Saints Ladies pull off excellent victory in national competition

PUBLISHED: 14:58 05 December 2018

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Saints Ladies produced an excellent victory over Taunton Deane in the National Fours competition.

Saints Ladies pulled off a remarkable win in the National Fours when drawn away at Taunton Deane against a quartet of their leading players.

Experts gave them little chance in the contest yet Judy Forse, Jill Bishop, Meg Favis and Becky McMillan were in sparking form and recorded the win by a single shot.

Meanwhile, Barrie Forse was clocking up the mileage. First he travelled to Watchet in the latest round of the National Two Woods and proved to strong for young Ryan Hooper who lost out by 21 shots to 16. Later in the week he was at Minehead winning again in the Over-60 Singles.

Mixed matches between St Andrews and Puriton are always keenly contested, but in the latest encounter at Thirlmere Road the hosts proved too strong. George Cooper impressed in his second comeback match after a lengthy lay-off.

In the Wessex League, a depleted Saints team feared the worst against an powerful Bristol side and it was no surprise that they could only win on one rink.

Ken Curtis, Derek Hurst, Phil Villis and Sam Stocker were at Bristol and their winning margin of 11 shots coupled with gritty resistance by the remaining three rinks proved enough for a narrow victory. Improbably, Saints remain on course for the latter stages of the competition.

Entries are being sought for the Premier Threes mixed pairs competition which is to be staged again on January 4. This short version of the game with cash prizes has proved hugely successful in the past.

St Andrews 37, Puriton 21: D Cooper, M Frost, R Brereton, K Curtis 19-9; J Bishop, A Frost, G Cooper, A Campbell 18-12.

St Andrews 74, Clarrie Dunbar 70 (Wessex League) – home: R Brereton, M Adams, B Reeves, B Forse 16-16; L Fisher, B May, G Webber, D Bailey 15-16. Away: K Curtis, D Hurst, P Villis, S Stocker 25-14; G Millard, M Stocker, S Davies, D Johnston 18-24.

Wedmore men played Taunton twice in two days, winning in the County League, but losing in the Denny Plate.

At home in the league, Dave Nicholls’ men led from start to finish, rattled up a 16-shot lead by end 14, won 14 of 21 ends to seal a handsome 27-11 victory.

Eddie Payne’s side took the lead on end five, led to end 17 when Taunton drew level, but Wedmore won the game 21-17 by scoring five over the next three ends.

Away, Colin Moss’ team led throughout, bowling a five score on end 13 to gain a 15-shot lead and pressed on for a fine 26-14 win.

Ron Barron’s boys conceded six on the first two ends, but bounced back with a five and took the lead two ends later. Although the score was levelled three times, Wedmore held their nerve to win 20-18, ensuring a clean sweep of all the points.

Wedmore 94, Taunton 60: J White, B Back, R Thurkettle, D Nicholls, 27-11; P Smith, C Panchaud, J Fear, E Payne, 21-17; A Birch, J Runciman, R Newell, C Moss, 26-14; D Collins, D Brown, K Pettit, R Barron, 20-18.

The previous day, with many of the same players, Wedmore lost 71-81 in the Denny Plate, winning one rink, drawing on one and losing two.

At home, Eddie Payne’s crew were in a tight game for the first 14 ends with the lead changing five times. Then they hit the accelerator, shutting Taunton out for the remaining seven ends, to triumph 26-11.

A different fate awaited Dave Nicholls’ rink when conceding a six on end 11 left them 15 behind and going down 12-27.

Away, Colin Moss and co started slowly but they plugged away and took the lead on end 17, but Taunton finished marginally stronger to tie the game 21-all. Ron Barron’s group were in the game to halfway, but then found it difficult to score, losing 12-22.

Wedmore 71, Taunton 81: J White, D Brown, J Fear, E Payne 26-11; P Smith, M Fowler, K Phillimore, D Nicholls, 12-27; A Birch, J Runciman. R Newell, C Moss, 21-21; D Collins, B Back, K Pettir, R Barron 12-22.

The mixed friendly squad played Burnham twice with honours even. In the recent triples fixture, Wedmore won on both rinks and by 44 shots to 28 overall.

Lynda Dearden’s side went 16 shots ahead with a six score on end 13, then Burnham improved their hit rate over the next five ends to make the margin 10 shots.

Maureen Hordle’s team lost the lead on end six and couldn’t get it back until end 15, when scoring six over the last three ends enabled victory by six shots.

In the earlier rinks fixture, it was one rink each with a close finish in Burnham’s favour 39-45 overall. Joe Harris led his group to a strong second half of 16-6 to clinch the game. Bryan Tagg didn’t get a look-in after the first few ends and lost heavily.

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