St Andrews remain unbeaten in the Over-60s League

PUBLISHED: 12:56 23 May 2018

Verlie Edwards bowling for Wessex Ladies.

Verlie Edwards bowling for Wessex Ladies.


St Andrews kept their unbeaten recorded in the Weston & District Over-60s League when they defeated Portishead RBL.

St Andrews made it two wins out of two in the Weston & District Over-60s League when they beat visitors Portishead RBL.

Veteran skip Don Bailey was in outstanding form as his rink won by seven, while debutant Chris Howard helped Mike Stocker’s trio finish 17 shots clear, having scored a second-end six.

Barrie Forse dropped only six ends as he won by 11 and the ebullient Jim Warren played some crucial shots as his rink did their bit, finishing eight shots clear.

St Andrews 122 (16), Portishead RBL 88 (4): A Cooper, T Bray, D Bailey 21-14; R Potter, T Ware, B Forse 20-9; T Lay, B May, D Favis 15-19; R Wootten, C Howard, M Stocker 27-10; J Keay, B McLeod, J Warren 22-14; G Sims, R Venn, B Reeves 17-22.

Things did not go so well for Saints at the weekend, as they lost by one shot at home to Bristol B in the Bowls England Club Two Fours, then were beaten by visitors Victoria B in the Somerset County League.

The Two Fours match was a real nail-biter, with nothing in it until Mike Stocker’s opponents scored 11 shots in two ends, including a seven, around the halfway stage, putting Bristol eight ahead overall.

However, Barrie Forse’s rink continued to score steadily and, with Stocker’s men fighting back, St Andrews led by one going into the last end. Forse conceded one to finish six clear and Stocker was holding one, which would have given Saints victory.

But, after long deliberation, Bristol skip Bob Johnson played a brilliant final wood to take out the home shot and win the match

St Andrews 38, Bristol B 39: S Stocker, T Bray, G Wride, B Forse 20-14; A Cooper, K Curtis, D Favis, M Stocker 18-25.

A much bigger disappointment was the eight-shot defeat at home to Victoria B in what was Saints’ first County League game of the season.

The home team were marginally ahead at halfway and were given hope of victory by Barrie Forse’s rink, who scored three shots on the last two ends to win by six.

But Gordon Wride’s rink, seven up at halfway, won only four more ends as they lost by seven. Mike Stocker, playing against the club he represented for 33 years, went down by the same margin, leaving Saints with only two points.

St Andrews 58 (2), Victoria B 66 (10): J Keay, R Venn, S Stocker, B Forse 26-20; A Cooper, T Bray, K Curtis, M Stocker 16-23; R Potter, B May, D Favis, G Wride 16-23.

Once the St Andrews players had adjusted to the artificial surface at Wrington, there was only one team in it as they won the triples friendly by 21 shots.

Seventeen-year-old Sam Stocker skipped his trio home by seven, his grandfather Mike had 14 shots to spare at the end and Ken Curtis got home by one.

Wrington 51, St Andrews 72: A Frost, R Wootten, S Stocker 21-14; D Reynolds, G Webber, M Stocker 18-4; J Ling, M Dew, C Howard 13-14; A Cooper, R Brereton, K Curtis 20-19.

St Andrews 81, Tregaron Tourists 107: Frid Allen, R Lee, R Potter, G Webber 8-28; H Dew, Jane Smith, B Reeves, D Bailey 12-17; R Gordon, Jenny McMillan, S Stocker, B May 15-17; R Smith, Marie McMillan, M Goddard, T Ware 18-11; T Lay, Debbie Baker, T Bray, K Curtis 15-8; Jacquie Yeates, M Dew, N Bassett, I Lamb 13-26.

Sam Stocker and his dad Lee, who is an indoor member of St Andrews, have both been named in the Somerset squad for the first Middleton Cup match of the season away to Herefordshire. Both played well in a trial match against Devon at Victoria.

St Andrews national and county competition results - family pairs: Jenny and Rebecca McMillan beat Reg (Congresbury) and Pete Birmingham (Bristol) 20-17. Mixed pairs: Barrie Forse/Rebecca McMillan won 34-7 home v St Anne’s Park pair. County pairs: Barrie Forse/Sam Stocker lost 16-20 at home v Watchet pair; Ken Curtis/George Webber lost 10-20 away v Taunton pair. County ladies’ fours: Judy Forse, Ann Campbell, Jackie Pitman, Rebecca McMillan won 20-9 away v Bridgwater.

