Clarence edge home by one shot in the Turnbull Cup

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Clarence defeated Congresbury by one shot in the Turnbull Cup, their second successive one-shot victory in the competition.

CLARENCE continued their nail-biting progress in the Somerset Turnbull Cup with their second successive one-shot victory.

This time, their victims were home team Congresbury, with the match decided by an umpire’s measure as the light faded. Clarence led narrowly for much of the game, but fell a few behind. But the finishing power that had seen them through the previous round at Ashcombe Park again proved decisive as, in the last two ends, Clarence picked up nine shots to Congresbury’s one.

Also as at Ashcombe, the decisive rink was Brian Ballinger’s, the last to finish. They won by 13 shots, including that crucial umpire’s measure, which gave the verdict to club captain Brendan Duffy’s wood.

Roger Burrough’s rink stormed back from 10-0 down to win by four, including a seven on the 11th end.

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Congresbury 73, Clarence 74: A Gardiner, T Pritchard, G Barlow, R Burrough 24-20; M Edlin, T Mannion, R Crawford, D Stott 16-19; B Rossiter, T Ward, J Keay, P Palmer 10-23; R Flicker, P Tubb, B Duffy, B Ballinger 24-11.

Clarence Blues’ Over-60s League fixture away to Ashcombe Crusaders was called off by the home team because it was too wet. However, the Golds, Clarence’s second team in the Over-60s League, were able to play their away match with Ashcombe Templars in lovely weather the following day and earned a fine victory.

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They finished up on five of the six rinks, skipped by Mike Davies, club captain Brendan Duffy, John Edwards, John Hayes and Maurice Phillips, for overall victory by 22 shots. Phillips and his triple picked up nine shots over the last four ends, while the Davies trio came back from 8-2 down to win.

Ashcombe Templars 86 (2), Clarence Blues 108 (18): B Cheffers, J Hicks, M Davies 18-10; L Lewis, M Scoins, B Duffy 21-19; J Kellaway, A Newland, J Edwards 16-14; C Tippett, J Atkins, John Hayes 17-14; J Hawkins, A Taylor, M Phillips 21-11; M Peters, R Dodson, R Higgins 15-18.

Clarence’s mixed friendly at home to St Dunstans had to be abandoned at tea when torrential rain flooded the green. The visitors were ahead at the time.

Clarence 45, St Dunstans 57: Shirley Scoins, N Martin, A Cord, D Stott 9-9; A Bishop, M Skyrme, Veronica Jones, M Phillips 7-11; Janet Anning, A Newland, B Cornwall, B Duffy 7-4; B Cheffers, Val Gardiner, K Marshall, Joan Duffy 6-4; B Rossiter, Pat Phillips, T Mannion, R Crawford 9-9; J Hawkins, M Scoins, A Gardiner, Carol Edlin 4-9; H Dunn, Eileen Wade, Audrey Harris, Pam Hawkins 3-11.

A torrential shower half an hour before the scheduled start threatened to put paid to Clarence’s home game against tourists Llansawel. But No 3 green was ruled playable and the Welshmen enjoyed themselves, both on and off, the rink, to win by 11 shots.

Clarence finished up on only two of the six rinks, those skipped by Richard Crawford and Mick Edlin. There was a lively atmosphere in the clubhouse afterwards.

Clarence 106, Llansawel 117: T Ward, R Tancock, John Hayes, T Pritchard 18-21; L Lewis, J Hicks, M Davies, R Crawford 18-14; J Kelloway, A Kermack, J Keay, T Mannion 18-23; B Rossiter, M Peters, B Cornwall (replaced by I Phipps at tea), B Duffy 21-24; T Hooper, A Taylor, D Grier, M Edlin 23-14; J Hawkins, C Tippett, M Skyrme, J Edwards 8-21.

Clarence’s Sunday mixed team and visitors Community, from Worcester, dodged the showers, and tried to make themselves heard over the motorbike din from the beach, during an enjoyable match which the visitors just edged.

Community included several formidable players who compete every year in the Weston Men’s Tournament. One of their skips was Adrian Burbridge, seven times winner of the men’s singles. But he and his rink met their match in Pam Fowler, John Atkins, Mike Scoins and skip Mick Edlin, who beat them 26-18, including a six on the 12th end.

