St Andrews through to the next round of Top Club event after extra end

PUBLISHED: 13:51 06 June 2018

Winscombe Bowls Club in the rain.

Winscombe Bowls Club in the rain.

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St Andrews defeated Portishead RBL in the preliminary round of the Bowls England Top Club competition after an extra-end victory.

A brilliant, “guided-missile” shot from triples skip Darrell Johnston earned St Andrews an extra-end victory away to Portishead RBL in the preliminary round of the Bowls England Top Club competition.

After Ken Uglow, in only his second outdoor match of the season, had won the two-wood singles, the Saints’ pair and four slipped well behind, while Barrie Forse was involved in a marathon four-wood singles tussle with RBL captain Steve Secker.

It looked ominous for the triple, as they dropped a six on the seventh end to trail by five. However, they won the next seven ends to lead by five into the closing stages.

At this point, the pair and four had both lost heavily, while Forse was level. If he and the triple could win, Saints, from County League North One, would beat Premier One team RBL.

Forse duly won 21-18 after 27 ends. But RBL’s triple scored five on the last two ends to level their game, meaning that Jim Keay, Brian Reeves and Darrell Johnston had to play an extra end to decide the overall outcome.

Two excellent woods by Reeves gave the visitors shot. Then, when the RBL No 2 trailed the jack, victory looked likely for the home team. With his final bowl, Johnston, a firing specialist, took out the shot wood, as well as two other RBL bowls, to give Saints shot and the home skip could not reply.

Portishead RBL 2, St Andrews 3 - two-wood singles: K Uglow 17-13; four-wood singles: B Forse 21-18; pairs: S Stocker/M Stocker 8-23; triples: J Keay, B Reeves, D Johnston 19-18 (after extra end). Fours: R Venn, D Favis, D Bailey, G Wride 10-34.

By contrast, two days later, St Andrews made an ignominious exit from the Weston Over-60s League KO Cup when they lost by 20 away to Nailsea, who play a division below them.

Saints were gifted 10 shots when a home player failed to turn up. But two of what had looked their strongest rinks on paper crashed by a total of 53 shots and the three winning triples could not make up the deficit.

George Cooper, Tony Ware and Barrie Forse scored a six on the last end to finish 22 ahead, while Don Bailey won by 12. Jim Warren’s trio, playing against the man-short pair, won by 17, but were allowed only a 10-shot advantage under league rules.

Nailsea 105, St Andrews 85: R Smith, R Venn, B Reeves 10-21; J Ling, G Webber, D Bailey 20-8; J Keay, B McLeod, J Warren 10-0; G Sims, K Curtis, M Stocker 6-29; G Cooper, T Ware, B Forse 34-12; K Uglow, B May, G Wride 5-35.

A hot-shot eight by Rod Smith, Derek Reynolds, captain George Webber and Brian Reeves was the highlight of St Andrews’ 17-shot victory over Welsh tourists Pontyclun.

The Reeves four were not one of Saints’ three winning rinks, losing by one despite the hot-shot. Darrell Johnston’s rink, including inexperienced father and son Marcus and Harvey Dew, were victorious by 19, as were Brian May’s rink, who had a 17th-end six. Mike Stocker skipped the other winning rink.

St Andrews 100, Pontyclun 83: R Smith, D Reynolds, G Webber, B Reeves 20-21; H Dew, M Dew, B Forse, D Johnston 28-9; B McLeod, J Ling, I Lamb, D Favis 9-31; G Sims, N Bassett, G Cooper, B May 27-8; M Goddard, T Bray, K Curtis, M Stocker 16-14.

Five St Andrews players had to make the difficult switch from slow outdoor greens to the fast indoor surface when they took on Clarrie Demons at home in their first match of the EIBA Fantastic Fives competition.

Acclimatisation was difficult, but they nearly won the game against five indoor specialists from Clarrie Dunbar. Having lost the fours and drawn the singles, they needed to win both the pairs and triples to be victorious overall.

Andy McMillan, in his first game since major surgery, was excellent as he and Barrie Forse ran away with the pairs. Lee Stocker’s triple were level playing the last end and holding until the Clarrie skip drew the shot with his last wood to end Saints’ hopes.

St Andrews 3, Clarrie Demons 5 – singles: B Forse 7-7; fours: J Forse, A McMillan, R McMillan, L Stocker 6-8; pairs: A McMillan/B Forse 20-3; triples: J Forse, R McMillan, L Stocker 9-10.

Victoria had a quiet week with just two competitive games in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League.

