Victoria left with mountain to clim

PUBLISHED: 09:35 20 January 2017

Victoria crashed to a heavy defeat against St Andrews in the first leg of the Ron Taylor Cup.

Victoria played St Andrews in the Ron Taylor Cup and despite an excellent rink win at home of eight shots by the triple of Harrison Whyte, Brian Pocock and Phil Fisher, three rink defeats at St Andrews ensured victory for St Andrews, leaving Victoria with a mountain to climb in the second leg.

In the mixed league against St Andrews, both Paul Coumis and Rose Cleeves skipped their rinks with fine performances from their rink members to each lose their rink by the narrowest of margins.

Victoria suffered a heavy defeat in the Somerset County League against Taunton, losing all four rinks and the game by an emphatic margin.

At the halfway stage of the domestic indoor competitions, the competition is close with the Goldfinches and Ibis separated by just a point in the men’s fours. In the men’s triples, three teams, Charlie, Bravo and Foxtrot are tied.

The ladies’ triples are currently led by the Wrens, with the Opals leading the mixed triples.

Victoria 45, St Andrews 81 (Ron Taylor Cup) - home: H Whyte, B Pocock, P Fisher 21-13. Away: L Kelly, D Parker, G Hodge 11-21; J Revill, W Nicholls, P Wyatt 14-22; A Webb, P Coumis, M Cooper 8-25.

Victoria 48, St Andrews 71 (mixed league) - home: N Whyte, H Whyte, P Wyatt, G Rain 12-28; H Chesters, A Hollier, C Stevens, M Hillman 9-13. Away: B Williams, L Kelly, W Nicholls, P Coumis 13-15; R Hollier, S Pocock, R Bailey, R Cleeves 14-15.

Victoria 46, Taunton 106 (Somerset County League): L Kelly, P Coumis, D Wheatley, M Cooper 8-30; J Revill, C Chudley, J Newman, C Heal 12-17; G Richards, D Parker, D Williams, M Manning 14-34; R Bromet, P Fisher, P Wyatt, M Stocker 12-25.

It was an extremely successful weekend for St Andrews, as their men beat Watchet and the mixed team had a thumping victory against Weston rivals Victoria.

The 14-shot win against Watchet came in the County Double Fours. Barrie Forse’s away rink came up trumps as usual, finishing 12 shots clear, while Don Bailey and his men won by two shots in a close finish at home.

They will play Victoria or Bridgwater in the next round.

St Andrews 45, Watchet 31 – home: J Wilkes, G Webber, S Davies, D Bailey 19-17. Away: K Uglow, P Villis, L Stocker, B Forse 26-14.

In the Weston Mixed League, Saints made it three wins out of three as they beat Victoria by 54 shots.

Jane Smith’s home rink, 5-11 down after 11 ends, piled up 14 shots in the rest of the game to win by eight. Darrell Johnston’s other home four dominated throughout.

Away, Steve Davies’s quartet recovered from a slow start to finish 16 shots ahead and Phil Villis, with three ladies, was also a comfortable winner, earning Saints maximum points.

St Andrews 85, Victoria 31 – home: R Smith, Jill Bishop, Ann Campbell, D Johnston 23-6; L Yeates, G Cooper, Jackie Pitman, Jane Smith 19-11. Away: Imogen Cracknell, D Reynolds, R Gill, S Davies 23-7; Debbie Baker, A Cooper, Sue Sinclair, P Villis 20-7.

In the EIBA individual competitions, players from Clevedon again proved just too good for Saints, this time in three singles matches.

Andrew Owens lost a tight match by four away to Mark Woods in the men’s singles. Current and former internationals Stef Branfield and Margaret Dyer were both given terrific battles by, respectively, Sue Sinclair (14-21, having been 13-11 up, ladies’ singles) and Judy Forse (15-21, ladies’ over-60 singles) before going through.

However, 15-year-old Imogen Cracknell advanced to the zone final of the under-18 singles, beating Bristol’s Brad Cox 2-1, notably with a couple of outstanding weighted shots at St Andrews.

St Andrews is assured of having a man in the inter-zone final of the men’s two-wood singles, with Barrie Forse playing clubmate Andrew Owens on Friday evening.

North Petherton 70, St Andrews 51 (mixed friendly): A Frost, Karen Cromey, A Cooper, B Cracknell 9-25; Jill Bishop, Jenny Webb, Sue Sinclair, D Johnston 10-33; Judy Forse, J Aspden, Debbie Baker, Imogen Cracknell 32-12.

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