Clarence stroll to welcome Over-60s home victory over Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 15:50 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 12 July 2017

Barry Taylor.

Barry Taylor.


Clarence Blues strolled to a welcome Over-60s League victory over Clevedon, winning on three rinks.

Clarence Blues recorded a welcome home victory in the Over-60s League against Clevedon, winning on three rinks and Clevedon dropping a rink, giving 10 shots away on the fourth.

A runaway 29-shot win by Martin Adams, Doug Grier, skipped by Mick Edlin, was the rink of the day.

Clarence Blues 110, Clevedon 64 (Over-60s League): R Rossiter, B Sweet, D Stott 17-22; M Adams, D Grier, M Edlin 34-5; A Gardiner, T Mannion, B Ballinger 20-7; T Ward, J Rogers, R Crawford 12-16; B Benn 17-14.

The Golds went down by four rinks to two thus continuing their run of losses. One glimmer of hope on rink five with Martin Harryman, Ivan Phipps skipped by Mike Scoins who, after 13 ends were just one up and proceeded to win the last five ends taking a further 11 shots.

Clarence Golds 78, Clevedon Prom 112 (Over-60s League): J Kelloway, K Marshall, P Pileggi 10-35; C Tippett, B Coleman, J Hayes 12-25; A Bishop, M Ford, M Davies 9-18; T Derrick, N Martin, D Weston 16-14; M Harryman, I Phipps, M Scoins 20-8; D Symes, M Turnbull, A Newland 11-22.

The county A team triumphed in a nail-biting match, with two of the three rinks decided on the last end. Richard Crawford’s side took two on the last end to secure a draw. Then Gerry Barlow`s side dropped a shot also on the last end to lose by one.

Rink of the day goes to Adrian Gardiner, Tony Mannion, Maurice Phillips skipped by Mick Edlin, winning by three shots despite losing the last two ends.

Clarence A 55, Congresbury 53 (County Leagu): B Ballinger, D Stott, B Sweet, R Crawford 19-19; R Smith, D Grier, B Duffy, G Barlow 16-17; A Gardiner, T Mannion, M Phillips, M Edlin 20-17.

With a clean sweep on the three rinks, the B team had a glorious win against Wrington. The best winning rink goes to Trevor Ward, N Martin and Michael Turnbull, skipped by Mike Scoins with a five-shot win despite a nervous last four ends, which they dropped six shots.

Clarence B 55, Wrington 45 (County League): B Coleman, M Peters, C Tippett, C Read 19-15; T Ward, N Martin, M Turnbull, M Scoins 20-15; A Bishop, K Marshall, M Adams, M Davies 16-15.

Victoria were successful in three cup competitions in the week, with comfortable victories against Winscombe in the Turnbull Cup with wins on all four rinks and will now play Bridgwater in the quarter-finals.

In the North Somerset Knockout Cup, Ashcombe were the visitors and suffered a heavy defeat against a confident Victoria. A win against Burnham completed the hat-trick where Victoria completed a fine 3-1 win in the 4 Dimensions competition.

Victoria Vikings enjoyed back-to-back victories in the Weston & District Triples League, following up last week’s victory with an emphatic win of 36 shots over Ashcombe Templars, securing a healthy 18 points to climb further up the league table.

Victoria collected much-needed points in the County League with a win by the B team against Portishead RBL of five shots and two rinks, earning 10 points. Although the C team lost by seven points to Ashcombe B, they collected a useful four points from their two rink wins.

Victoria 86, Winscombe 43 (Turnbull Cup): S Stocker, A Yates, C Gazzard, M Cooper 23-12; R Bromet, D Fairhurst, P Fisher, C Heal 21-10; P Wyatt, M Campbell, L Stocker, W Harrison 21-10; P Coumis, J Newman, S Davies, P Leadbeater 21-11.

Victoria 141, Ashcombe 78 (North Somerset KO Cup).

Victoria Vikings 113 (18), Ashcombe Templars 77 (2) (Weston & District Triples League).

Victoria B 61 (10), Portishead RBL 56 (2) (Somerset County League).

Victoria C 57 (4), Ashcombe B 64 (8) (Somerset County League).

After being knocked out of the Turnbull Cup, the rest of the week was successful for the Banwell teams

A close game against the Isle of Wedmore saw each side win two rinks each, but Wedmore emerged as winners by six shots.