Victoria enjoyed a successful week with victories for all three teams competing in the Somerset County League and an excellent win against Clarence in the National Double Rink competition.

In the National Double Rink, both Victoria rinks registered wins with the rink of Malcolm Campbell, Dave Fairhurst, Steve Davis and Colin Heal winning by 18 shots to secure an emphatic win.

The County League saw the A team host Williton who struggled against an in-form squad with each of the three home skips, Mike Cooper, Will Harrison and Steve Davis leading their rinks to comfortable wins and 12 points.

The B team travelled across town to play St Andrews with the two rinks skipped by Phil Fisher and Hugh Gibbs winning 23 shots to 16 ensuring a healthy win and 10 points.

The C team also earned 10 points in their victory over Chew Stoke B with the rink of Derek Hubbard, Alan Hollier, Eric Sage and skip Mike Manning leading the way with a 24-shot margin of victory.

In an exciting and close game in the Weston & District Over-60s League, the Saxons matched Clevedon throughout the game which went to the wire, but in the end both teams had to accept a 98-shot all draw with three rink wins each and the points shared 10 each.

The Vikings travelled to Yatton and earned a useful six points for three winning rinks skipped by Hugh Gibbs, Graham Richards and Brian Johnson.

Somerset Masonic were the visitors for a four-rink friendly which saw narrow victories on the four rinks for Victoria, the highest margin achieved by Alan Hollier, Nigel Robbins, Eric Sage and Graham Richards.

Victoria 49, Clarence 35: P Coumis, D Wheatley, C Gazzard, M Cooper 18-22; M Campbell, D Fairhurst, S Davis, C Heal 31-13.

Victoria A 93 (12), Williton 23 (0): M Campbell, D Wheatley, C Gazzard, M Cooper 36-8; J Dyet, J Newman, P Owen, W Harrison 27-6; D Beard, R Bromet, D Fairhurst, S Davis 29-9.

Victoria B 66 (10), St Andrews 58 (2): P Lunn, D Sealey, P Wyatt, P Fisher 23-16; Carmine, D Williams, A Shattock, D Jones 20-26; N Robbins, K Holland, J Smart, H Gibbs 23-16.

Victoria C 75 (10), Chew Stoke B 51 (2): D Hubbard, A Hollier, E Sage, M Manning 35-11; L Kelly, C Chudley, J Langridge, G Hodge 11-28; R Stallard, W Nicholls, M Milliner, G Rain 29-12.

Victoria Saxons 98 (10), Clevedon 98 (10): R Rockett, A Shattock, M Cooper 21-15;

B Pocock, D Sealey, P Lunn 15-17; L Kelly, R Bromet, D Wheatley 16-17; M Campbell, K Holland, C Heal 18-15; M Milliner, M Manning, D Jones 13-22; D Hubbard, D Williams, J Newman 15-12.

Victoria Vikings 89 (6), Yatton 110 (14): D Hubbard, M Milliner, H Gibbs 24-14; L Kelly, P Owen, G Hodge 15-22; A Waygood, B Nicholls, E Sage 10-34; A Hollier, T Gatehouse, G Richards 19-15; N Robbins, J Kerr, B Johnson 21-15.

Victoria 90, Somerset Masonic 64: D Carpenter, M Milliner, R Rockett, G Hodge 23-17; A Waygood, B Nicholls, B Johnson, J Smart 21-19; L Kelly, C Coumis, R Bromet, D Jones 23-15; A Hollier, N Robins, E Sage, G Richards 23-13.

In the first round of the North Somerset Knockout Cup, Ashcombe were drawn away against Portishead.

In a game where the result was never in doubt from the start, Ashcombe won on four of the five rinks ending with a 26-shot victory.

Ashcombe 116, Portishead 90: W Kolasinski, A Tucker, M West, K Wheeler 15-25; F Bertram, G Sansam, T Cottrell, J Whitlow 23-15; R Powell, B Benstead, M Southwood, G Wilkinson 26-17; R Smith, D Wynne, A Cracknell, J Taylor 27-15; G Kinsey, G Tottle, S Hedges, A Dawes 25-18.