The Saxons travelled to Wedmore and had to return home with just the consolation of four points from the two winning triples skipped by Mike Cooper and Don Wheatley.

The Vikings however returned from Burnham without any consolation after suffering a comprehensive defeat on a heavy and difficult green, made worse by the constant showers.

The friendly squad raised cheers with an away win at Bristol Arrow losing just the one rink with the top scoring rink led by Les Kelly with Nigel Robbins, John Langridge and skip John Newman.

Victoria’s mixed squad played three games in the week all of which were closely contested. Home to Barnwood produced an even game of three rink wins each with the top scoring rink led by Gill Poolman with Fiona Waters, Hugh Gibbs and John Newman.

Visitors from Wales, Pontyclun, won three of the five rinks to claim victory by three shots.

The team travelled to Wells in another five-rink game which was again close with a narrow win of one shot by Victoria, courtesy of three rinks skipped by John Smart, Chris Stevens and Margaret Hillman.

Victoria Saxons 86 (4), Wedmore 99 (16): P Lunn, H Whyte, M Cooper 17-15; N Robbins, K Holland, J Smart 11-24; B Pocock, D Sealey, M Manning 13-14; Carmine, R Bromet, D Wheatley 17-11; M Milliner, M Campbell, D Jones 13-18; D Hubbard, D Williams, J Newman 15-17.

Victoria Vikings 55 (0), Burnham 97 (20): G Robbins, G Frost, E Sage 21-26; A Hollier, D Roberts, B Johnson 9-31; L Kelly, D Marsh, G Hodge 11-25; B Nicholls, A Waygood, J Langridge 14-15.

Victoria 78, Bristol Arrow 63: D Hubbard, B Nicholls, R Bromet, J Smart 16-16; L Kelly, N, Robbins, J Langridge, J Newman 25-13; M Campbell, M Milliner, D Jones, B Pocock 19-20; A Waygood, D Williams, E Sage, M Cooper 18-14.

Victoria 111, Barnwood 102 (mixed friendly): H Chesters, B Williams, E Sage, R Rockett 22-13; C Cleeves, S Cooper, J Smart, C Stevens 16-21; D Hubbard, R Cleeves, C Sage, K Wilson 15-21; G Poolman , F Waters, H Gibbs, J Newman 26-9; D Gibbs, R Bailey, M Milliner, S Newman 19-14; S Milliner, E Harraway, R Bromet, M Cooper 15-24.

Victoria 71, Pontyclun 74 (mixed friendly): D Gibbs, H Frye, M Campbell, D Jones 9-16; D Beard, M Kelly, P Wyatt, C Stevens 18-15; M Payne, D Hubbard, R Cleeves, M Cooper 16-18; R Bromet, F Payne, G Richards, S Cooper 17-8; B Williams, L Kelly, F Waters, H Gibbs 11-17.

Victoria 86, City of Wells 85 (mixed friendly): M Kelly, M Milliner, C Sage, J Newman 20-26; S Milliner, B Nicholls, K Wilson, J Smart 17-16; M Slavin, C Coumis, S Sokol, B Pocock 12-19; L Kelly, J Langridge, S Newman, C Stevens 16-14; S Crapnell, S Pocock, E Sage, M Hillman 21-10.

With the club starting its annual tour at the end of the week, there were a limited number of fixtures at Ashcombe Park.

In the Weston and District Over-60s League, Ashcombe’s Templars were at home to Clevedon Prom. Despite winning four of the six rinks giving them a useful eight league points, Templars were unable to add to their total.

Ashcombe Templars 93, Clevedon Prom 101: S Andrews, M Paterson, A Freke 23-11; P Barnes, D Lewis, M Butt 20-18; G Tucker, M Field, M Bass 20-11; M Allen, C Vardon, B Miles 14-27; D Harris, L Cornford, N Coombes 3-22; B Benstead, R Salt, R Smith 13-12.

Ashcombe were hosts to a mixed side from Bedfordshire-based Linslade, playing four rinks on each of Ashcombe’s greens, and despite the poor weather conditions, all had an enjoyable game.

With the rain getting heavier, the game was eventually abandoned at 18 ends with Linslade emerging as the winners.

Ashcombe 126, Linslade 133: D Jenkins, M Parry, S Weaden, J Main 13-24; G Tucker, C Hedges, G Tottle, J Whitlow 11-19; A Freke, S Noyes, A Dawes, B Miles 16-21; M Main, G Pople, S Hedges, J Creasey 18-14; T Romeo, M Tasker, D Wynne, K Powell 12-18; R Cox, B Underhay, P Wynne, K Wheeler 19-16; M Morley, R Humphries, D Barnes, E Hopkins 14-16; P Romeo, D Underhay, T Morgan, A Cracknell 23-15.

