St Andrews finish county indoor season in fine style

PUBLISHED: 15:42 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:42 04 April 2018

Jackie Pitman and Judy Forse.

Jackie Pitman and Judy Forse.

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St Andrews finished the Somerset County Indoor League season in style, thrashing Wedmore by 79 shots.

St Andrews ended their Somerset County Indoor League season in style with a crushing victory over Isle of Wedmore.

Three of Saints’ rinks had winning margins of more than 20 shots, while their only losers went down by just one on the last end.

Against a depleted Wedmore team, Tony Hyde, impressive debutant Nigel Bassett, Ken Curtis and Mike Stocker were the stars of the show, allowing their visitors to win only three ends as they finished 35 shots up. Away, Craig Walker’s quartet were always in control and a six on the 14th end confirmed their superiority as they won by 21.

The other away rink, skipped by Barrie Forse, trailed 6-12 at halfway. Then they began a remarkable run of 11 successive ends in which they scored 30 shots to their opponents’ none, finishing 24 clear.

St Andrews 129 (14), Isle of Wedmore 50 (2) – home: T Hyde, N Bassett, K Curtis, M Stocker 41-6; M Dorrington, J Keay, D Bailey, L Stocker 21-22. Away: S Stocker, G Webber, A McMillan, C Walker 31-10; M Campbell, A Cooper, D Johnston, B Forse 36-12.

Barrie Forse won the St Andrews men’s indoor singles title for the second year running and sixth time in all when he beat Phil Villis in the final.

Villis, the champion in 2016, was well in the game at 8-8, although both players struggled with the pace of the rink. Forse pulled away gradually and, although Villis kept battling, the defending champion won 21-12.

The postponed ladies’ pairs final was also decided last week, with Judy Forse and Jackie Pitman meeting Ann Campbell and Sue Carr, the latter appearing in her first St Andrews final.

Forse and Pitman built up an early lead and were 12-3 ahead before some excellent skipping by Campbell sparked a comeback.

At 15-13 to Forse and Pitman, it was anyone’s game. But that was as close as it got, with Forse and Pitman winning 21-13.

Just one final remains to be played, the ladies’ singles between Audrey Powell and Hannah Frye, postponed until Frye has recovered from pneumonia.

On Saturday, Saints’ trio Ken Uglow, Darrell Johnston and Barrie Forse play a team from Ilminster in the final of the Somerset county triples championship at Taunton Deane (10am).

That will be the final act of the indoor season as far as St Andrews is concerned, with the outdoor green opening officially on April 14.

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