Saturday saw Ashcombe’s A and B teams in action in the Somerset Bowls League.

They A team were at home to Yatton A, and were unlucky not to finish with a win, with only six shots separating the two teams.

The B team were also at home, against Winscombe B and Ashcombe finished with a win on two of the three rinks and a 23-shot victory.

Ashcombe A 57, Yatton A 63: A Wilmot, M West, K Wheeler, G Wilkinson 25-18; D Cooper, T Cottrell, J Whitlow, J Creasey 17-18; W Kolasinski, J Main, S Hedges, T Bass 15-27.

Ashcombe B 63, Winscombe B 40: G Pople, D Wynne, G Mills, E Hopkins 24-14; N Coombes, P Barnes, M Paterson, K Powell 20-12; G Fews, F Bertram, A Tucker, J Taylor 19-14.

In the Weston and District Over-60s League, Ashcombe’s Templars were at home to Mark Moor.

With a side that was weakened by last minute changes, the Templars could only manage a win on one of the six rinks finishing down by 23 shots.

Ashcombe 81, Mark Moor 103: G Wilkinson, C Vardon, B Miles 25-10; M Allen, M Tripp, D Williams 15-16; P Barnes, D Bleasdale, M Butt 15-18; B Burbage, P March, A Freke 10-14; L Cornford, D Harris, N Coombes 11-25; M Field, D Freestone, K Davies 5-22.

The week also saw Ashcombe in action in three friendlies. In a seven-rink game against a touring side from the Isle of Wight, Ashcombe took four rinks and finished with a win of 133 shots to 113.

Against a side from Bristol, Ashcombe put in a strong performance and although they could only manage wins on two of the four rinks, they still finished with 88 shots to Bristol’s 59.

In what is an annual fixture, Ashcombe were away to Banwell. In a game that could easily have gone the other way, Ashcombe won one rink and narrowly missed winning two more by only one shot on each, with a final score of 66 shots to Banwell’s 74.

Ashcombe 133, Isle of Wight tourists 113: J Cornford, S Appleby, D Wynne, J Whitlow 20 -15; A Petit, K Davies, L Cox, J Wilkinson 14-22; M Tripp, J Hughes, B Benstead, A Dawes 23-14; M Main, J Williams, S Hedges, J Main 23-14; G Tucker, M Tasker, R Smith, S Weaden 15-17; C Gerlach, L Shanks, P Wynne, G Wilkinson 24-11; C Smith, P Barnes, J Creasey, A Cracknell 14-20.

Ashcombe 88, Bristol 59: J McKenzie, R Tasker, T Morgan, T Cottrell 34-7; G Fews, R Counsell, J Main, K Wheeler 18-24; G Pople, B Benstead, G Sansam, D Wynne 19-16; D Barnes, M Parry, L Cox, J Creasey 27-12.

Ashcombe 66, Banwell 74: R Tasker, D Wynne, G Sansam, A Dawes 14-15; L Cornford, D Freestone, B Benstead, M Southwood 22-23; D Williams, J McKenzie, A Tucker, T Morgan 15-22; B Miles, M Bass, M West, J Taylor 15-14.

Clarence enjoyed a massive win over the Isle of Wedmore in the North Somerset 4 Dimensions.

Don Towie’s singles match finished first with a good win inspiring the rest of the team to follow suit. Largest winning rink goes to Adrian Gardiner and Maurice Phillips skipped by Roger Burrough who were nine up after five ends and gradually drew away from their opponents to earn themselves a 16-shot win.

Scores – pairs: M Edlin, D Stott 22-17; triples: A Gardiner, M Phillips, R Burrough 26-10; fours: T Mannion, K Marshall, B Duffy, G Barlow 16-12.

The Golds recorded another fine win in the Over-60s League at home to Nailsea, winning on four rinks and taking 16 league points.

Rink of the day goes to John Edwards and Mike Turnbull skipped by Mike Scoins, who started badly and lost five of the first six ends. They clawed their way back taking the next four ends and take the lead by four shots. Nailsea fell apart and Mike’s team finished with a comfortable 11-shot win.