In this annual fixture for the Jim McClelland Trophy, Clarence came off second best by 13 shots against St Andrews.

The best scoring rink of the three winning rinks of Clarence goes to Mike Clay, Doug Grier and Tony Mannion skipped by Don Towie, who were level pegging after seven ends when Don’s team accelerated away by taking the next five ends and 11 shots.

A two was dropped on end 12 and in the nine-end run-in, Don’s team only dropped two and ran out winners by 16 shots.

Clarence 119, St Andrews 132: M Adams, J Whitehouse, G Owen, M Edlin 21-14; J Edwards, A Newland, P Williams, C Read 15-29; A Bishop, G Andrews, K Marshall, R Burrough 18-23; B Rossiter, B Ballinger, A Corbett, D Stott 14-27; B Benn, J Loveridge, R Crawford, G Barlow 24-20; M Clay, D Grier, D Towie 31-15.

This match played in high spirits was a close encounter with Clarence just losing out to touring side Abertillary. Rink of the day Adrian Gardiner, Ros Francombe and Alan Newland skipped by Chris Read, who were all square after 15 ends, then Chris’ team changed up a gear taking the final six ends and won by an impressive 13 shots.

Clarence 85, Abertillary 92: S Scoins, V Gardiner, T Mannion, R Burrough, 11-18; B Rossiter, P Hawkins, G Owen, B Duffy 15-18; M Darcy, J Edwards, M Turnbull J Duffy 23-11; A Gardiner, R Francombe, A Newland, C Read 27-14; J Kellaway, M Cerasoli, M Ford, M Scoins 9-31.

Clarence continued with their winless season with an away loss to Bristol, taking no points by losing on all three rinks.

Clarence B 41, Bristol B 70: T Derrick, A Bishop, D Grier, M Ford 11-22; M Turnbull, B Coleman, C Tippett, S Browning 15-20; M Peters, J Edwards, A Newland, M Scoins, 15-27.

Congresbury A 52, Williton 55 (County League): A Fisher, R King, R Becker, B Herbison 13-21; M Kimmings, T Lewis, M Wear, C Shipway 23-15; B Baker, I Morton, D Byett, R Birmingham 16-19.

Congresbury 3.5, St Annes 1.5 (Top Club): I Morton, T Lewis, R Becker, L Beck 37-5; G Wilcock, D Byett, R Birmingham 17-15; R King, B Herbison 22-19; A Fisher 13-13 (two wood); C Shipway 20-22 (four wood).

Congresbury 82, Clevedon 74 (Britannia Windows Evening League): G Wilcock, P Reay, R Archer, R Kirkham 16-12; B Baker, R Anniuk, D Byett, R Birmingham 17-19; R Jones, J Freemantle, R Becker, B Herbison 18-17; A Fisher, D Norman, M Wear, L Beck 16-12; M Kimmings, F Horton, T Lewis, C Shipway 15- 14.

Congresbury Ladies 3.5, Purnell 0.5 (Top Club): D Harrison 21-15; C Wilcock, A Jones 16-16; J Blagden, A King, K Herbison 21-18; J Byett, C Lewis, R Horton, P Baker 22-15.

Congresbury Ladies 45, Isle of Wedmore 39 (Mendip League): C Lewis, R Horton, D Harrison 12-16; H Tranmer, J Byett, P Baker 14-9; C Wilcock, C Andrews, B Huggett 19-14.

Congresbury 99, Linslade 92 (mixed friendly): L Storey, A Lewis, P Reay, R Archer 16-14; D Norman, H Hopkins, A Jones, L Beck 22-14; J Freemantle, D Manning, R Jones, K Herbison 18-10; B Baker, G Stenner, M Hopkins, B Huggett 18-20; H Tranmer, B Blakley, R Horton, C Shipway 11-21; D Gosling, D Davis, J Byett, R Kirkham 14-13.

Congresbury 82, Wedmore 83 (C&D Over-60s League): R Stewart, D Manning, R Becker 18-15; G Andrews, R Jones, M Huggett 13-10; A Lewis, F Horton, A Fisher 9-21; C Edwards, G Stenner, D Byett 19-15; B Baker, R Anniuk, R Birmingham 11-10; I Beveridge, M Hopkins, R Kirkham 12-13.

