St Andrews reach county semi-finals after derby victory

PUBLISHED: 09:02 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 17 February 2017

St Andrews reached the semi-finals of the Somerset men’s two-fours championship.

St Andrews cruised into the semi-final of the Somerset county men’s two-fours championship when they beat local rivals Victoria.

Saints’ home and away rinks both started well and emphasised their superiority by scoring sixes just when their opponents were mounting comebacks. Their grip never slackened and both rinks topped 30 shots for victory by 34. They play Ilminster in the semis.

St Andrews 64, Victoria 30 – home: J Wilkes, P Villis, D Johnston, L Stocker 32-14. Away: K Uglow, R Venn, S Davies, D Bailey 32-16.

On the Saturday before last, St Andrews beat the same opponents, retaining the Ron Taylor Cup despite a strong fightback by Victoria in the second leg of the annual competition.

Saints held a 30-shot lead from the first match last month and were hot favourites to keep the trophy. But Victoria’s three away trios gave as good, if not better, than they got, registering an aggregate victory by three.

However, at Victoria, Saints’ David Stott, Phil Villis and captain Ron Gill finished 19 shots ahead, making the overall aggregate victory over the two matches 46.

St Andrews 70, Victoria 53 – home: L Yeates, R Venn, L Stocker 16-16; T Hyde, N Bassett, D Johnston 15-14; R Smith, S Stocker, G Webber 11-14. Away: D Stott, P Villis, R Gill 28-9.

St Andrews lost by seven shots to Yeovil in the Somerset County League, due to a 21-shot defeat for Steve Davies’s away rink. The other away quartet, skipped by Lee Stocker, played very well to win by 11.

St Andrews 75 (4), Yeovil 82 (12) – home: M Campbell, S Stocker, R Gill, D Bailey 13-22; T Hyde, N Bassett, P Villis, D Johnston 24-12. Away: G Millard, J Keay, N Sell, S Davies 11-32; K Uglow, R Venn, G Webber, L Stocker 27-16.

Sue Sinclair, ladies’ indoor captain of St Andrews, and clubmate Judy Forse both turned out for the opposition because they were two short in the mixed friendly away to Isle of Wedmore.

Each of them finished on the losing side, as Saints finished winners by seven.

Isle of Wedmore 40, St Andrews 47: P Smart, Jill Bishop, Jane Smith, Ann Campbell 23-22; R Smith, R Brereton, Barbara Mangan, Jackie Pitman 24-18.

In the Somerset county triples, a brilliant last-end wood by Barrie Forse earned himself, Ken Uglow and Don Bailey a one-shot away victory over a Purnells team, who had been holding five until then.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Stocker, of St Andrews, won the Somerset County Junior School of Excellence at Taunton Deane. He finished first on shot-difference.

Stocker’s clubmates Luke Yeates and Imogen Cracknell, both aged 15, finished joint third with the excellent score of 73 points, just two behind the winner.

Victoria enjoyed an excellent win against Bridgwater in the Somerset county double rink competition.

The home rink of Jason Revill, Pete Wyatt, Mike Manning and Phil Fisher kept their margin of defeat to just six shots, leaving the away rink of Paul Coumis, Roy Bromet, Dave Wheatley and Mike Cooper to record a seven-shot win to snatch overall victory by a single shot. Victoria now meet local rivals St Andrews in the next round.

In the first leg of the Ron Taylor Cup, St Andrews won by 27 shots, leaving Victoria a mountain to climb in the second leg.

There were some improved performances with a rink win by Paul Coumis, Graham Hodge and Dave Fairhurst and a draw on the rink of Jason Revill, Pete Wyatt and Phil Fisher, but overall Victoria lost the leg by 16 shots and the cup to St Andrews.

Victoria played Bristol in the County League and with three rinks played away, were beaten emphatically by a strong Bristol team.

The ladies were in action and won a single rink match against Isle of Wedmore, with Rita Bailey, Hilary Chesters, Chris Stevens and Margaret Hillman winning by 25 shots.

The ladies played a two-rink friendly against Taunton Deane losing both rinks and the match. Victoria fared no better in the mixed league suffering a comprehensive defeat against St Andrews.

Victoria 31, Bridgwater 30 (SCBA Double Rink) – home: J Revill, P Wyatt, M Manning, P Fisher 11-17. Away: P Coumis, R Bromet, D Wheatley, M Cooper 20-13.

Victoria 54, St Andrews 70 (Ron Taylor Cup second leg - home: D Carpenter, G Richards, M Cooper 9-28. Away: R Bromet, G Rain, D Hurst 14-15; J Revill, P Wyatt, P Fisher 16-16; P Coumis, G Hodge, D Fairhurst 15-11.

Victoria 44, Bristol 116 (SCBA League) - away: L Kelly, D Parker, P Coumis, D Wheatley 8-40; J Revill, C, Chudley, J Newman, D Jones 11-25; Carmine, R Hollier, P Wyatt, M Manning 16-24. Home: R Bromet, G Hodge, D Williams, P Fisher 9-27.

Victoria Ladies 25, Taunton Deane 47 (friendly): B Williams, S Sokol, K Wilson, R Cleeves 12–27; N Whyte, H Frye, C Stevens, M Chudley 13-22.

Victoria Ladies 28, Isle of Wedmore 3 (single rink): R Bailey, H Chesters, C Stevens, M Hillman 28-3.

Victoria 31, St Andrews 85 (mixed league): N Whyte, A Hollier, P Wyatt, H Whyte 7-23; H Frye, L Kelly, C Stevens, G Rain 7-20; R Bailey, P Coumis, G Hodge 11-19; R Hollier, S Pocock, B Pocock, M Cooper 6-23.

Hutton Short Mat Bowls Club almost swept the board at a recent weekend bowling festival held at the Dorset Bowls Resort at Bere Regis, organised by Dorset County, contested by 16 clubs for all over the South West of England.

On the opening evening, participants were mixed together in a spoon competition to help players to get to know one another, from which we learned two competitors from the Isle of Wight were to be married on November 5.

All triples competition took place on a round-robin basis, completed on Sunday morning, saw the Hutton team of Joy, Peter Palmer and Jan Bishop coming out as winners.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a pairs competition took place on a similar basis, again Hutton came first with Geoff and Pauline Nutty, while Peter Palmer and David Taylor were runners-up, rounding up an excellent weekend.

If anyone would like to try this sort of competition, played in a convivial and friendly environment, an open day is being held at Hutton Village Hall on March 12.

The Lions Club of Weston is pleased to announce the visually impaired bowls tournament will again be held at Clarence Park Bowls Club, between May 4-7.

If you would like to help, please contact Ken Coles 01934 620009.

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