Clarence enjoy emphatic Wedmore Plate victory

Clarence (yellow) v Winscombe bowls23,07,2016

Clarence (yellow) v Winscombe bowls23,07,2016 - Credit: Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Clarence defeat Mark Moor by 74 shots to reach the next round of the Wedmore Plate.


Clarence enjoyed an emphatic win over Mark Moor in the Wedmore Plate and meet St Andrews on Tuesday in the next round.

Clarence 120, Mark Moor 46: S Browning, D Grier, B Sweet, R Crawford 27-17; T Mannion, B Ballinger, D Towie, D Stott 31-16; A Gardiner, M Cerasoli, M Phillips, R Burrough 26-12; M Edlin, R Smith, B Duffy, G Barlow 36-1.

A hard-fought county match finished in a draw, despite Clarence winning on two of the three rinks. Rink of the day goes to skip Roger Burrough, who won by six.

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Clarence A 56, Winscombe A 56: A Gardiner, T Mannion, D Stott, R Burrough 21-15; S Browning, D Grier, B Sweet, R Crawford 17-24; M Edlin, R Smith, B Duffy, G Barlow 18-17.

Winning on all three rinks, Clarence defeated Victoria by 20 shots. Once again, Mike Scoins’ rink stood out, winning by 12 shots.

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Clarence B 59, Victoria D 39: L Lewis, A Bishop, P Lewis, M Scoins 20-8; T Ward, M Peters, R Stacey, P Williams 18-11; C Tippet, J Hayes, M Turnball, J Edwards 21-20.

A narrow loss by two shots led to a large swing in the points situation for the league, 16-4, meaning the Golds are now firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

Clarence Golds 85, Mark Moor 87: T Ward, N Martin, M Scoins 11-16; B Watkins, B Cheffers, D Weston 17-18; B Cloeman, J Hayes, C Tippet 14-7; J Kelloway, G Andrews, A Newland 13-23; A Bishop, K Marshall, M Davies 13-14; P Pileggi, M Peters, J Edwards 17-9

With action in both the Somerset Bowls League and the Weston and District Over-60s League, Ashcombe’s men’s teams struggled to make any headway against the opposition.

This was despite some fine bowling on individual rinks, which enabled them to pick up valuable league points.

Two out of Ashcombe’s three teams, the Crusaders and the Knights, had matches in the Weston and District Over-60s League. The Crusaders were at home to Portishead RBL, while the Knights were at home to Clevedon.

Crusaders 80, Portishead RBL 101: T Morgan, D Bleasdale, L Day 19-17; D Cooper, B Benstead, G Wilkinson 17-19; J Whitlow, M Southwood, J Creasey 7-23; S Hedges, M Paterson, J Taylor 15-9; L Cox, J Hornett, R Powell 13-17; G Kinsey, G Tottle, T Bass 9-16.

Knights 90, Clevedon 108: B Jones R Counsell, J Main 22-12; M Field, B Spring, A Freke 15-20; G Mills, M Paterson, E Hopkins 13-19; D Wynne, G Finnegan, E Roberts 8-22; G Pople, G Sansam, A Cracknell 15-22; F Bertram, M Bass, K Wheeler 17-13.

In the Somerset Bowls League, all three of Ashcombe’s teams were in action. The A team were at home to Portishead, while the B and C teams were away to Winscombe B and Willmott Park respectively.

Ashcombe A 42, Portishead 77: N Coombes, A Freke, S Hedges, J Creasey 19-17; M Paterson, D Bleasdale, T Bass, R Powell 7-35; G Fews, M West, J Taylor, J Whitlow 16-25.

Ashcombe B 53, Winscombe B 71: F Bertram, D Wynne, G Sansam, K Wheeler 19-16; D Freestone, S Andrews, P Dimmack, DA Williams 20-26; R Tasker, N Shufflebotham, T Cotterell, E Hopkins 14-30.

Ashcombe C 55, Willmott Park 71: C Gerlach, W Spring, B Benstead, A Tucker 17-21; G Tucker, B Bishop, B Miles, J Main 25-22; M Butt, R Stokes, J McKenzie, G Wilkinson 12-28.

Ashcombe also met St Andrews in the Wedmore Plate, losing out by three rinks to one.

Ashcombe 71, St Andrews 91: D Underhay, W Spring, M West, DA Williams 12-30; G Tucker, M Paterson, A Cracknell, J Whitlow 21-22; M Butt, B Benstead, R Powell, G Wilkinson 21-21; B Bishop, T Morgan, G Sansam, R Tasker 16-18.