Wedmore men won at home to Winscombe in the Weston Triples League, when the rinks score was two-all plus two ties, but the overall score was 94 shots to 87.

Wedmore 94, Winscombe 87: C Wheller, I Gallop, D Stansfield 25-12; V Matthews, I Faulkner, R Hughes 23-10; D Trow, B Cottrell, K Pettit 17-17; M Batchelor, T Simpson, D Wederell 13-13; R Bull, M Green, R Newell 11-15; T Counsell, D Collins K Burt 15-20.

In the County League Premier 1, the men had two away games and came back empty-handed. Against Bath A, the score was 0-3 on rinks and 47-67 on overall shots.

Wedmore 47, Bath A 67: A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne 14-15; B Aston, D Collins, C Moss, D Nicholls 14-24; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 18-29.

Against Watchet A, Wedmore lost on all three rinks with the overall score 39 shots to 81.

Wedmore 39, Watchet A 81: T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 16-20; D Collins, C Moss, R Barron, D Nicholls 13-29; A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne 10-32.

The B and C teams played each other in the County League when B side won two rinks and one tied, overall score 65-45.

C skipper Dennis Stansfield led his team to what might have been a win, leading for 18 ends, two behind at 20 and securing the one for a tie.

Keith Burt’s troops were also disappointed, having led to end 10, two behind at end 18 but lost four shots over the last three end, so 16-22.

Jim White and co were hoeing a harder row, starting slowly, then battling to be in contention but couldn’t hold the B’s scoring rate in the second half so lost 12-26.

Wedmore B 65, Wedmore C 45: P Tinknell, D Skelton, T Shepherd, D Stansfield 17-17; D Luke, M Davies, I Faulkner, K Burt 16-22: T Counsell, N Fowler, S Young, J White 12-26.

In the Weston Triples League at home, Wedmore enjoyed winning by four rinks to two and 99 shots to 87 overall against Victoria Saxons.

Wedmore 99, Victoria Saxons 87: D Trow, B Cottrell, K Pettit, 24-11; T Collingwood, I Gallop, R Thurkettle 18-14; V Matthews, D Collins R Newell 17-15; T Counsell, J Runciman, R Barron 14-13; C Wheller, M Green, R Hughes 15-17; D Skelton, D Barnett, T Brown 11-17.

A deluge curtailed play at an away fixture in the Clevedon Triples League at Congresbury, but the result stood - 2-4 on rinks and 84-82 overall.

Wedmore 84, Congresbury 82: V Matthews, D Collins, Moss 21-9; C Weller, I Gallup, D Nicholls 13-12; R Bull, T Brown, R Barron 10-11; J Runciman, A Birch, R Hughes 10-13; D Trow, R Thurkettle, K Pettit 15-18; R Grant, J White, D Wederell 15-19.

The ladies won away to Victoria in the Triples League, one to two on rinks and 53-51 overall.

Wedmore Ladies 53, Victoria 51: P Jenkins, D Gallop, T Newell 24-11; A Birch, J Hunt, S Wederell 16-17; AM Wilkinson, J Collins, J Collingwood 13-23.

Away to West Backwell in the Weston Triples League the ladies lost one-two on rinks and 40 shots to 47 overall.

Wedmore Ladies 40, West Backwell 47: D Gallop, M Hordle, J Collingwood 22-13; P Jenkins, A Birch, E Deverill 9-14; B Clark, C Pettit, M Trow 9-20.

In a match restricted to 15 ends, the ladies lost at home to Congresbury in the Triples League, one to two on ends and 39-45 shots overall.

Wedmore Ladies 39, Congresbury 45: AM Wilkinson, J Hunt, E Deverill 16-12; B Disbrey, M Hordle, J Collingwood 9-15; M Barron, A Birch, T Newell 14-19.

At home to Wessex in the Wessex Ladies League, Wedmore lost on all three rinks and by 37 shots to 65 overall.

Wedmore Ladies 37, Wessex 65: B Disbrey, A Birch, J Collingwood, E Deverill 16-19; J Collins, M Barron, T Newell, P Beard 14-20; P Jenkins, J Weller, J Hunt, M Hordle 7-26.

In the mixed and enthusiastically contested Mark Moor Cup, it was Wedmore’s turn to host and won narrowly with three all on rinks and 115-112 overall.

In a mixed friendly at home against a touring side from Plymstock, Wedmore won by four rinks to one plus a tie and 129-109 overall.