Clarence finished up on two of the other five rinks, those skipped by club secretary Tony Mannion and vice-captain David Stott. Mannion’s team had a seven on the 13th end.

Clarence Sunday 116, Community 123: Shirley Scoins, D Gilbert, Irene Hicks, B Ballinger 18-23; Geraldine Hookway, Lucy Oldham, I Phipps, Carol Edlin 16-27; J Hawkins, J Kelloway, M Peters, Pam Hawkins 13-19; Norma Peters, A Bishop, Ann Ballinger, T Mannion 23-21; R Tancock, Lesley Phipps, J Hicks, D Stott 20-15; Pam Fowler, J Atkins, M Scoins, M Edlin 26-18.

VICTORIA defeated Winscombe by 10 shots in the Turnbull Cup and will now play Portishead RBL in the next round.

Victoria 84, Winscombe 74: P Wyatt, J Newman, T Bray, M Stocker 11-26; N Stocker, H Gibbs, P Leadbeater, M Cooper 30-11; M Campbell, P Fisher, D Fairhurst, C Gazzard 23-20; D Beard, M Fletcher, K Harvey, W Harrison 20-17.

Victoria won on all rinks to defeat visitors Pontyclun by 41 shots.

Victoria 117, Pontyclun 76: R Austin, M Willetts, N Sell, J Newman 19-14; D Beard, W Nicholls, M Fletcher, M Campbell 24-19; D Roberts, J Mingo-West, G Richards, D Jones 19-16; L Kelly, J Griffiths, M Manning, M Taylor 26-11; R Rockett, G Hodge, P Leadbeater, T Bray 29-16.

The bi-annual trip to Worcester normally ends in a defeat, but this year was different thanks to good wins on two rinks. A downpour towards the end of the game did not dampen Victoria spirits and everyone enjoyed a fine day out.

Victoria 110, Worcester 103: W Nicholls, C Stevens, P Newport, M Stocker 12-17; R Squires, C Chudley, S Cooper, D Jones 8-24; J Griffiths, T Broughton, E Newport, M Taylor 16-19; S Buckler, T Gatehouse, M Chudley, K Harvey 16-15; L Kelly, S Newman, T Barnes, M Cooper 25-15; P Wyatt, F Waters, J Newman, M Campbell 33-13.

Three teams were involved in the Somerset County League and all three won with the A and B teams successful at home and the C team winning at Clevedon Prom.

ST ANDREWS, playing away to Banwell, lost their Turnbull Cup match by 46 shots, with the rink skipped by Andrew Owens having their only success winning by seven.

St Andrews played Frome Selwood at home in the Top Club competition. Andy McMillan got Saints off to a great start, winning the two-wood singles 21-5, before Barrie Forse narrowly lost the four-wood singles 18-22.

The Frome side had control of the fours match winning by 13 shots, with Malcolm Goddard and Steve Davies winning their pairs by nine shots. The result of the tie rested on the result of the triple skipped by Don Bailey.

Saints scored a three on the penultimate to go one shot in front, but in the failing light, the Frome trio took two shots on the final end to win the match and the tie by the narrowest of margins.

In the Allcock Trophy playing away to Clevedon, Saints had a reversal of fortune with match all square after 21 ends. An extra end was played, which went in St Andrews’ favour and an entry in to the next round.

St Andrews had a comprehensive win by 47 shots in mixed match against a touring side from Woodford-Cum-Membris.

St Andrews 2, Frome Selwood 3 (Top Club): A McMillan 21-8; B Force 18-22; M Goddard, S Davies 26-17; R Venn, K Curtis, D Bailey 21-22; K Uglow, R Smith, D Favis, G Aldridge 11-24.

St Andrews 51, Banwell 97 (Turnbull Cup): R Smith, K Uglow, K Curtis, A Owens 20-13; M Goddard, R McLeod, A Ware, S Davies 12-19; R Venn, G Tofte, B Reeves, G Aldridge13-28; A Yeeles, R Roberts, D Favis, D Bailey 6-37.

St Andrews 38, Clevedon 37 ( Tony Allcock Trophy): R Smith, J Forse, A Campbell, K Curtis 17-25; R Venn, J Smith, D Favis, M Favis 20-12.