Banwell 70, Wedmore 76 (Turnbull Cup): T Garfield, M Laycock, G Millard, J Davies 16-19; L Pheasant,T Hyde, K Burgess,D Johnston 18-17; T Burnett, P Aldus, M Davies, B Taylor 14-20; M Amos, H Woodards, A Vickery, P Villis 22-20.

In the first game of the Parrott Shield, a home and away competition, Banwell went to Winscombe and pulled off a fine win.

For the first 10 ends, the game was close, but Banwell stepped up a gear with devastating consequences and ended the game with a 48-shot advantage to take to the next game.

Banwell 121, Winscombe 73: G Millard, M Laycock, P Aldus, C Wilson 19-14; T Hyde, J Amos, M Davies, J Davies 31-11; T Garfield, A Cockayne, H Woodards, B Taylor 26-10; L Pheasant, C Coffin, K Burgess, D Johnston 16-25; V McArdell, J Rickerty,A Vickery, P Villis 29-13.

Banwell B were second from bottom of the league and desperately needed points against Portishead A.

In a closely-fought match, Banwell despite going down on two of the three rinks, achieved a six-shot victory. Kim Burgess and his rink powered ahead on the day to earn the points

Banwell 63 (8), Portishead A 57 (4): T Brice, D Mabbutt, C Coffin, M Laycock 17-20; V McArdell, G Bean, J Amos, K Burgess 27-16; P Wilfan, G Hollier, J Rickerty, A Vickery 19-21.

A very warm day, some cooling beer and some fine bowling from both sides saw Banwell emerge victorious against Yatton in a mixed friendly.

Banwell 80, Yatton 62: C Heal, M Finch, Jan Davies, T Garfield 23-11; D Mabbutt, P Mabbutt, A Cockayne, J Davies 20-14; J Bishop, G Hollier, K Smith, L Pheasant 23-15; M Garfield, C Broomhall,J Evans, C Coffin 14-22.

Barry Taylor bowling for Banwell.

Maureen Millard bowling for Yatton Ladies.

St Andrews notched up their third successive maximum-points win in the Somerset County League when they beat Clevedon Prom B by 42 shots at home.

Most of the winning margin was due to Malcolm Goddard, Jim Keay, George Webber and Don Bailey, who scored two fives and four fours in rattling up 42 shots to their opponents’ seven.

The other two rinks were very close. A five on the 17th of the 21 ends helped Barrie Forse’s team win by four. The third skip, Tony Steer, at 17-all and down on the last end, took the jack into the ditch to earn a three-shot victory and make sure of all 12 points.

Saints’ remarkable revival has lifted them to fifth in North Division One, having been second from bottom a month ago.

St Andrews 82 (12), Clevedon Prom B 40 (0): A Cooper, G Cooper, A McMillan, B Forse 20-16; G Sims, D Favis, K Curtis, T Steer 20-17; M Goddard, J Keay, G Webber, D Bailey 42-7.

Saints collected 16 of the 20 points available with a fine team performance in the Weston & District Over-60s League to beat visitors Clarence Blues, last season’s runners-up.

There was little in the match at halfway, but, between the 13th and 15th ends, St Andrews picked up a total of 28 shots to their opponents’ nine, giving them a handy lead.

They finished strongly as well, with Barrie Forse’s trio scoring a seven and a six in the last three ends. Brian May’s and Ken Curtis’s triples both snatched victory on the final end. Don Bailey skipped the fourth winning home rink.

St Andrews 121 (16), Clarence Blues 100 (4): J Keay, G Webber, B Forse 26-8; R Potter, B McLeod, B May 18-16; J Ling, G Cooper, D Bailey 26-21; R Gordon, T Ware, D Favis 19-20; N Bassett, R Wootten, T Steer 19-23; B Rogers, M Goddard, K Curtis 13-12.

St Andrews Seagulls’ hopes of reaching the regional stage of the Fantastic Fives indoor competition suffered a severe setback when they lost 7-1 at home to an impressive Clarrie Demon team.

Ken Uglow was beaten in singles for the first time this season and the rink team, 4-0 up after four of the eight ends, also lost. After the mixed pairs had also gone the visitors’ way, Seagulls looked set for a consolation triples victory, having led 9-4, but the Clarrie skip earned a draw with his final wood.

St Andrews Seagulls 1, Clarrie Demon 7 – singles: K Uglow 8-12; rinks: Carolina Venn, Audrey Powell, G Webber, B Forse 4-6; mixed pairs: Venn/Uglow 10-12; triples: Powell, Webber, Forse 10-10.

