Banwell bowlers receive their trophies at presentation evening

PUBLISHED: 14:51 31 October 2018

Cath Heal.

Cath Heal.


Members of Banwell Bowls Club gathered at Worlebury Golf Club for their annual dinner and presentation evening.

After a reasonably successful season, members of Banwell Bowls Club gathered at Worlebury Golf Club for their annual dinner and presentation evening.

This year the presentations were carried out by Lionel Slatter, past president of Somerset County Bowls Association.

John Davies became men’s champion and Cath Heal the ladies’ champion for the 2018 season, but special mention must go to captain Phil Villis, who had a good season winning four trophies.

Winners - men’s champion: John Davies; ladies’ champion: Cath Heal; men’s handicap: Phil Villis; men’s two-wood singles: Phil Villis; veterans: Graham Millard; novices: John Amos; beginners: Dave Mabbutt; open pairs: Mike Davies and Phil Villis; men’s pairs: Leigh Bean and Phil Villis; ladies’ pairs: Joy Lane and Martina Garfield; men’s two-wood pairs: T Hyde and A Vickery; rinks competition: Dave Mabbutt, Terry Brice, Lee Pheasant and Hilary Guckian; triples competition: Mac Kirby, Alan Ciockayne and John Davies; umbrella competition: Graham Spittles; clubman of the year: Harry Woodards; most improved player: Mal Laycock.

St Andrews progressed in two national competitions after widely-contrasting matches at the weekend.

The ladies’ Yetton Trophy game against North Petherton could not have been closer, being decided only after an extra end.

For most of the game, Saints looked set for a safe passage through. Ann Campbell’s home rink, who had a seven on one end, were always in command, winning by 20, and Meg Favis’s other home four kept their noses in front until the final, stages going down by two.

Away, Pam Barnbrook’s quartet, including debutant Mavis Adams, were up against it. But Becky McMillan’s four were drawing 17-17 with three ends to play when Saints’ overall lead was 11.

Then disaster struck, as McMillan’s rink dropped 10 shots in two ends, including a seven on end 20. With the other three rinks finished, Saints’ skip Barnbrook needed a two on the last to force the extra end. With tension high, she came up with the goods and McMillan’s rink had to play the extra end.

It looked like curtains for Saints, as North Petherton held three shots with only the skips’ woods to come. Then Becky McMillan played a perfect shot, hitting one of Sue Sinclair’s bowls just hard enough for it to get the shot and put Saints through.

In the next round on November 17, they will play either Taunton Vivary or Minehead.

St Andrews Ladies 79, North Petherton 78 – home: J Bishop, M Pattenden, J Pitman, A Campbell 30-10; M Wride, B Goddard, B Huggett, M Favis 16-18. Away: J Forse, S Sinclair, A Powell, R McMillan 20-27 (after extra end); C Venn, M McMillan, M Adams, P Barnbrook 12-22.

On Sunday, St Andrews were far too strong for local rivals Victoria in the mixed Egham Trophy, winning by 60 shots when their opponents conceded halfway through the afternoon play.

In the morning, a fourth-end seven set Don Bailey’s home rink on the way to a 23-shot victory in which they played some outstanding bowls. Away, Mike Stocker, on the Victoria rink where he used to reign supreme, skipped his St Andrews team to a 16-3 lead after 10 ends and a 12-shot advantage at the end.

With Saints 35 shots ahead before the afternoon home and away rinks, Victoria had little chance. Colin Heal’s away Victoria rink led 3-0 after the first end, but failed to score again before conceding after 10 ends at 3-20 down.

Saints’ afternoon away rink, skipped by Darrell Johnston, led 8-1 after five ends and when their opponents capitulated after 10 ends, the visitors were eight shots clear.

In the next round on November 11, Saints will face a much tougher proposition, Bristol.

St Andrews 94, Victoria 34 – home: Carolina Venn, Marie McMillan, K Curtis, D Bailey 36-13; Rebecca McMillan, Ann Campbell, S Davies, B Forse 20-3 (10 ends only). Away: Pam Barnbrook, Jackie Pitman, G Webber, M Stocker 25-13; Judy Forse, Sue Sinclair, P Villis, D Johnston 13-5 (10 ends only).

Saints’ talented 17-year-old Sam Stocker had an excellent game for Somerset as they lost by 30 shots against Dorset at Poole on Saturday in the inter-county Liberty Trophy. He played at lead for one of the only two Somerset rinks to win.

Sam’s dad Lee had up pull out of the match just before the start after hurting his back while getting changed. He also missed Saints’ Egham Trophy match against Victoria.

Jill Bishop and Darrell Johnston became the third Saints’ team to progress in the EIBA mixed pairs when their Taunton opponents gave them a walkover last week.

In an Egham Trophy match on a two+two basis against St Andrews, remarkably Wedmore won both away rinks but lost both home rinks by big margins and so went down 61 shots to 100.

Colin Moss’ side took the lead on end three with a five score but were caught on end seven, retook the lead on end eight and promptly lost it on the next end.

The second half was very close on scores but that hides the fact that Wedmore won eight of 11 ends and, with excellent timing, drew level on end 20, scored one at the last to win.

Steve Healey’s team suffered a loss of six on the first end, were only one shot behind by end six but then fell away to a seven shot deficit at end 10.

The climb back was topped by taking the last four ends with the requisite three on the last end. Ron Barron and Ray Newell each won only eight ends on their rinks and lost heavily.

Wedmore 61, St Andrews 100: J Collins, AM Wilkinson, D Collins, C Moss 21-19; P Jenkins, M Hordle, C Panchaud, S Healey 18-16; B Disbrey, T Newell, M Batchelor, R Barron 12-25; J Collingwood, L Hamblin, J Runciman, R Newell 10-40.

A mixed friendly away to North Petherton resulted in one rink each and a close overall score of 37 shots to 39.

Skipper Maureen Hordle led her crew to a 19-18 victory, having been 11 shots behind at halfway. Alan Birch and co led most of the way but were undone by losing nine shots on the last two ends.

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