St Andrews take a big first leg advantage over Victoria

PUBLISHED: 09:02 13 January 2017

St Andrews defeated Victoria by 30 shot in the first leg of the Ron Taylor Cup.

St Andrews took the honours in the first match of the two-leg men’s Ron Taylor Cup against Victoria, winning by 30 shots.

They finished well up on all three triples at home, with Lee Stocker’s trio the most emphatic victors, by 17 shots, nine of which were gained on the last two ends. The second leg is on February 4.

St Andrews 84, Victoria 54 – home: S Stocker, A McMillan, L Stocker 25-8; T Hyde, D Stott, P Villis 23-14; J Wilkes, G Webber, S Davies 21-11. Away: L Yeates, G Cooper, R Gill 13-21.

St Andrews Ladies battled well against a strong Taunton Deane team in the Somerset County double-rink competition, but went down at both venues to lose by 18 shots. Both Saints’ rinks dropped sevens, Ann Campbell’s away rink doing so on the first end

St Andrews Ladies 37, Taunton Deane 55 - home: C Venn, A Powell, P Barnbrook, J Ware 21-28. Away: J Forse, J Smith, J Pitman, A Campbell 16-27.

A 17-shot victory by captain Sue Sinclair’s triple earned Saints Ladies victory over home team Woodspring in a friendly match. Their team included teenager Danni Little.

Woodspring 28, St Andrews 40: C Venn, D Little, J Pitman 13-18; D Baker, B Mangan, S Sinclair 27-10.

Rod Smith, Jill Bishop, Debbie Baker and Darrell Johnston were the St Andrews match-winners in a mixed friendly away to Puriton. They finished 23 shots clear in a six-shot victory.

Puriton 33, St Andrews 39: Jenny Webb, A Frost, A Cooper, Jane Smith 7-24; R Smith, Jill Bishop, Debbie Baker, D Johnston 32-9.

The Premier Threes Pairs competition at St Andrews could not be completed because of lack of time. The four semi-finalists shared the prizes. In the semis, Mo and Graham Millard beat Judy and Barrie Forse, Carolina and Richard Venn beat Rebecca and Andy McMillan.

Ken Uglow avenged a recent national two-wood defeat by clubmate and pairs partner Barrie Forse when he edged him out by 21-17 last week in the EIBA Over-60 singles. Uglow will now play D Williams (North Wilts) in the inter-zone final at a neutral venue.

In the national ladies’ fours, Judy Forse, Sue Sinclair, Audrey Powell and Pam Barnbrook were on the verge of victory over a Bristol quartet when they conceded a seven on the penultimate end. They lost 20-15.

However, Mo Millard and Ann Campbell progressed in the national ladies’ over-60 pairs, beating a Clevedon duo 27-9.

Club stalwart Don Bailey was not only elected president at the AGM of the St Andrews Association of Bowling Clubs, he was also made a life member. Membership secretary Danny Favis was another to receive life membership.

Wedmore men came into the New Year full of good cheer following a heartening victory over Bridgwater in the County Indoor League.

Ron Barron and his men led the way, going 13 shots up by halfway. They pressed on to win 13 ends providing a solid base for the match with a 26-10 winning score.

Eddie Payne’s side went to the front and stayed there, but Bridgwater did not give up and were almost in touch for most of the game. A five-shot win on end 16 gave a comfortable lead which was cut back by Bridgwater’s response of five shots near the end, resulting in a 10-shot win for Wedmore.

Colin Moss’ team took the lead on end four and steadily pulled away to a 15-shot lead on end 16 which enabled them to withstand a Bridgwater surge of nine shots in the last five ends and claim an eight-shot win.

In a bizarre situation, Wedmore were allocated a 10-shot victory on the fourth end as Bridgwater could not raise enough players to play it. This gave a maximum 16 points for an overall win and winning on four rinks.

Wedmore now stand comfortably in third place with a competitive shot difference in the league’s First Division.

Wedmore 75, Bridgwater 41: V Mathews, C Panchaud, T Brown, R Barron, 26-10; B Back, J Harris, R Thurkettle, E Payne 26-16; A Birch, J Runciman, R Newall, C Moss 23-15.

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