Away to Somerton, the mixed friendly squad did well to win by three rinks to one and by 11 shots overall. Jenny Collingwood and support breezed through to win by nine shots.

After the first end Trish Newell’s team were never behind and duly delivered by five shots, as did Terry Simpson’s team with Alan Birch’s rink losing by eight shots.

Winscombe entertained two tourist sides and Portishead in a dramatic game which was eventually abandoned.

Winscombe started the week by welcoming a seven-rink tourist side from Churchdown in Gloucester.

The match proved to be both a friendly and competitive game with the visitors coming out on top winning by 11 shots.

Winscombe 107, Churchdown 118: M Newing, A Bougourd, D Peakall, G Neville 25-19; J Mingo-West, L Coombe, L Collier, G Coombe 11-18; T Darkin, A Pow, R Fisher, S Caddy 10-22; R Knight, S Nash, M Nash, M Dorrington 15-19; M Sprouting, R Reason, J Sprouting, M Adams 10-22; P Pow, Chris Bryant, Chrissie Bryant, W Ainsworth 19-12; M Trenchard, P Burns, D Brown, Mike Adams 17-16.

The second match of the week was also against a tourist side from Linslade, Bedfordshire, which Winscombe won comfortably by 50 shots.

Winscombe 130, Linslade 80: J Mingo-West, L Coombe, K Whatling, G Coombe 14-17; P Pow, D Phillips, C Bryant, W Ainsworth 13-26; M Newing, T Rowe, S Lowman, R Lowman 23-10; R Knight, L Parfitt, M Nash, M Dorrington 33-7; D Brown, T Darkin, M Adams, Mike Adams 39-4, C Hopes, A Pow, M Myland, L Fredersdorff 8-16.

The match against Portishead in the Weston and District Over-60s League was abandoned after 10 ends as the green rapidly turned into a swimming pool.

Earlier the match had been delayed by 45 minutes due to another downpour which saw the green flooded. However, the wonderful drainage at Winscombe got the match underway and the home side were leading by one shot at the abandonment. The last eight ends will now be played on June 15 to complete the fixture. Greenkeeper and

With no county league games last week, Winscombe travelled to Norwest where the home side had been on a winning run.

Winscombe raced off to an impressive start on two rinks with Robin Lowman’s rink amassing 17 shots without response in the first nine ends and Wilf Ainsworth’s rink picking up 14 shots also without response in the first six ends.

The other two rinks were tighter affairs, but Winscombe won on all four rinks and by 42 shots overall.

Winscombe 104, Norwest 62: M Trenchard, B Paul, M Dorrington, R Lowman 29-13; R Reason, A Trenchard, D Brown, W Ainsworth 34-11; M Newing, D Peakall, D Johnson, G Coombe 21-19; R Knight, R Fisher, B Andrews, G Neville 20-19.

Winscombe Ladies only had one match in the North Somerset Triples League. They entertained Long Ashton and in a close game won one rink to secure another two points losing overall by just five shots.

Winscombe Ladies 47 (2), Long Ashton 52 (8): C Hopes, S Caddy, P Burns 17-21; P Pow, M Sprouting, A Ainsworth 11-17; T Miles, C Bryant, M Adams 19-14.

St Andrews Ladies are at home to their Victoria counterparts on Sunday (2.30pm) in the quarter-final of the Somerset Southey Cup.

Last week, Saints Ladies played two matches in the DRT League, taking a total of six points.

They lost by 15 shots away to Clevedon Prom. Ann Campbell skipped their only winning rink, against the formidable Margaret Dyer. Jill Bishop made her league debut in Meg Favis’s four.

Clevedon Prom Ladies 55 (8), St Andrews 40 (2): J Bishop, M Frost, J Pitman, M Favis 9-22; J Forse, B Mangan, A Powell, A Campbell 16-11; D Baker, J Smith, S Sinclair, R McMillan 15-22.

There were just two shots in it as home team West Backwell edged home in a tense finish. An eight-shot defeat on one rink proved decisive for Saints, as Meg Favis and Jackie Ware skipped their teams to narrow victories.

West Backwell Ladies 40 (6), St Andrews 38 (4): C Venn, B Mangan, B Goddard, M Favis 12-9; J Forse, M Pattenden, J Pitman, M Bailey 12-20; J Yeates, M McMillan, D Baker, J Ware 14-11.

Saints’ youthful trio Rebecca (25) and Jenny (21) McMillan and Imogen Cracknell (16) were members of the Somerset ladies’ team who began their Johns Trophy campaign with an 11-shot win over Cornwall at Newton Abbot.