Ashcombe Park Bowling Club had a successful week in the Somerset County Bowls League.

The A team, playing Wedmore B, and C team, playing Clevedon Prom C, won all three rinks in their respective games to score maximum 12 league points each. The B team, playing Victoria C, managed a win on one rink, but won on shots total giving them a useful eight points.

In the Weston and District Over-60s League, Ashcombe’s Templars scored a win over Mark Moor on shots total, winning two rinks and drawing on a third. They were not so fortunate later in the week when they met Victoria Vikings, losing heavily on shots total and taking only one of the six rinks.

Playing in the North Somerset Knockout Cup, Ashcombe suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Victoria, winning only one of the five rinks and going down 78 shots to 141.

In their only mixed friendly of the week, Ashcombe met tourists from Bexhill. The light hearted and enjoyable game finished with the tourists as winners by 116 shots to 81.

Ashcombe A 66, Wedmore B 48: A Wilmot, M West, J Whitlow, J Creasey 22-15; W Kolasinski, S Hedges, T Cottrell, T Bass 20-16; R Powell, D Cooper, K Wheeler, J Taylor 24-17.

Ashcombe B 64, Victoria C 57: N Coombes, R Tasker, E Roberts, D Wynne 28-11; G Pople, G Mills, M Parry, E Hopkins 19-22; B Miles, M Paterson, B Benstead, J Main 17-24.

Ashcombe C 73, Clevedon Prom C 45: J McKenzie, R Smith, W Spring, D Barnes 20-14; G Tucker, M Griffiths, M Butt, A Tucker 24-19; D Cardy, P Barnes, C Vardon, A Dawes 29-12.

Ashcombe Templars 100, Mark Moor 96: L Cornford, B Underhay, L Cox 14-15; P March, W Spring, B Miles 6-20; P Barnes, G Pople, M Parry 18-18; D Underhay, N Coombes, D Williams 21-11; G Tucker, R Smith, C Vardon 15-20; R Cole, M Butt, S Andrews 26-12.

Ashcombe Templars 77, Vikings 113: G Pople, W Spring, D Carr 11- 18;M Butt, R Smith, D Williams 16-20; M Allen, C Vardon, N Coombes 11-23; D Underhay, P March, M Parry 13-22; R Salt, M Tripp, S Andrews 13-19, L Cornford, B Miles, L Cox 13-11.

Ashcombe 78, Victoria 141: D Cooper, E Roberts, R Powell, J Whitlow 21-18; G Tittle, A Cracknell, E Hopkins, K Wheeler 20-27; D Wynne, G Sansam, B Benstead, K Powell 13-21; A Wilmot, M Paterson, A Dawes, T Cotterell 18-37; M Southwood, J Main, D Carr, J Taylor 6-38.

Ashcombe 81, Bexhill 116: B Alden, S Appleby, M Bass, R Powell 8-20; M Main, R Counsell, A Dawes, A Goacher 22-18; R Humphries, J McKenzie, A Little, J Whitlow 22-14; D Barnes, C Hedges, T Morgan, A Cracknell 12-18; S Andrews, D Cardy, R Tasker, J Taylor 11-23; D Bleasdale, C Smith, L Cox, E Hopkins 6-23.

Winscombe’s men played four important games last week, winning two league matches and losing in the Turnbull Cup and in the Parrott Shield.

They played Victoria away in the second round of the Turnbull Cup and despite playing well on a fast green, were well and truly beaten by a Victoria team that played some superb bowls.

Victoria were well deserved winners taking the game by 87 shots to 43. Winscombe will now play Ashcombe next Tuesday in the Wedmore Plate.

Winscombe 43, Victoria 87: D Brown, G Coombe, P Fredersdorff, T Ellis 12-23; D Fletcher, B Paul, W Andrews, W Ainsworth 10-21; M Dorrington, L Collier, K Whatling, M Adams 10-22; G Lloyd, P John, G Neville, R Lacy 11-21.

The following day, Winscombe played against Banwell in the home leg of the Parrott Shield. Once again Winscombe seemed to struggle with the speed of the green and went down by a significant 121 shots to 73, thus taking a 48-shot deficit into the away leg.

The only consolation that the club has is that they turned around a slightly higher deficit around six years ago, so no-one is giving up at this stage.

