombe 105 (14), Clevedon 92 (6): T Rowe, R Kibble, R Lacy 20-24; M Newing, M Nash, R Lowman 14-16; J Sprouting, K Whatling, M Fletcher 19-14; D Brown, B Paul, P Fredersdorff 12-28; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 30-11.

As Winscombe had no Somerset County fixtures on Saturday they held a fixed jack competition on their green which was a great success.

Twenty-eight members played pairs in four matches of six ends with jacks and mats at various lengths. Each end was scored three points for the nearest to the jack, two points for second and one point for third wood.

The winner was the pair with the highest number of shots and the honour of winning this event for the first time went to Mike Newing and Mike Fletcher, who amassed 83 points.

This will now be a permanent fixture in Winscombe’s schedule, hopefully including the excellent tea and cakes served by the ladies at half-time.

Isle of Wedmore ladies hit a hot streak in form to win six league matches without loss.

In the Wessex League, Clevedon suffered a whitewash as Wedmore triumphed three rinks to nil and by 69 shots to 46 overall.

Trish Newell started as she meant to go on as her team scored six on the first end which had become a lead of seven by halfway and nine by the finish of 24-15.

Marie Trow’s rink had their share of the lead but then trailed in the second half, drew level at end 13 and again at 18 when a surge of eight shots to win the last four ends proved irresistible, 21-16. Carole Pettit’s people retook the lead on end 13 and by dint of keeping on won 18-14.

Scores: B Disbrey, FD Rees, P Jenkins, T Newell, 24-15; AM Wilkinson, D Gallop, J Collins, M Trow, 21-16; B Clark, M Hordle, J Hunt, C Pettit, 18-14.

Away to Mark Moor in the Wessex League Wedmore won two rinks and tied the third, winning overall by 19 shots.

Wedmore Ladies 65, Mark Moor 46: B Disbrey, M Barron, C Pettit, J Collingwood, 25-13; D Gallop, M Fisher, T Newell, M Trow, 25-16; B Clark, J Wheller, M Hordle, E Deverill, 17-17.

Another away win in the Wessex League came at North Petherton as Wedmore won maximum points with three-nil on rinks and by 14 shots.

Isle of Wedmore Ladies 58, North Petherton 44: P Jenkins, FD Reed, J Wheller, M Hordle, 21-10; J Collins, J Hunt, D Gallop, E Deverill, 18-16; B Disbrey, M Davies, A Birch, P Beard, 19-18.

The return match was much closer, when the adverse rink score of one to two hid an overall slender shots lead of 65-58 for a fourth victory in the Wessex League.

Isle of Wedmore Ladies 65, North Petherton 58: B Clark, D Gallop, M Barron, J Collingwood 30-11; B Disbrey, AM Wilkinson, J Collins, M Trow 19-20; P Jenkins, M Hordle, M Fisher, A Birch 16-27.

At home to Congresbury in the Weston League, it was another clean sweep as Wedmore took all three rinks and won overall by 30 shots.

Isle of Wedmore Ladies 75, Congresbury 45: J Wheller, T Newell, E Deverill 34-15; A Hughes, M Hordle, M Trow 23-15; J Collins, J Collingwood, S Wederell 18-15.

In the Triples League at home to Keynsham, the ladies kept up the good work, winning three rinks to nil and by 41 shots.

Isle of Wedmore Ladies 77, Keynsham 36: A Hughes, M Barron, J Collingwood 29-7; A Birch, M Hordle, M Trow 25-14; J Collins, T Newell, P Beard 23-15.

In a ladies’ friendly away to St Andrews, Wedmore lost one rink to two and 40-51 on overall shots.

The men had a sparkling win away at Chew Stoke in the Clevedon Triples League, winning four-two on rinks and by a massive 58 shots.

Isle of Wedmore 140, Chew Stoke 82: J Runciman, D Trow, K Pettit 25-11; A Birch, K Burt, D Nicholls 28-7; D Skelton, S Fisher, R Barron 28-10; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 20-17; T Shepherd, D Wederell, E Payne 16-17; T Simpson, C Panchaud, R Newell 15-20.

As the present cup holders, the men got off to a flying start in this year’s Clevedon Cup, winning at home against Clevedon Prom by five rinks to one and by 26 shots.

Isle of Wedmore 111, Clevedon Prom 85: A Birch, I Gallop, R Hughes 19-9; C Wheller, D Collins, C Moss 22-13; V Matthews, D Trow, R Barron 20-14; J Runciman, R Newell, E Payne 17-12;T Brown, R Thurkettle, D Nicholls 20-18; R Bull, D Stansfield, K Pettit 13-19.

In the North Somerset Bowling Association Cup, the men narrowly lost away to Banwell, winning three of five rinks but losing by just three shots.