Jenny McMillan, in her Johns debut, and Cracknell were leads on winning rinks. Rebecca McMillan was the outstanding player at lead on her rink, who lost.

Wessex Ladies travelled to Portishead for the one league match played this week.

The triple of Janet Gardiner, Pam Turner and Joan Duffy collected two points being the only winning triple.

Wessex Ladies 46 (2), Portishead 63 (8): E Stott, J Davis, M Hawkins 10-21; S Hewitt, E Deane, E Williams 15-30; J Gardiner, P Turner, J Duffy 21-12.

Ashcombe Ladies 46 (2), Clevedon 64 (8) (Wessex League): M Main, C Falconbridge, L Paterson, N Counsell 19-14; C Smith, J Field, M Tucker, J Wilkinson 10-21; P Wynne, A Bass, M Tasker, S Weaden 17-29.

Ashcombe Ladies 44, Victoria 47 (friendly): A Bass, A Bryant, R Humphrey, J McInally 15-15; L Clark, C Smith, P Wynne, J Sansam 19-10; J Cornford, L Shanks, J Field, J Hughes 10-22.

Victoria Ladies march on in the Southey Cup with a fine win over Congresbury with Sue Cooper winning the singles, Hannah Frye and Kay Wilson winning the pairs and claimed a 3-1 win the fours of Fiona Waters, Chris Stevens, Sue Harrison and Margaret Hillman.

In the Weston & District Triples League, Victoria won two triples skipped by Annie Holland and Sue Cooper, but lost the match against Wedmore by the narrow margin of two shots.

The eagerly awaited derby of the two teams in the Mendip League saw the Blues edge the game by one shot over the Whites.

The match was close throughout with a drawn rink and a rink win each, with the top scoring triple skipped by Sue Newman with Maureen Slavin and Sue Sokol.

The ladies hosted Ashcombe in a three-rink friendly with Victoria’s Margaret Hillman skipping her rink to a 12-shot win to swing the game in favour of the home team.

Victoria Ladies 3, Congresbury 1 – singles: S Cooper 21-3; pairs: H Frye, K Wilson 15-13; triples: B Williams, S Sokol, S Newman 11-21; fours: F Waters, C Stevens, S Harrison, M Hillman 25-6.

Victoria Ladies 51 (4), Wedmore 53 (6): B Williams, C Stevens, M Hillman 11-24; H Frye, S Sokol, A Holland 17-16; S Pocock, K Wilson, S Cooper 23-13.

Victoria Whites 41 (3), Victoria Blues 42 (7): R Bailey, C Sage, M Hillman 13, C Willetts, H Frye, S Cooper 13; S Pocock, C Stevens, S Harrison 9, B Williams, R Cleeves, K Wilson 17; M Slavin, S Sokol, S Newman 19, M Kelly, S Milliner, A Holland 12.

Victoria Ladies 47, Ashcombe 42: N Whyte, E Harraway, S Newman, A Holland 10-17; M Kelly, V Worthington, S Milliner, S Cooper 15-15; D Gibbs, S Crapnell, C Stevens, M Hillman 22-10.

It was a good day for Clarence Ladies in inclement weather conditions with wins on two of the three rinks in the Weston & District Ladies League.

Rink of the day goes to Shirley Scoins and Ronnie Jones skipped by Val Collicott who were 7-3 down after nine ends. The game changed on the 10th end as Clarence took a four to bring them level.

Burnham replied with a single shot before Clarence cleared up and took the final four ends without reply giving them an 11-shot winning margin.

Clarence Ladies 42, Burnham 35: P Fowler, P Burrough, C Edlin 7-15; S Scoins, R Jones, V Collicott 19-8; P Rolls, P Hawkins, M Davison 16-12.

The combined force from Wessex and Clarence Ladies were too much for the touring side Blaina to handle.

The highest scoring rink goes to Janice Hartree, Pamela Rolls and Verlie Edwards skipped by Mary Davison, who started well building up a substantial lead over the opposition and kept the pressure on all match finishing with a 29-shot win.

Clarence and Wessex Ladies 111, Blaina 63: P Fowler, P Dunn, J Davis, E Williams 12-19; S Hewitt, V Gardiner, S Pritchard, C Edlin 25-11; S Searle, J Apps, P Hawkins, J Duffy 18-14; J Hartree, P. Rolls V Edwards, M Davison 35-6; J Gardiner, M Darcy, V Jones, V Collicott 21-13.

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