Winscombe 73, Banwell 121: M Newing, R Kibble, M Nash, M Dorrington 14-19; G Lloyd, J Sprouting, G Neville, R Lacy 12-23; D Fletcher, B Paul, W Andrews, W Ainsworth 10-21; D Brown, G Coombe, P Fredersdorff, T Ellis 25-16; P John, L Collier, K Whatling, M Adams 13-29.

By the end of the week the club seemed to have got to grips with the fast greens, with both the A and B teams taking away maximum points in their league matches against West Backwell and Mark Moor respectively.

In the case of the B team’s game against Mark Moor, the win was by a fairly significant margin coming away with a 88-44 win.

For the A team, the match against West Backwell was incredibly close all the way with two rinks winning by just one shot each and the third by four shots (having taken three shots on the last end).

This was one of those games where a small difference could have led to the club losing all of the points rather than winning them.

Winscombe A 53 (12), West Backwell 47: G Lloyd, K Whatling, W Ainsworth, M Adams 15-14; D Brown, B Paul R Lacy, T Ellis 21-17; J Mingo-West, L Collier, S Easterby, M Dorrington 17-16.

Winscombe B 88 (12), Mark Moor 44: M Newing, A Pow, G Coombe, G Neville 27-21; J Sprouting, R Kibble, W Andrews, P Fredersdorff 33-10; D Johnson, R Fisher, M Fletcher, M Nash 28-13.

Winscombe Ladies were home to Clevedon Prom in the Wessex League, The golden girls won on all rinks and by 39 shots.

Winscombe Ladies 65, Clevedon Prom 36: C Hopes, M Howell, S Lowis, W Weller. 20-8; L Coombe, P Heal, L Parfitt, A Ainsworth 20-12; M Sprouting, P Burns, C Bryant, M Adams 25-6.

Winscombe were home to a touring club from Bexhill. It was a good close game played in good humour and Winscombe won by two shots.

Winscombe 109, Bexhill 107: D Johnson, F Bays, W Weller, R Birmingham 28-9; A Pow, L Coombe, B Weller, M Adams 22-12; P Pow, D Phillips, E Watts, R Lacy 18 -21; C Hopes, K Horner, M Newing, M Nash 20-18; T Darkin, J Smith, D Brown, L Fredersdorff 15-18; P John, M Smart, S Nash, G Coombe 6-29.

Winscombe Ladies were away to Clarence in the North Somerset Triples League. They lost on two rinks, but gained a draw on the third losing by 14 shots overall.

Winscombe Ladies 37, Clarence 51: M Sprouting, S Nash, L Fredersdorff 6-17; C Hopes, C Bryant, W Weller, 15-18; P Burns, L Coombe, M Adams 16-16.

In the fourth round of the Turnbull Cup, Wedmore men had a close match against Banwell, but came out on top with rinks two all and an overall score of 76 shots to 70.

Eddie Payne’s men were in a close fight throughout, with the lead changing five times and the scores level at end 18. Scoring seven over the next two ends put them out of reach with a solid winning score of 20-14, which proved to be the foundation for the club’s victory.

Roger Hughes’ gents pulled away from end five, scored five on end 12 and had a lead of nine shots at end 18. The opposition finished strongly with six shots over the last three ends but it was not enough to stop a Wedmore win of 19-16.

Dave Nichols’ lads started slowly but eventually took the lead on end 10, lost it on end 16 but a three score on the last end limited the damage to one shot 17-18. Colin Moss’ team were level at halfway, eventually losing 20-22.

Wedmore 76, Banwell 70: A Birch, D Stansfield, K Pettit, E Payne 20-14; I Gallop, B Cottrell, R Newell, R Hughes 19-16; C Wheller, D Collins, R Barron, D Nichols 17-18; V Matthews, J Runciman, R Thurkettle, C Moss 20-22.

In the Clevedon & District Triples League, the men did well to win away at West Backwell bringing back 12 points with rink scores three-all and overall score 114 shots to 96.

Ray Newell’s boys had an astonishing day out, winning the first 12 ends (including a six score) plus another three ends to triumph 3-3. Colin Moss and co took a while to settle down, but worked their way up to win 17-14.

After re-taking the lead on end eight, Keith Pettit’s crew built up a lead of six points at end 13, just withstood a late charge and won 17-16. A rare score of seven shots put Ron Barron’s fellows in the lead early on, but by halfway it was nip and tuck. Backwell put on eight shots over the last seven ends to defeat Wedmore 18-21.