Isle of Wedmore 89, Banwell 93: A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne 24-18; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 20-17; D Collins, C Moss, R Barron, D Nicholls 19-18; B Aston, D Trow, C Panchaud, K Burt 13-18; V Matthews, J Runciman, T Simpson, R Thurkettle 13-21.

In the Weston Triples League at home to Ashcombe Crusaders, the men lost two to four on rinks and by 24 on overall shots.

Isle of Wedmore 85, Ashcombe Crusaders 109: D Trow, T Simpson, K Pettit 19-18; M Batchelor, D Barnett, C Panchaud 18-17; T Shepherd, M Green, D Wederell 12-16; V Matthews, P Smith, B Aston 15-19; M Davies, S Fisher, T Brown 12-18; T Collingwood, J Runciman, D Stansfield 9-21.

St Andrews Ladies maintained their fine run in the DRT League, winning a close tussle by five shots away to Long Ashton Ladies.

It was their third successive victory, taking their tally from the three matches to 28 out of 30.

Fortunes fluctuated throughout the game, with Meg Favis’s rink five up at halfway, then scoring on only one of the next seven ends to trail by three entering the final end. They finished strongly to draw.

Jane Smith’s four also tied. Having been four behind after nine of the 18 ends, they were six down with four to play but saved their bacon with an excellent four on the last, making it 15-all.

A five on the eighth end brought Jackie Ware’s rink back into the game, having been 3-7 down. With four ends left, they led by five and held on to that advantage, as Saints went away with eight of the ten points at stake.

Long Ashton Ladies 44 (2), St Andrews 49 (8): J Forse, M Wride, M Frost, M Favis 15-15; J Bishop, D Baker, M Bailey, J Ware 19-14; B Goddard, M McMillan, J Pitman, J Smith 15-15.

Saints Ladies finished up on two of the three rinks in a triples friendly at home to Isle of Wedmore Ladies.

Maureen Frost won by three, despite having dropped five shots in the last two ends, while second-year bowler Jacquie Yeates played a full part in Barbara Mangan’s 13-shot victory over the formidable Maureen Hordle.

St Andrews Ladies 52, Isle of Wedmore 39: M Wride, M Pattenden, M Frost 17-14; J Yeates, J Smith, B Mangan 21-8; J Webb, S Sinclair, D Baker 14-17.

Saints’ McMillan sisters, Rebecca and Jenny, were members of the Somerset ladies’ team who beat Dorset by 17-5 at Clevedon.

On Sunday, Rebecca McMillan was the lead on a rink who finished 38-14 winners as Somerset again beat Dorset at Clevedon in the two-rink Walker Cup. Somerset won the competition last year.

Somerset county triples: C Harris, S Cridland, K Hembrow (Taunton Deane) 28, R McMillan, J Pitman, A Campbell (St Andrews) 11.

Winscombe Ladies were at home to Ashcombe in the first of two Wessex League games.

The rink skipped by Peter Burns was very unlucky to lose by one shot on the last end, while the other two rinks only lost by seven and four shots respectively.

Winscombe Ladies 55, Ashcombe 67: M Howell, P Pow, L Parfitt, S Lowman 15-22; C Hopes, A Bourgourd, M Sprouting, P Burns 24-25; T Miles, L Coombe, S Nash, A Ainsworth 16-20.

In a friendly at Victoria, Winscombe put up a good show winning two rinks to one. Sue Lowis managed to get one shot ahead and Chrissie Bryant four shots. Unfortunately, the Presidents rink lost by nine shots, giving Victoria the win by just four shots.

Winscombe Ladies 56, Victoria 60: P Pow, T Darkin, P Burns, S Lowis 15-14; C Hopes, S Nash, M Howell, C Bryant 21-17; T Miles, B Smart, A Ainsworth, L Fredersdorff 20-29.

In the second Wessex League game, Winscombe were well beaten by Wessex at Clarence Park losing on all three rinks.

Winscombe Ladies 43, Wessex 82: C Hopes, L Parfitt, M Sprouting, A Ainsworth 15-20; T Miles, S Nash, S Lowis, C Bryant 9-37; P Pow, L Coombe, M Howell, L Fredersdorff 19-25.

Wessex Ladies gained another 10 points in the Weston & District Ladies League, but a close result at Congresbury resulted in just four points.

Wessex Ladies 82 (10), Winscombe 43 (0): J Hartree, E Wade, J Davis, B Jones 37-9; P Turner, E Deane, A Crawford, E Williams 20-15; V Edwards, T Langford, C Peart, M Hawkins 25-19.

Wessex Ladies 44 (4), Congresbury 48 (6): J Hartree, E Williams, A Fewings 14-12; B Hayes, M Hawkins, B Jones 16-24; P Turner, A Ward, J Duffy 14-12.

Victoria Ladies continued their excellent form of the last few weeks with a hat-trick of wins in the week.

The Whites travelled to play Nailsea in the Mendip League winning on two rinks skipped by Sue Newman and Sue Harrison to return to Victoria with a valuable eight points to maintain their strong position in the league table.