Clarence Golds 95, Nailsea 92: T Derrick, G Andrews, A Cord 21-14; B Rossiter, A Bishop, S Browning 21-13; M Peters, P Williams, B Underwood 10-23; J Kellaway, B Coleman, C Tippett 10-19; J Edwards, M Turnbull, M Scoins 20-11; A Newland, D Weston, M Davies 13-12.

It was a bad day for the A team who lost on all three rinks against West Backwell. The only resistance came from Don Towie’s team who were all square after 18 ends, then dropped five on the last three ends.

Clarence A 40, West Backwell 66: A Gardiner, B Sweet, M Phillips, R Burrough 13-23; M Clay, D Grier, T Mannion, D Towie 19-23; M Edlin, G Owen, B Duffy, G Barlow 8-20.

The only winning rink of the day went to Mike Peters, John Whitehouse and Mike Davies skipped by Mike Scoins who were all square after eight. Over the next three ends they pulled a five-shot lead which the maintained to the end.

Clarence B 49, Winscombe B 62: M Turnbull, M Rolls, B Coleman, C Tippett 16-25; J Edwards, M Ford, N Martin, S Browning 15-24; M Peters, J Whitehouse, M Davies, M Scoins 18-13.

Winscombe lost at home to a Bristol A side in the Tony Allcock Mixed Two Rink competition on both rinks and by 11 shots.

Winscombe 40, Bristol A 51: D Brown, P Pow, L Fredersdorff, P Fredersdorff 20-28; C Hopes, S Nash, M Nash, M Fletcher 20-23.

In a home friendly against North Petherton, Winscombe came out on top by winning on three out of the four rinks and by 18 shots.

Winscombe 77, North Petherton 59: M Newing, D Phillips, M Nash, R Lowman 22-12; R Fisher, M Smart, G Coombe, M Adams 22-19; P John, K Horler, D Brown, P Fredersdorff 16-10; J Mingo- West, A Pow, D Fletcher, G Neville 17-18.

In the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League, Winscombe had to make several changes to last week’s winning team but still managed a 22-shot victory over Clarence Blues. They drew on two rinks, lost on one and won the other three picking up another 16 points.

Winscombe 113 (16), Clarence Blues 91 (4): M Newing, M Nash, R Lowman 14-14; D Brown, B Paul, T Ellis 28-14; D Peakall, K Whatling, M Adams 15-20; P John, J Sprouting, A Dudley 21-17; G Lloyd, L Collier, R Lacy 15-15; R Reason, M Fletcher, P Fredersdorff 20-11.

Winscombe lost both their games in the Somerset County League last week. The A team lost a tightly fought match in Clarence Park where they narrowly lost on two of the three rinks and by five shots overall.

Winscombe A 59 (2), Clarence A 64 (10): G Lloyd, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff, M Adams 21-17; D Leach, M Fletcher, R Lowman, M Dorrington 18-24; D Brown, B Paul, G Neville, T Ellis 20-23.

The B team also came up against strong opposition in their away game at Ashcombe, losing on all three rinks and by 23 shots.

Winscombe B 40 (0), Ashcombe B 63 (12): P Cast, A Pow, L Collier, T Dudley 14-24; P John, M Trenchard, R Knight, M Nash 12-20; J Mingo-West, D Phillips, D Johnson, J Sprouting 14-19.

Banwell enjoyed a successful tour to North Devon, with excellent weather, top class hotel and three wins out of three for the mixed team.

Banwell 123, Barnstaple 88: J Wright, V Murphy, A Brookhouse, L Pheasant 18-16; P Wilfan, P Kirby, M Millard, P Aldus 16-16; K Smith, M Kirby, D Towie, H Guckian 27-13; J Davies, J Amos, C Coffin, B Taylor 13-22; T Brice, K Wright, H Woodards, M Davies 32-10; C Heal, S White, M Laycock, J Davies 17-11.

Banwell 150, Braunton 84: P Wilfan, V Murphy, C Coffin, J Davies 19-15; J Wright, K Wright, M Laycock, G Millard 24-14; J Davies S White, H Woodards, H Guckian 32-11; K Smith, P Kirby A Brookhouse, B Taylor 27-15; T Brice, P Keynes, M Millard, P Villis 27-10; M Kirby, J Amos, D Towie, P Aldus 21-19.

