St Andrews make it two out of two in indoor league

PUBLISHED: 12:05 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 18 October 2017

Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club

Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club


St Andrews made it two wins out of two in the Wessex Indoor League after defeating Nailsea.

St Andrews showed their strength in depth when, without six first-choice players, they beat Nailsea by 24 shots to make it two wins out of two in the Wessex Indoor League.

The home club were deprived of four potential skips by a county Liberty Trophy trial, while another two of the team who had won the previous week were not available.

Mike Adams made his Wessex debut at skip on one of the home rinks and a seven on the fourth end got his team off to a great start. They led by only one at halfway but, with Ken Curtis outstanding, pulled away to win by nine.

The other home rink, skipped by Brian Reeves, always just held the upper hand. With Tony Yeeles leading well, despite a heavy cold, they finished six shots clear.

Both away rinks trailed early on, but Mike Stocker’s quartet had levelled by 10 ends, were six ahead by 15 after a seven and won eventually by a decisive 12 shots.

From 4-12 down at halfway, Phil Villis’s men battled well to trail by only four at 15 ends and lost eventually by only three. Thus, Saints earned 14 of the 16 points on offer to continue their excellent start to the season.

St Andrews 91 (14), Nailsea 67 (2) – home: J Wilkes, J Keay, K Curtis, M Adams 24-15; T Yeeles, M Simpson, B May, B Reeves 20-14. Away: K Uglow, R Venn, A McMillan, M Stocker 29-17; T Hyde, S Stocker, G Webber, P Villis 18-21.

Saints took on star-studded Clarrie Dunbar in the preliminary round of the national mixed Egham Trophy and gave a good account of themselves before losing by 34 shots.

In the early stages, they led overall by a few shots, but Clarrie, whose away skips were both internationals, turned on the pressure gradually to edge in front by halfway.

Craig Walker’s home St Andrews rink, helped by an early five, were in front throughout until a fortunate last-end deflection earned their opponents a draw.

With the other home rink, skipped by Andrew Owens, always trailing, the Saints’ away fours had to keep it tight and they did so until the final ends, when Clarrie pulled away.

St Andrews 62, Clarrie Dunbar 94 – home: Carolina Venn, Audrey Powell, L Stocker, C Walker 21-21; J Forse, H Frye, K Curtis, A Owens 11-26. Away: Rebecca McMillan, Marie McMillan, D Johnston, B Forse 15-21; Sue Sinclair, Ann Campbell, P Villis, M Stocker 14-26,

St Andrews beat visitors Puriton by nine shots in a close friendly match. Hannah Frye made her Saints’ debut on Andy McMillan’s rink, who picked up six shots on the last two ends to win by one.

St Andrews 47, Puriton 38: R Smith, D Reynolds, Sue Sinclair, A Cooper 25-17; Hannah Frye, G Cooper, Jane Smith, A McMillan 22-21.

St Andrews 93, Birmingham Crown Green Bowlers 11 (mixed friendly): T Hyde, Marie McMillan, P Villis, M Stocker 35-3; Carolina Venn, L Yeates, Audrey Powell, D Johnston/B Forse 26-5; J Forse, H Frye, K Curtis, D Bailey 32-3.

St Andrews 55, North Petherton 49 (mixed friendly): R Smith, H Dew, A Cooper, Jane Smith 21-14; Dee Cooper, Karen Cromey, G Cooper, D Johnson/R Potter 16-20; Jill Bishop, M Dew, Sue Sinclair, G Webber/L Fisher 18-15.

Wedmore men played a friendly against the County Under-25s when it was one rink each, but 40-30 overall to Wedmore.

Keith Burt’s men trailed over the first half but took the lead on end 12 and by dint of scoring 10 on the last two ends, won 23-11. Wederall’s side went behind on end six and the deficit grew to nine shots at end 16, but the damage was limited to two shots by scoring seven on the last two ends.

A mixed friendly at home to Avon and Somerset Police saw the home club win by 48 shots to 32 with rinks one each.

Peter Smith’s team won 15 of the 21 ends, racking up 30 shots to 13. Julie Masters and support led most of the game, but dried up over five ends allowing the Police to sneak in for a one-shot victory.

An away mixed friendly to North Petherton was one to forget, losing on both rinks and by 20 to 56 shots overall, with skippers Brian Aston and Julie Masters unable to stem the tide.

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