Victoria bowlers enjoy first leg advantage over St Andrews

PUBLISHED: 10:41 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:41 24 January 2018

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Victoria enjoyed a first leg victory over St Andrews in the Ron Taylor Cup, running out winners by 16 shots.

Victoria started the new year with an outstanding win in the first leg of the Ron Taylor Cup against St Andrews, with Tony Webb, Brian Pocock and Phil Fisher winning the home rink by 21 shots.

Richard Hollier, Roy Bromet and Colin Heal playing away, ensured the leg went to Victoria beating their opposing triple by 14 shots.

This defeat inspired St Andrews to exact revenge in the Weston Mixed League by fielding a strong squad to overcome Victoria on three rinks, with the Victoria rink of Dave Carpenter, Rita Bailey, Roy Bromet and skip Kay Wilson collecting two points for their nine-shot win.

Victoria 86, St Andrews 70 (Ron Taylor Cup): Tony Webb, B Pocock. P Fisher 30-9; C Santosouisso, J Langridge, D Fairhurst 13-30; M Milliner, G Hodge, P Wyatt 17-19; R Hollier, R Bromet, C Heal 26-12.

Victoria 34 (2), St Andrews 70(14) (Weston Mixed League): T Webb, H Chesters, D Roberts, R Cleeves 5-26; D Carpenter, R Bailey, R Bromet, K Wilson 16-7; F Payne, L Kelly, C Stevens, G Hodge 7-21; M Kelly, M Payne, B Williams, P Wyatt 6-16.

St Andrews bowler Barrie Forse came through an epic match to reach the area final of the EIBA national singles championship.

Also through to an area final is his 16-year-old clubmate Imogen Cracknell, who was competing in the national under-18 mixed singles.

Forse was struggling to stay in touch on his home rink against Ilminster’s formidable Matt Hamilton, 6-13 down and apparently unable to break his opponent’s stranglehold on the match.

But, end by end, mainly picking up singles, he edged his way back into the game and threes on successive ends gave him the advantage.

With Hamilton, who had been firing accurately, starting to miss the target, Forse built up a 19-13 lead, only for his opponent to get back to within three shots.

At 20-16, needing one to win, Forse put three woods near the jack and three ferocious firing shots by Hamilton all missed, to the relief of the home supporters. In the area final, Forse will play Moonfleet’s Darren Nutman.

The veteran Forse saw off another young Ilminster player in the national two-wood singles, again coming from behind to beat Levi Hembrow 21-16 at St Andrews and reach the area semi-final.

His opponent in that on February 4 will be clubmate Andrew Owens, a former national two-wood champion in the outdoor game.

Forse’s clubmate Ken Uglow was given a walkover to the area semi-final of the national over-60 singles when his opponent John Parsons (Donyatt) quit after four ends on his home rink because of a hip problem.

Parsons also conceded the national over-50 triples game away to Forse, Uglow and Darrell Johnston, putting them in the area semi-final at home to another Donyatt team.

Imogen Cracknell had to travel to Yeovil to play Austin Nash (Moonfleet) in her under-18 area semi-final. She won the first set 14-1 and tied the second 7-7 to go through. In the area final, she will play Connor Thompson (Plymouth).

This weekend, Cracknell makes the long trip to City of Ely for the final stages of the national girls’ under-25 championship. She faces Hannah Smith (Welford-on-Avon) in the last 16 of the competition, which will be played to a finish through Saturday and Sunday.

Saints’ Sam and Lee Stocker and Craig Walker now have a date for their national triples area final against a team from Bridport & West Dorset – Saturday, February 17, at Street (10am).

The AGM of the Association of St Andrews Bowling Clubs will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday (10.30am).

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