St Andrews 131, Wooodford-Cum-Membris 84 (friendly): F Allen, K Dobney, J Ling, J Warren 17-17; J Forse, M McMillan, R Venn, B Forse 36-7; J McMillan, R Smith, A Cooper, S Priory 23-14; K Rogers, D Cooper, S Sinclair, M Goddard 14-18; A Lay, A Greenwood, T Allen, A McMillan 23-14; R Lee, R McLeod, J Smith, A Horsburgh 18-14.

DESPITE winning on two rinks in the Wedmore Plate against Wrington, Ashcombe lost the game by 11 shots.

Ashcombe 74, Wrington 85: J Main, S Hedges, J Taylor, J Whitlow 14-23; A Wilmot, F Ham, M Southwood, DA Williams 23-20; M West, A Little, T Cottrell, I Shannon 15-24; R Powell, E Roberts, G Wilkinson, A Yates 22-18.

WINSCOMBE started the week with an enjoyable friendly game away to Wrington, which ended in a draw over the four rinks with 71 shots each.

The home game against Clevedon Promenade in the Weston & District Over-60s League produced a good win for the home team by 44 shots. Winscombe lost in round four of the Turnbull Cup away to Victoria, despite a late rally and went down by 10 shots.

There were better results, however, in the Somerset League with all three teams winning. The A team won at home against Portishead RBL B by six shots, the B team at home to Mark Moor by 34 and the C team away to Yatton C by 29 shots.

Winscombe 71, Wrington 71(friendly): P Hopes, L Coombe, G Hill, S Lowman 23-20; M Sprouting, P John, W Weller G Coombe 12-17; J Rush, P Heal, J Sprouting, S Caddy 17-15; D Rush, R Weller, J Kimmins, R Lowman 19-19.

Winscombe 112, Clevedon Promenade 68 (Weston & District Over-60s League): K Whatling, G Coombe, R Birmingham 17-18; R Wootten, A Watts, M Adams 18-17; R Lowman, P Fredersdorff, G Neville 23-13; R Kibble, T Uccellini, A Dudley 31-11; B Paul, L Collier, T Ellis 25-7; G Lloyd, M Hunter, W Ainsworth 15-20.

Winscombe 74, Victoria 84 (Turnbull Cup): R Wootten, M Nash, G Coombe, R Birmingham 26-11; R Lowman, L Collier, R Lacy, T Ellis 20-23; M Dorrington, G Neville, A Dudley, S Eastment 11-30; A Watts, J Sprouting, W Ainsworth, M Adams 17-20.

Winscombe A 53 (10), Portishead RBL B 47 (2) (County League): R Wootten, S Easterby, W Ainsworth, M Adams 21-15; R Lowman, T Uccellini, A Dudley, S Eastment 16-15; G Neville, L Collier, R Lacy, T Ellis 16-17.

Winscombe B 78 (12), Mark Moor 44 (County League): B Paul, T Moody, M Hunter, A Watts 17-12; G Lloyd, K Whatling, J Sprouting, P Fredersdorff 31-19; N Hansford, R Kibble, G Coombe, M Dorrington 30-13.

Winscombe C 81 (10), Yatton C 52 (2) (County League) : E Kindred, B Prince, R Knight, M Hunt 9-22; D Beaverstock, M Newing, J Smith, R Fisher 44-13; P Hopes, D Johnson, R Sapsford, G Hill 18-17.

ISLE of Wedmore hosted the Avon and Somerset Constabulary North versus South match, the first such fixture for some years, with the South coming out as winners.

The ladies were at home to Wyrral Park in a friendly three-rink triples match. The visitors won two of the three rinks, but the match was saved by Maureen Hordle’s rink recording an excellent 27-7 win, giving the home side victory by just five shots overall.

Wedmore Ladies 52, Wyrral Park 47: I Rowlett, D Gallop, M Hordle 27-7; T Newell, J Gainey, S Wederell 16-17; B Disbrey, R Aston, M Trow 9-23.

Bad weather caused disruption to the club programme leading to the cancellation of two matches. The ladies’ Wessex League match at Clevedon was called off and torrential rain in the evening led to a last-minute cancellation of the men’s home Mid Somerset League fixture.