In the Weston and District Triples League, Burnham were the visitors who were emphatically defeated by an outstanding all-round performance by all three Victoria triples securing 10 points to maintain their position as league leaders.

Victoria enjoyed a close-fought friendly against Winscombe and despite losing on two rinks, a nine-shot win on the rink of Delores Rimmer, Amanda Culpeck, Sue Sokol and Sue Cooper ensured a four-shot victory for Victoria.

Victoria Whites 49 (8), Nailsea 42 (2): M Slavin, C Sage, S Harrison 15-13; G Poolman, N Whyte, S Newman 24-15; R Bailey, S Sokol, C Stevens 10-14.

Victoria Ladies 60, Winscombe 56: D Rimmer, A Culpeck, S Sokol, S Cooper 29-20; D Gibbs, L Richards, B Williams, C Stevens 17-21; E Harraway, H Chesters, S Pocock, S Harrison 14-15.

Victoria Ladies 67 (10), Burnham 39 (0): M Kelly, S Pocock, S Sokol 18-13; B Williams, S Milliner, C Stevens 21-13; H Frye, C Sage, S Newman 28-13.

Ashcombe Ladies 46 (3), Clevedon 53 (7) (NSL): J Williams, J Field, N Counsell 15-15; M Main, R Humphries, J McInally 19-14; C Smith, M Tasker, S Weaden 12-24.

Ashcombe Ladies 47 (2), Clevedon Prom 51 (8): C Smith, J Williams, J Sansam 18-12; M Main, J Hughes, N Counsell 12-19; P Wynne, M Tasker, S Weaden 17-20.

Ashcombe Ladies 67 (10), Winscombe 55 (0) (Wessex League): L Owens, L Shanks, J Hughes, L Paterson 22-15; M Main, S Noyes, M Tucker, J Wilkinson 25-24; R Humphries, J Field, M Tasker, S Weaden 20-16.

A superb start to a busy week for Clarence Ladies saw a maximum points haul in this away fixture in the Weston & District Ladies League.

Best winning rink goes to Sarie Pritchard and Mary Davison skipped by Carol Edlin, who with the help of a couple of fives were 17 shots up after 10 ends.

Portishead hit back taking four off the next two ends Carol’s team picked up the pace to take a comfortable 14-shot win.

Clarence Ladies 62, Portishead 36: S Scoins, R Jones, P Hawkins 16-14; P Fowler, V Collicott, J Mannion 22-12; S Pritchard, M Davison C Edlin 24-10.

A second match in the Weston & District Ladies League saw another eight points and another well-earned victory.

The team of Pam Rolls and Sarie Pritchard skipped by Mary Davison was rink of the day. It was all square after the 13th, before Mary’s team burst into life and stunned the opposition by taking a three, a six followed by another three on the next three ends leaving 12 ahead and two to play.

West Backwell took the final two ends and four shots, but it was too little to late.

Clarence Ladies 55, West Backwell 48: R Francombe, C Marshall, R Jones 13-18; P Rolls, S Pritchard, M Davison 23-15; S Searle, P Fowler, J Mannion 19-15.

In their third match in a week in the W&DLL, the ladies won on two of the three rinks, but the losing rink lost heavily therefore the match.

Closest match of the day goes to Ross Francombe and Pam Fowler skipped by Carol Edlin, who were behind all match up to the 15th end where they drew level.

They fell behind again losing a one on each of the next two ends, but a three on the final end ensured a one-shot win.

Clarence Ladies 49, Congresbury 64: P Rolls, S Pritchard, M Davison 11-34; S Scoins, J Mannion, V Collicott 21-14; R Francombe, P Fowler, C Edlin 17-16.

Wrington Ladies 63, Fossway 38: B Lewis, W Tandy, J Clements 18-9; V Bourrel, D Baker, L Johnson 25-11; N Urch, V Yeoman, P Jefferies 20-18.

In glorious sunshine, with the Red Arrows (and others) soaring high above, 28 teams contested the Clarence Open Triples, sponsored by Optika Opticians.

Weston’s Mayor, Cllr Michael Lyall, opened proceedings and there was some excellent bowling on the greens - with the hot, dry weather producing some challenging rinks on which some fared better than others.

With just one game left for each section, there were several teams hopeful of taking home the money but, once all the games had finished, some had fallen at the last hurdle.

Third place went to the Victoria trio of Darren Beard, Tony Bray and Peter Wyatt, while Clevedon residents Mark Woods and John Hicks - joined by Camberley’s Will Matthews took the runners-up award.

The winners, however, by just one shot, were Weston’s Lee Stocker (who now plays for Bristol), Craig Walker of Victoria and young Sam Stocker of St Andrews, fresh from his Somerset debut in the Middleton Cup.

Clarence’s next open event is the mixed gala fours on August 19. Entries are still open and forms can be downloaded via the website at:

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