St Andrews lead the way in Yetton Trophy excitement

PUBLISHED: 11:19 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 10 January 2018

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St Andrews ladies gave a tremendous performance against Torquay United in the last 16 of the Yetton Trophy.

There has been no shortage of tension and excitement for the players of St Andrews during the past week, with their ladies leading the way.

Having reached the last 16 of the national inter-club Yetton Trophy, Saints Ladies were very much the underdogs against Torquay United Ladies, who have several international players.

Going against predictions, there were never more than a few shots in it and the scores were tied at 68-all with two rinks still to finish.

Away, Ann Campbell’s rink dropped a two on the penultimate end, which gave Torquay the lead. But Campbell’s team were holding two on the last end until the home skip disturbed the head somewhat luckily to get the shot.

This meant that Meg Favis’s home St Andrews rink needed a three on their last to force an extra end. In tremendous tension, they were holding two, but then Torquay turned the tables to make two themselves and Saints had lost by five.

Vying for the two outstanding performances by St Andrews’ players were the satisfying one-shot victory by Imogen Cracknell’s home rink against a much-vaunted quartet who included three current internationals, and the magnificent 11-shot win by Becky McMillan’s four at Torquay against a team previously unbeaten.

St Andrews Ladies 68, Torquay United 73 – home: C Venn, C Hopes, P Barnbrook, I Cracknell 16-15; C Riley, H Frye, J Smith, M Favis 14-18. Away: M Millard, M McMillan, J Pitman, A Campbell 12-25; J Forse, S Sinclair, A Powell, R McMillan 26-15.

There was a surprise defeat for St Andrews men in the first leg of the annual Ron Taylor Cup against Victoria. Although their two winning rinks finished a total of 19 shots up, the beaten triples suffered a deficit of 35, meaning they will be 16 behind in the second leg.

It could have been worse – Don Bailey’s home trio were 5-17 behind after 12 of the 19 ends but went on to win by two.

St Andrews 70, Victoria 86 – home: R Brereton, P Villis, L Stocker 30-13; S Stocker, K Curtis, D Bailey 19-17; T Hyde, A Cooper, M Stocker 12-26. Away: R Smith, R Venn, D Johnston 9-30.

In the national triples, Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker earned a terrific seven-shot victory at Ilminster over a home team skipped by world No 6 Rob Paxton.

It was 16-16 with two ends to go, then Saints picked up a four. However, they were five down when skip Walker went to bowl on the last end, only for him to trail the jack for three and put his team in the area final.

Sam Stocker (16) emerged triumphant from another close finish on Sunday, as he and Andrew Owens beat veteran clubmates Ken Uglow and Barrie Forse 17-16 in an enthralling county pairs match, settled on the last end.

In fact, Sam and his dad Lee both played four matches over the weekend, winning all of them.

Other individual results: National Over-60 Pairs: Ken Uglow/Barrie Forse won 19-9 v Taunton Vivary. County singles: Andrew Owens 21, Tony Parsons (Taunton Deane) 10. County Pairs: Lee Stocker/Craig Walker won 29-5 v Purnell. County Fours: Andrew Owens, Lee Stocker, Craig Walker, Sam Stocker won 27-10 v Taunton Deane.

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