Banwell 136, Wellington 95: V Murphy, J Amos, H Woodards, P Villis 25-11; K Smith, T Brice, M Laycock, P Aldus 34-7; G Millard, P Kirby, C Coffin, H Guckian 27-8; J Wright, S White, M Millard, B Taylor 12-27; J Davies, M Kirby, D Towie, J Davies 22-14; P Wilfan, K Wright, A Brookhouse, M Davies 16-28.

Since the tour, the league competition has started and it would appear that Banwell have not quite got their act together yet.

Banwell A has played two matches in the Somerset Premier 2 League and currently lie fourth from bottom having played two and lost two.

Likewise the B team in Somerset North 2 have played two and lost two and are sitting at the bottom of the league with no points.

St Andrews Ladies were taken all the way by visitors Ashcombe Park before reaching the third round of the Somerset county Southey Trophy.

Saints, who have won the competition for the last two years, expected a tough game and got it. Singles player Carolina Venn had a nip-and-tuck tussle with Norma Counsel,l but looked set for victory when she led 20-13, needing just one shot.

Her opponent mounted a brave comeback and just missed out on a close measure which would have levelled the scores. Then, at 20-19, Venn played two great woods to close out the match and put Saints’ first point on the board.

Judy Forse and Rebecca McMillan were behind early on in the pairs until a five on the seventh end got them going. At 18-10 after 15 of the 21 ends, they held off an Ashcombe rally to win eventually by seven shots.

With the triple of Jenny McMillan, Jackie Ware and Meg Favis having settled for a draw, St Andrews were home and dry. The four, comprising Margaret Wride, Marie McMillan, Audrey Powell and Ann Campbell, also managed a battling draw, making it 14-14 with a three on the last end after having trailed throughout.

On Saturday, St Andrews are at home to Wessex Ladies in the next round.

St Andrews Ladies 3, Ashcombe Park 1 – singles: C Venn 22-19; pairs: J Forse/R McMillan 22-15; triples: J McMillan, J Ware, M Favis 14-14; fours: M Wride, M McMillan, A Powell, A Campbell 14-14.

Saints Ladies finished up on all three rinks in a triples friendly away to their Nailsea counterparts. Ann Campbell’s rink had a six on the 16th of the 18 ends, while a similar score on the last end increased Meg Favis’s winning margin to 11. Myra Bailey’s trio earned victory with a single on the final end.

Nailsea Ladies 37, St Andrews 54: J Forse, B Mangan, M Bailey 14-13; D Baker, J Smith, M Favis 21-10; J Webb, J Pitman, A Campbell 19-14.

Sisters Rebecca and Jenny McMillan have both been selected in the Somerset ladies’ team for the Johns Trophy match against Cornwall on June 2. Rebecca, who is 25, was in the team last year, Jenny (21) will be making her Johns debut.

Winning on only one rink, Clarence Ladies picked up just two of the available 10 points against Clevedon Prom.

Rink of the day goes to Pam Fowler and Pauline Burrough skipped by Jo Mannion who were trailing until the 12th end. The ladies took the next three ends giving them a one-shot lead before dropping a two, once again putting them behind, but they pushed hard, taking the final three ends, running out with a four-shot win.

Clarence Ladies 43, Clevedon Prom 49: S Ellis, S Pritchard, R Jones 13-17; P Fowler, P Burrough, J Mannion 19-11; J Anning, P Hawkins. C Edlin 13-21.

It was a bad day for the ladies in the Southey Trophy, losing on all four rinks with the only real resistance coming from Pam Fowler and Ronnie Jones skipped by Mary Davison, who were one ahead with one to play but managed to drop two on the final end.

Clarence Ladies 58, Victoria 72: C Edlin 17-21; S Pritchard, J Mannion 13-15; P Fowler, R Jones, M Davison 12-13; C Hooper, C Marshall, P Burrough, V Collicott 16-23.

Following casualties, the team for the Southey Trophy had to be re-arranged but had an excellent win versus North Petherton, with all four disciplines being successful.

The fours skipped by captain Elizabeth were 8-16 down after 16 ends, but scored a hot shot bringing them up to 16-all and went on to win by one shot.

The singles was won in 12 ends with the opponent scoring on just one end. The pair of Pam Turner and Joan Duffy won by 16 shots and the triples skipped by Barbara Jones won by eight.