Dave Nichols and support saw their opponents fast out of the traps which built to a lead of 11 shots on end 14. A creditable fight back scored eight shots in three ends which reduced the deficit to 17-21. Roger Hughes’ trio did not begin to score until end seven but they kept going and put on 11 shots in the last seven ends to lose 13-21.

Wedmore 114, West Backwell 96: R Bull, D Stansfield, R Newell 32-3; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 17-14; D Trow, C Panchaud, K Pettit 17-16; C Wheller, R Thurkettle, R Barron 18-21; M Batchelor, K Burt, D Nichols 17-21; J Runciman, I Gallop, R Hughes 13-21.

A bad week in the County Leagues produced three losses for Wedmore. At home to North Petherton, the A team lost in a match where much of their scoring occurred in the later stages with an overall score of 55 shots to 60 and by one rink all plus a tie.

Eddie Payne’s troops showed some resilience as they did not open their scoring until end six when they were 10 shots down and went on to win by one shot scored on the last end-20-19.

The Dave Nichols’ band won 13 of the 21 ends, but ended up having a tie. Roger Hughes and mates had a frustrating afternoon, being 15 shots behind after 12 ends, they scored 11 shots in the following nine ends before losing 17-23.

Wedmore A 55, North Petherton 60: A Birch, D Wedderell, K Pettit, E Payne 20-19; D Collins, K Burt, C Moss, D Nicholls 18-18; Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 17-23.

The B team were away to Congresbury in a match with ups and downs, with the score one-all plus a tie on rinks, but lost 54-61 overall. Clive Panchaud’s buddies scored a five on end 11 to give them a lead they never lost, going on to win 27-14.

Stuart Fisher’s side saw Congresbury run up a lead of seven shots on end 15, then came the charge to pull off a tie by scoring one shot on the last end 15-15. Roy Thurkettle’s bunch did not score until end six by which time they were 11 shots behind which proved a bridge too far as Congresbury went on to win 14 ends and the game 12-32.

Wedmore A 54, Congresbury 61: V Matthews, J Runciman, D Barnett, C Panchaud 27-14; D Trow, T Counsell, T Walker, S Fisher 15-15; C Wheller, R Bull, P Moxey, R Thurkettle 12-32.

The C Team lost 54-67 at home to Burnham and 0-3 on rinks. Brendon Cottrell and colleagues started slowly, before losing 18-20. Terry Simpson’s outfit started well, leading to halfway but when they lost the lead for the second time slipped to 17-21.

Jim White’s quartet had a gap of nine shots at end seven, but then improved to reduce that to five on end 16, only to see their opponents score a six which proved too much to overhaul and so lost 19-26.

Wedmore C 54, Burnham 67: B Back, T Bullock, P D Rees, B Cottrell 18-20; M Batchelor, D Skelton, T Shepherd, T Simpson 17-21; S Wilkinson, B Dearden, I Faulkner, J White 19-26.

In their Triples League, the ladies met Wrington at home and tied 37-all, although the rinks score was one-two. Marie Trow’s ladies took over on end four and rapidly established an 11-shot lead, going on to win 18-10.

Pam Beard and friends were in front from the start, but lost it on end nine, came back two ends later and went into the final end only one shot down but unfortunately the other side scored two to win 8-11.

Elaine Deverel’s side trailed for most of the game, managed to draw level on end 12, but had the stuffing knocked out of them by losing a five score near the end, finishing 11-16.

Wedmore Ladies 37, Wrington 37: P Jenkins, A Birch, M Trow 18-10; B Disbrey, D Gallop, P Beard 8-11; B Clark, M Barron, E Deverel 11-16.

Away to Victoria White in the Triples League, the rink score was one-two and 42-50 in overall shots. Ann Hughes and support gave their opponents a start, but caught them up on end five and went on to win 19-17.

Marie Trow’s cohort trailed most of the way but made a go of it towards the end, but went down 11-13. Shirley Wederell’s four trailed by 11 shots at one point but they persevered and reduced the loss to 12-20.

Wedmore Ladies 42, Victoria 50: P Jenkins, T Newell, A Hughes 19-17; B Disbrey, J Hunt, M Trow 11-13; J Collins, M Barron, S Wederell 12-20.

In the Weston & District League, the ladies visited Portishead when the overall score was 29-51 and 0-2 plus a tie on rinks. Pam Beard’s cast held their own and finished 11-11; Elaine Deveril’s people could not make an impression and lost 8-17, while Trish Newell’s group had a day to forget, losing 10-23.