The ladies were again in action when they were at home to Ashcombe in the Wessex League. Pauline Cottrell’s rink produced an excellent 30-11 result, leading to an overall win.

Wedmore Ladies 64, Ashcombe 49: J Collingwood, L Hamblin, D Gallop, G Harvey 22-16; B Disbrey, J Hunt, J Wheller, M Stansfield 12-22; M Green, M Barron, P Beard, P Cottrell 30-11.

The men were away to Clevedon in a four-rink triples friendly match. Wins on three of the four rinks led to an overall win for Wedmore.

Wedmore 70, Clevedon 51: C Wheller, D Collins, K Burt 24-6; D Trow, B Keen, K Davey 17-11; T Hamblin, J Runciman, C Panchaud 14-21; V Matthews, B Aston, I Faulkner 15-13.

The club hosted the third and fourth rounds of the Somerset Bowls Association ladies’ and men’s two-wood competition. Wedmore’s Shirley Wederell won through in her third round match to go through, but lost in the next round by one shot in a 13-14 defeat.

Bad weather was again the problem when the ladies’ Weston and District League match against Clarence had to be cancelled.

An improvement in the weather on Saturday afternoon allowed both Somerset County League A and B team matches to go ahead as scheduled. The A team were away to Victoria B in Division 1, where Ron Barron’s rink were the only winners in a nine-shot defeat.

Wedmore 50, Victoria 59: T Brown, R Thurkettle, R Newell, R Hughes 18-22; R Bull, I Gallop, G Anniuk, R Barron 24-15; D Trow, K Phillimore, D Wederell, E Payne 8-22.

The B team travelled to Portishead for their Division2 match against Portishead C. Wedmore won on all three rinks with Colin Moss’s rink scoring an excellent 38-7 in an overall 38-shot victory.

Wedmore 73, Portishead C 35: V Matthews, C Wheller, I Faulkner, D Stansfield 17-13; J Runciman, C Panchaud, A Birch, C Moss 38-7; B Aston, T Hamblin, D Collins, K Burt 18-15.

IN a busy week, Banwell were successful in all their game, beating St Andrews in the Turnbull Cup, Clevedon Promenade in the North Somerset Cup and Portishead in the Four Dimensions.

There was also a victory in a friendly against a touring side from Pontyclun.

Although Banwell only won on two rinks, convincing wins by Darrell Johnston and his rink, plus Phil Villis and his rink saw Banwell through to the next round of North Somerset Knockout Cup.

Banwell 100, Clevedon Prom 93: T Hyde, T Thompson, D Towie, T Steer 19-21; V McArdell, M Laycock, K Burgess, J Davies 14-30; H Woodards, J Amos, H Guckian, P Villis 25-18; T Garfield, M House, P Aldus, D Johnston 28-7; G Millard, L Smith, J Laurent, M Davies 14-17.

Banwell sailed through to the fifth round of the Turnbull Cup with a fine 97-51 win over St Andrews. Banwell, won on three o the four rinks, with the highlights of the game were the picking up of two scores of seven by the rinks of Mike Davies and Darrell Johnston.

Banwell 97, St Andrews 51: H Woodards, J Rickerty, P Villis, D Johnston 28-13; T Garfield, M Laycock, T Steer, M Davies 37-6; G Millard, D Towie, C Wilson, B Taylor 19-12; V McArdell, P Aldus, H Guckian, J Davies 13-20.

A fine three disciplines to one win took Banwell into the next round of the 4 Dimensions. Mal Laycock gets a special mention as he considered his marking skills were exemplary in the singles game, considering a stressful afternoon he had experienced with the president and a car parking machine.

Singles: B Taylor 21-12; pairs: D Towie, M Davies 10-25; triples: T Garfield, T Steer, J Davies 26-13; rink: P Aldus, H Guckian, P Villis, D Johnston 19-13.

Banwell defeated tourists Pontyclub 105-75, winning on four rinks and drawing the other, against a side that were certainly having fun. President Barry Taylor skipped the highest winning rink.

Banwell 105, Pontyclub 75: T Hyde, C Coffin, D Towie, H Guckian 23-12; D Robinson, G Hollier, J Rickerty, P Aldus 21-18; T Thompson, J Keith, G Millard, D Johnston 16-16; T Burnett, J Amos, M Laycock, B Taylor 26-13; A Dale, M House, J Laurent, J Davies 19-15.

