St Andrews reach last 32 of national competition

PUBLISHED: 11:35 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 14 November 2018

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St Andrews defeated Bristol by eight shots to reach the last 32 of the national Egham Trophy.

St Andrews squeezed through into the last 32 of the national Egham Trophy, beating Bristol by eight shots.

Their victory looked unlikely at several stages of the match. At the halfway stage, they were 10 behind overall, then the tide began to turn.

Phil Villis’ away four always had the upper hand and won by seven shots. But Saints’ other away quartet were up against it, 12 shots down at 15 ends and 14 behind after 18.

At home, Don Bailey’s rink trailed by nine at halfway and only Darrell Johnston’s team, 10 ahead after 15 ends, were keeping Saints in with a chance.

However, Bailey clawed his way back gradually, losing by just five. News came through that Villis had won by seven at Bristol and Saints started to believe they could win.

The decisive end of the match was the 17th on Johnston’s rink. That brought them a six, extending their lead to 15, and Saints had edged ahead overall.

At that stage, they were six up, but, with just one wood left at Bristol, Forse was five down on his last end. Nervelessly, he drew a side toucher with his last bowl and when Johnston scored a two on his penultimate end, Bristol conceded.

In the last 32 round, Saints will play Clarrie Dunbar on November 25.

St Andrews 79, Bristol 71 – home: Judy Forse, Meg Favis, S Stocker, D Johnston 33-15; Carolina Venn, Marie McMillan, K Curtis, D Bailey 13-18. Away: M Millard, J Pitman, L Stocker, P Villis 22-15; R McMillan, A Campbell, S Davies, B Forse 11-23.

St Andrews made a double exit from another national competition when their A and B teams both lost in the over-60 double rink.

Although the A team’s home rink were not at their best, they led by four after 10 of the 18 ends. Then they failed to score for five ends, slipping six behind, and a last-end five was only enough to earn a draw.

The A away rink were behind throughout and a late rally could not avert a five-shot defeat.

St Andrews A 29, Dorchester A 34 – home: J Wilkes, J Keay, K Curtis, D Bailey 20-20; Away: K Uglow, M Stocker, P Villis, B Forse 9-14.

Saints B were very much the underdogs against Ilminster A and duly lost heavily. But Brian May’s home rink did themselves proud and led 17-13 until dropping five shots on the last two ends.

The B away rink will want to forget their performance, winning only four ends as they went down by 28 shots.

St Andrews B 21, Ilminster A 50 – home: N Bassett, T Yeeles, D Hurst, B May 17-18. Away: C Howard, T May, G Webber, B Reeves 4-32.

There were a couple of national successes for Saints’ players last week. Barrie Forse gave a brilliant display to beat a North Petherton player 21-2 away in the Champion of Champions event.

Barrie’s wife Judy partnered Sue Sinclair to an impressive away victory in the ladies’ pairs, beating a Taunton Deane duo 18-10.

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