Wedmore Ladies 29, Portishead 51: J Collins, J Hunt, P Beard 11-11; A Wilkinson, A Birch, E Deverell 8-17; P Jenkins, J Wheeler, T Newell 10-23.

On the mixed friendly scene it was win one, lose one for the club. Away to Long Ashton the score was 4-2 on rinks and 107 shots to 94. Keith Burt’s foursome progressed with scarcely a ripple, winning 15 of 21 ends and winning 22-8. Brian Aston’s lot did not get on the scoreboard until end seven and going on to win 20-14.

Once Dennis Stansfield’s pack got into their stride it was a close game with the lead changing five times to provide a nailbiting 20-18 win. Ron Barron and associates were in contention but could only take the lead on end 14 courtesy of a five score, lost it, regained it and closed out for a 17-16 win.

On Dave Collins rink they started well and had an 11-point lead on end 10, but by the last end Wedmore were still two shots up, but agonisingly saw the other side score three to lose17-18. Roger Hughes and pals held the lead for a while but then the game ran away from to an 11-20 loss.

The mixed friendly at home to Queen’s Camel was a strange brew with the rink scores at one all plus a tie but 32-53 overall. Skipper Clive Wheller and hands produced the win at the very end, 14-12, while Terry Simpson and others snatched a tie from the jaws of victory, 11-all. Joan Hunt and others crashed out 7-30.

Congresbury 73, Portishead RBL 102 (Co-operative Funeralcare Evening League): G Wilcock, P Reay, T Lewis, C Shipway 15-26; R Jones, G Stenner, R Archer, R Kirkham 11-22; B Baker, R Anniuk, D Byett, R Birmingham 12-25; R King, M Hopkins, R Becker, B Herbison 17-7; D Manning, A Fisher, M Wear, L Beck 18-22.

Congresbury 100, Portishead 98 (C&D Over-60s League): R Stewart, D Gosling, R Archer 15-17; G Andrews, J Freemantle, F Horton 11-14; B Blakley, G Stenner, D Byett 23-17; D Manning, C Edwards, A Fisher 13-22; I Beveridge, K Cole, T Lewis 20-15; D Folds, R Anniuk, P Reay 18-13.

Congresbury Ladies 50, Wessex 43 (Weston & District League): H Tranmer, E Stenner, B Huggett 12-20; J Byett, R Horton, A King 18-12; C Wilcock, C Lewis, P Baker 20-11.

Congresbury Ladies 32, Fosseway 57 (Mendip League): C Wilcock, C Lewis, A Jones 14-15; H Tranmer, E Stenner, P Baker 12-16; R Horton, W Manning, D Harrison 6-26.

Congresbury Ladies 31, Portishead 74 (Fear Cup): C Lewis, P Baker, C Andrews, A Jones 12-32; J Byett, R Horton, D Harrison, B Huggett 7-25; C Wilcock, E Stenner, A King, K Herbison 12-17.

Congresbury Ladies 46, Clarence 47 (Weston & District League): C Wilcock, C Lewis, C Andrews 21-9; J Byett, A Purnell, P Baker 15-16; W Manning, R Horton, A Jones 10-22.

Congresbury A 53, Clarence A 55 (County League): B Baker, P Reay, R Becker, B Herbison 17-20; D Manning, G Stenner, T Lewis, C Shipway 17-16; M Kimmings, M Hopkins, M Wear, L Beck 19-19.

Congresbury B 40, Wilmott Park 72 (County League): R Stewart, C Edwards, F Horton, R Archer 15-25; A Lewis, G Andrews, R Jones, R Kirkham 13-23; D Folds, R Anniuk, J Freemantle, A Fisher 12-24.

St Andrews Ladies, who completed the county Fear Cup and Southey Trophy double last season, were too strong for home team Burnham in the opening round of the Fear competition.

From 21 ahead after five ends, they led by 34 going into the 11th. After 15 ends, they had stretched this to 46 shots and the eventual winning margin was 67.

Jackie Ware’s rink had two sixes in their 34-shot tally, while Meg Favis had the biggest winning margin, at 38-5. Ann Campbell had a closer match, finishing nine shots ahead.

Saints Ladies continue their defence of the Fear tomorrow (Friday) when they are at home to Weston rivals Wessex. On Sunday, they are away to Clarence Ladies in the four-discipline Southey Trophy.

