Double rink victory in national event
PUBLISHED: 09:14 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 14 October 2016
A combined St Andrews/Clevedon team defeated Bristol in the first round of the national David Cornwell Under-25 Double-Rink Championship.
A combined St Andrews/Clevedon team did well to beat Bristol by 19 shots in the first round of the national David Cornwell Under-25 Double-Rink Championship.
Both the home and away rinks fell a few shots behind early on. But, once they adjusted to the fast greens, they always had the edge on the opposition.
The home four, which comprised three St Andrews’ players and Clevedon’s Grant Aldridge, a former Saints’ member, won a tight match by four shots. Away, Clevedon’s England player Laura Holden skipped a rink of her clubmates to a 23-8 victory, having been 0-5 down after two ends.
In the next round, St Andrews/Clevedon will play Mid Glos, from Gloucester, on October 29.
St Andrews/Clevedon 42, Bristol 23 – home: Luke Yeates, Sam Stocker, Rebecca McMillan, Grant Aldridge 19-15; away: Frazer Ham, Jack Fuidge, Simon Fuidge, Laura Holden 23-8.
In a mixed friendly at home to Puriton, St Andrews were pipped by one shot. Steve Davies skipped his rink to victory by three, picking up four shots on the last two ends. But the other rink dropped six on the last three ends to lose by four.
St Andrews 29, Puriton 30: Rod Smith, Dee Cooper, Sylvia Priory, Steve Davies 15-12; Cynthia Riley, Adrian Cooper, Ernie Hooper, Sue Sinclair 14-18.
This weekend will be a busy one for Saints, with the national mixed Egham Trophy against Victoria on Sunday morning, followed by a match between the club ladies and Somerset Under-25 girls, who are managed by St Andrews member Brian Cracknell. On Saturday, North Petherton visit Thirlmere Road for a three-rink mixed friendly.
Wedmore ladies finished the season with a bang, winning the county Fear Plate, after a thrilling final against Prattens.
After 21 ends across three rinks the score was equal. This required an extra end to be played and Wedmore triumphed by two shots.
The men began their indoor fixtures with a home friendly against the county Under-25 squad. This annual fixture is always interesting, not least in comparing the traditional style of the silver tops with the more extraverted style of the young men.
In a two-rink contest, the game developed in matching but opposite ways, with Ron Barron’s men building up a lead of 10-0 after six ends and still ahead by six shots after 12 ends.
On the other rink, Wedmore skipper Keith Burt’s crew set off slowly and were nine shots down by end 11. Both rinks changed impetus with the young men catching up to Barron’s team, but being overhauled by Burt’s team.
The happy conclusion was a one-shot victory for Wedmore on that rink and likewise for the Under-25s on the other, so a satisfactory tie.
In their first mixed friendly of the season, Wedmore were away to old friends North Petherton. There was a deja vue feeling as Wedmore lost, just like last year.
Mike Green’s people put up a brave fight, losing their early lead on end 10 and losing the game by only three shots. Maureen Hordle’s side were outgunned and lost by a big score.