Wessex will play St Andrews in the next round of the Southey Trophy.

Wessex Ladies 4 North Petherton 0 – singles: J Davis 21-3; pairs: P Turner, J Duffy 25-9; triples: A Crawford, M Hawkins, B Jones 19-11; four: V Edwards, A Ward, M Davis, E Williams 17-16.

Wessex Ladies 43 (2), Congresbury 59 (8) (W&DL): P Turner, A Ward, B Jones 11-27; E Stott, E Williams, A Fewings 11-17; V Edwards, M Hawkins, J Duffy 21-15.

Wessex Ladies 65 (7), Ashcombe 54 (3) (Wessex League): V Edwards, A Crawford, C Peart, B Jones 25-8; B Hayes, V Gardiner, M Hawkins, J Duffy 17-23; P Turner, J Davis, A Ward, E Williams 23-23.

Winscombe Ladies were away at North Petherton in the Wessex League match. They lost on two of the three rinks and by four shots overall.

Sarah Lowmans’ rinks valiant efforts to win by 15 shots just failed to overcome the shot deficits on the other two rinks.

Winscombe Ladies 53 (2), North Petherton 57 (8): P Pow, B Smart, M Sprouting, S Lowis 10-20; P Hopes, F Bays, P Burns, S Lowman 30-15; T Miles, S Nash, M Howell, M Adams 13-22.

The North Somerset Triples League match at Clarence showed clearly how home advantage can work on a difficult green to master.

Winscombe Ladies 32, Clarence 66: T Miles, S Lowis, M Adams 12-21; M Howell, C Bryant, S Lowman 11-19; C Hopes, M Sprouting, L Fredersdorff 9-26.

Winscombe were well beaten in a friendly triples match against Long Ashton.

Scores: T Darkin, C Hopes, S Caddy 11-15; P Pow, L Coombe, S Nash 9-17; B Smart, F Bays, S Lowman 9-11.

In the Southey Cup, Winscombe travelled to Victoria. It was an excellent match with Winscombe giving the strong Victoria side a scare.

There was a dramatic finish to the triples rink where Winscombe won on the last end by one shot, having trailed the jack to take three shots. The pairs were drawn at 16-shots each, the fours lost by one shot and the singles by five shots.

Winscombe 1.5, Victoria 2.5 - rink: M Howell, L Whatling, L Fredersdorff, S Lowman 18-19; triples: T Miles, C Bryant, M Adams 17-16; pairs: M Sprouting, S Lowis 16-16; singles: C Hopes 16-21.

Victoria Ladies were delighted to beat Winscombe 2.5-1.5 in the Southey Cup with Sue Cooper overcoming a slow start to win the singles 21-16.

The pair of Hannah Frye and Kay Wilson played steadily and finished with a 16-16 draw. The triples with Sue Newman also made a slow start and got the score back to lead on the 15th end, but then lost the last three ends to lose narrowly 16-17.

The fours gained the lead after the eighth end and managed to hold on to this to wi 19-18.

The next round is on Saturday at 10am and will be against Congresbury.

Ashcombe Ladies were defeated in a hard-fought match away at St Andrews, losing the singles and pairs, securing draws in the triples and rink, with a 10-shot difference in the four disciplines overall.

Singles: N Counsell 19-22; pairs: J Sansam, J Wilkinson 15-22; triples: M Main, M Tucker, J McInally 14-14; rink: P Wynne, M Tasker, L Paterson, S Weaden 14-14.

Ashcombe Ladies 58 (1), Clevedon Prom 61 (9) (Wessex League): J Sansam, S Noyes, J Matthews, J Wilkinson 20-21; J Cornford, J Field, M Tucker, N Counsell 20-22; P Wynne, M Tasker L Paterson, S Weaden 18-18.

Ashcombe Ladies 54 (3), Wessex 65 (7): J Sansam, S Hopkins, M Tasker, J Wilkinson 23-23; J Williams, A Bryant, J Hughes, N Counsell 8-25; A Petit, P Wynne, M Tucker, S Weaden 23-17.

Ashcombe Ladies 37 (2), Portishead 58 (8) (NSL): J Sansam, M Tasker, J Wilkinson 19-16; A Petit, M Tucker, S Weaden 8-26; P Wynne, L Paterson, N Counsell 10-16.

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