WINSCOMBE ladies played only two of their three league matches last week after bad weather prevented the game going ahead against Clevedon Prom.

Their match against Clevedon away in the NSTL resulted in a 51-50 victory, after losing one rink by 10 shots, drawing one rink and winning the third by 11 shots. Mavis Adams skipped the winning rink which gave the Winscombe team the vital extra shot.

The ladies were not so lucky in their game in the Wessex League played at home against Wessex. Despite one winning rink which finished 23-14, it was not quite good enough to cover the losses on the other two rinks and the final score was a 51-48 to the visitors.

Winscombe Ladies 51, Clevedon 50 (NSTL): M Smith, J Rush, L. Fredersdorff (c) 14-24; J Kimmins, W Weller, A Ainsworth 17-17; T Miles, S Lowman, M Adams 20-9.

Winscombe Ladies 48,Wessex 51 (Wessex League): M Smith, P Burns, S Lowis, L Fredersdorff (c) 23-14; M Sprouting, L Whatling, W Weller, R Keane 15-16 ; J Rush, L Coombe, S Caddy, A Ainsworth 10-21.

WESSEX ladies enjoyed a successful week with two wins and one cancelled match because of rain.

Wessex Ladies 51 (8), Winscombe 48 (2) (Wessex League): I Hicks, M Hawkins, M Davis, E Deane 14-23; P Hanson, N Peters, A Crawford, P Dunn 16-15; E Wade, J Allard, J Duffy, A Ward 21-10.

Wessex Ladies 60, St Andrews 28 (friendly): P Hanson, M Hawkins, B Jones 19-10; P Turner, J Allard, J Duffy 21-11; V Edwards, N Peters, P Dunn 20-7.

ST ANDREWS ladies lost their first game in the DRT League playing away at Chew Stoke.

They lost the match by 20 shots, their only points coming from the rink skipped by Meg Favis.

In an away friendly against Wessex ladies, they also suffered defeat by 31 shots, losing on all three rinks.

St Andrews Ladies 38, Chew Stoke 58 (DRT League): J Force, A Greenwood, B Goddard, M Pattenden 11-23; P Uglow, M Frost, J Smith, A Campbell 10-20; J Pitman, S Priory, M Bailey, M Favis17-15.

St Andrews Ladies 28, Wessex 59 (friendly): P Uglow, B Goddard, J Pitman, 10-18; F Allen, D Johnstone, S Glenville 11-21; J Force, A Campbell, J Ware 7-20.

CLARENCE Ladies were beaten narrowly away to Keynsham in the Bowls England Top Club competition.

The visitors took the pairs by eight shots and the fours by seven, but lost the triples and singles, which meant that the result had to be decided by overall shots. Keynsham winning by three.

Keynsham Ladies 65, Clarence Ladies 62 – singles: P Barnbrook 9-21; pairs: S Scoins, C Edlin 21-13; triples: S Pritchard, P Phillips, M Noddings 12-18; fours: J Colman, J Mannion, P Hawkins, V Collicott 20-13.

Clarence suffered another narrow defeat, this time at home to Clevedon in the North Somerset Triples League. Carol Edlin’s trio won and there was a draw for Pam Hawkins, but Clarence lost by two shots.

Clarence Ladies 43, Clevedon 45: S Ellis, V Jones, V Senior 11-16; A Harris, P Phillips, P Hawkins 16-16; J Colman, J Mannion, C Edlin 16-13.

VICTORIA ladies lost their Mendip League encounter against Fosseway, but picked up four precious points.

Victoria Ladies 51 (4), Fosseway 59 (6): D Owen, S Newman, M Chudley 19-14; R Cleeves, E Newport, S Cooper 15-31; G Poolman, A Holland, M Hillman 17-14.

Despite winning two of the four dimensions, Victoria lost on shot difference in the Southey Cup at Clevedon, who gained revenge for their earlier defeat to Victoria in the National Top Club competition.

Victoria Ladies 61, Clevedon 83 - singles: S Cooper 21-13; pairs: C Willetts, M Hillman 12-37; triples: T Ellis, S Newman, M Chudley 11-19; fours: C Sage, S Harrison, E Newport, A Holland 17-14.

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