Burnham 28, St Andrews Ladies 95: C Venn, M McMillan, M Bailey, M Favis 38-5; R McMillan, A Powell, M Pattenden, J Ware 34-9; S Sinclair, D Baker, J Pitman, A Campbell 23-14.

The ladies avenged a recent away defeat by their Portishead RBL counterparts in the DRT League when they beat them by nine shots in the return fixture.

They owed their victory to Carolina Venn, Maureen Frost, Audrey Powell and Meg Favis, who, finishing 19 shots ahead, comprised their only winning rink. A four on the last end helped Jackie Ware’s team restrict their final deficit to five, the same as Ann Campbell’s.

St Andrews Ladies 58 (6), Portishead RBL 49 (4): C Venn, M Frost, A Powell, M Favis 30-11; S Sinclair, B Goddard, J Pitman, A Campbell 13-18; F Allen, M Pattenden, M Bailey, J Ware 15-20.

Victoria Ladies were involved in a derby match in the Mendip Triples League when their two teams, the Blues and the Whites played out an extremely close and exciting game.

Although the Blues won on all three rinks, the margins of victory on each rink was narrow leaving the Blues to claim the 10 points winning the match by just seven shots.

Lady captain Rose Cleeves was delighted with the performance of all players and a fixed jack competition was arranged later in the week to enable greater participation with more than 30 members attending and enjoying an excellent afternoon.

The event was won by Hannah Frye with Sue Cooper runner-up and Hillary Chesters taking third place. While the game was arranged to provide practice opportunities in a competitive spirit, Cleeves was pleased that the lady members were also able to enjoy the social benefits of bowling following the match.

Wessex Ladies won two out of the three league games played last week.

Wessex Ladies 43 (2), Congresbury 50 (8): B Hayes, J Davis, B Jones 12-18; J Hartree, E Wade, M Hawkins 11-20; P Hanson, M Davis, E Williams 20-12.

Wessex Ladies 48 (8), Isle of Wedmore 44 (2): V Gardiner, P turner, A Ward 12-20; V Edwards, J Davis, E Williams 18-9; P Hanson, M Hawkins, J Duffy 18-15.

Wessex Ladies 49 (8), Clarence Ladies 39 (2): P Turner, E Deane, P Taylor 11-15; V Edwards, J Davis, J Duffy 20-13; J Hartree, C Peart, B Jones 18-11. Friendly rink: M Milford, P Dunn, M Hawkins 17-18.

Wessex will play St Andrews in the Fear Cup tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30pm.

Ashcombe Park Ladies took part in the Doris Payne Trophy, a favourite event comprising of three two-wood games of 16 ends with a fixed jack.

Jane Sansam won with 274 points, followed by Norma Counsell (258) and Mavis Main (256).

The Fear Cup match against Clarence tomorrow (Friday) starts at 2pm. Supporters welcome. The Southey Trophy match is away to North Petherton on Monday, 2.30pm start.

Winning on one of the three rinks, Clarence Ladies took just two points of the 10 on offer in the Weston & District League encounter with Wessex.

The winning rink consisted of Shirley Scoins, Pam Hawkins skipped by Jo Mannion, this match was all square after 16 ends, but they managed to win the last two ends taking four shots.

Clarence Ladies 39, Wessex 49 (Weston & District League): C Hooper, V Jones, M Davison 11-18; S Scoins, P Hawkins, J Mannion 15-11; P Fowler, P Burrough, C Edlin 13-20.

This was a good match for the ladies grabbing nine of the possible 10 on offer. The outstanding rink of the day goes to Ann Ballinger, Pat Phillips skipped by Valerie Collicott with a 17-6 win.

Clarence Ladies 51, Winscombe 37 (North Somerset Triples League): S Searle, P Fowler, M Davison 16-16; C Hooper, J Mannion, C Edlin 18-17; A Ballinger, P Phillips, V Collicott 17-6.

One shot was the difference, but Clarence claimed eight of the 10 points. Skip Mary Davison’s side were down by one after 16 ends, but took last two ends to grab the win. The best winning rink goes to Shirley Searle, Pauline Burrough skipped Valerie Collicott with a 12-shot win.

Clarence Ladies 47, Congresbury 46 (Weston & District League): S Scoins, P Fowler, J Mannion 9-21; Ballinger, C Hooper, M Davison 16-15; S Searle, P Burrough, V Collicott 22-10.

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