St Andrews keep winning in all competitions

PUBLISHED: 13:29 07 November 2018

St Andrews enjoyed a successful week with victories in the national Denny Cup and the Wessex League.

St Andrews maintained their winning run in all competitions with victories at the weekend in the national inter-club Denny Cup and the Wessex League.

On Saturday, they faced new Denny Cup opponents in Bridport, who had beaten Taunton Vivary in the previous round.

Three of the four rinks proved very close, but Craig Walker’s away four, with the skip and No 3 Sam Stocker in brilliant form, won by 27 shots to set up an overall victory by 28.

At home, debutant Dave Alder skipped his rink to a three-shot success, having been 4-11 down after nine ends. From that point, Saints finished up on 10 of the last 12 ends.

The other home rink, skipped by Phil Villis, raced into a 9-1 lead after five ends, were pegged back to 11-11, 16-16 and 19-19, then a last-end three earned them victory.

Away, the heroics of Walker and Sam Stocker, supported by captain Jim Keay and George Webber, produced four fours and three threes, ensuring that Saints always had a handsome lead. Barrie Forse’s quartet competed well to be 14-14 with three ends left then dropped seven in the remainder of their match.

In the next round, Saints will play the Victoria club, Street.

St Andrews 91, Bridport 63 – home: J Wilkes, M Stocker, S Davies, P Villis 22-19; K Curtis, L Stocker, D Bailey, D Alder 18-15. Away: K Uglow, R Venn, D Johnston, B Forse 14-19; J Keay, G Webber, S Stocker, C Walker 37-10.

Saints’ away rinks struggled on the new Thornbury carpet in Sunday’s Wessex League match. But John Wilkes, Tony Yeeles, Brian May and Brian Reeves were outstanding at home, finishing 22 shots up as St Andrews won by two.

Although the Reeves team allowed their opponents to win only six ends, Don Bailey’s other home rink never really got going, losing by five.

However, they picked up a two on the final end, as did Phil Villis’ well-beaten away rink. With just Barrie Forse’s away four to finish, well behind the other three, it was anyone’s game, with just a shot or two in it.

Thornbury led by one overall going into the final end. Then George Webber played their shot-wood out and Forse, keen for his rink not to lose, played two perfect woods to draw his game and give Saints victory.

Earlier, on the 12th end, the Thornbury skip had fired his nearest wood off the rink to let Forse’s men pick up a seven.

St Andrews 74 (11), Thornbury 72 (5) – home: L Fisher, C Howard, M Adams, D Bailey 15-20; J Wilkes, T Yeeles, B May, B Reeves 29-7. Away: J Keay, M Stocker, S Davies, P Villis 11-26; K Curtis, G Webber, D Johnston, B Forse 19-19.

Barrie Forse had an epic victory at Watchet against outstanding youngsters Jack Groves in the national singles. After having led 15-5, Forse found himself 16-19 down but drew on his vast experience to win 21-19.

Forse and Rebecca McMillan recovered from an early deficit to beat a North Petherton duo 19-12 in the national mixed pairs.

Sam Stocker had an excellent game for Somerset as they beat Dorset by 52-20 on Sunday in the national inter-county under-25 double-rink championship. Stocker was lead on Somerset’s home rink, who won by 31 shots.

St Andrews Ladies beat their Woodspring counterparts by 18 shots in a home two-rink triples match which was reduced to two hours at the visitors’ request.

St Andrews Ladies 30, Woodspring Ladies 12: J Webb, M Wride, M Frost 22-3; D Cooper, W O’Sullivan, S Sinclair 8-9.

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