Victoria Saxons strengthened their position at the top of Division 1 of the Weston & District Over-60s League, with two wins in the week and accumulation of 31 points.

The Saxons beat their nearest rivals St Andrews by an emphatic 54 shots losing on just one rink. Mike Stocker skipped his rink of Roy Bromet and Tony Bray to an excellent 20-shot win.

Winscombe were a sterner test restricting the Saxons to a nine-shot win and 13 points, the triple of Stocker, Bromet and Bray continued their winning streak with a rink win of 24 shots.

All four of Victoria’s league teams were in action with just the D team tasting defeat against a strong Clarence B team, who won all three rinks. Victoria’s rink of Tony Webb, Dave Roberts, Bill Nicholls and president Stuart Evans just fell short by just one shot to pick up a consolation two points.

The A team beat Portishead RBL by two shots with the rink of Roy Bromet, Alan Yates, Paul Leadbeater and Steve Davies securing the win with an 11-shot victory.

The B team won on two rinks skipped by Mike Stocker and Keith Holland against Yatton A and the match by eight shots. The C team played Yatton B and won the match with all three rinks scoring impressive results.

Bristol Arrow were the visitors to play a four-rink friendly and although the rink wins were shared, Bristol Arrow secured a winning margin of 13 shots. Top rink for Victoria was led by Paul Coumis, with Cliff Chudley, Brian Pocock and skip Derek Jones.

Saxons 124 (18), St Andrews 70 (2): R Bromet, A Bray, M Stocker 28-8; D Williams, J Newman, M Campbell 24-12; J Mingo-West, P Lunn, C Heal 16-9; H Whyte, M Manning, K Holland 22-10; R Rockett, A Shattock, D Sealey 16-20; B Pocock, D Hurst, A Yates 18-10.

Saxons 114 (13), Winscombe 105 (7): D Williams, J Newman, M Campbell 20-21; J Mingo-West, P Lunn, C.Heal 17-17; R Rocket, A Shattock, M Cooper 22-14; B Pocock, D Hurst, A Yates 9-22; T Gatehouse, M Manning, K Holland 12-21; R Bromet, A Bray, M Stocker 34-10.

Victoria A 60 (8), Portishead RBL A 58 (4): P Wyatt, L Stocker, C Heal, W Harrison 15-16; D Beard, A Bray, C Gazzard M Cooper 18-26; R Bromet, A Yates, P Leadbeater, S Davies 27-16.

Victoria B 72 (10), Yatton A 64 (2): J Mingo-West, P Fisher, J Newman, M Stocker 28-27; P Lunn, H, Gibbs, M Campbell, D Hurst 19-24; P Coumis, D Wheatly, M Manning, K Holland 25-13.

Victoria C 100 (12), Yatton B 39 (0): J Revill, D Williams, A Shattock, D Jones 41-7; D Parker, C Chudley, M Taylor, G Frost 25-16; M Willetts, G Richards, G Hodge, J Smart 34-16.

Victoria D 39 (0), Clarence B 59 (12).

Victoria 63, Bristol Arrow 76: P Coumis, C Chudley, B Pocock, D Jones 25-12; N Robbins, J Mingo-West, J Newman, D Hurst 6-25; L Kelly, T Broughton, R Bromet, P Leadbeater 17-15; W Nicholls, D Roberts, M Milliner, M Campbell 15-24.

Battling performances across all three rinks brought St Andrews their first 12-point victory in the Somerset County League.

They beat third-placed Isle of Wedmore A by 12 shots at home to move off the bottom of the table in Premier Two.

Nick Sell’s rink always held the advantage, but were just one ahead until they picked up a five on the 19th end. They won by eight shots.

Having been 7-0 up, Don Bailey slipped one behind after 12 ends, but recovered to win by two. That was also the victory margin for Barrie Forse’s men, who did well to recover from 2-12 down after nine ends. They were level with their opponents playing the final end, then picked up two, completing the Saints’ welcome clean sweep.

St Andrews A 62 (12), Isle of Wedmore A 50 (0): L Yeates, J Keay, T Steer, B Forse 20-18; A Cooper, B May, D Favis, D Bailey 18-16; K Uglow, G Cooper, G Webber, N Sell 24-16.

A fine performance by Tony Steer’s rink helped St Andrews to beat Ashcombe by 20 shots at home and reach the quarter-finals of the county Wedmore Plate.

Luke Yeates, Adrian Cooper, Ken Uglow and Steer were ahead from the first end and led 16-11 after 13 ends. From that point, they lost only one end, scoring 14 more shots to win by 18.

On the neighbouring rink, Nick Sell’s rink maintained their unbeaten record – but only just. Having led by one after 10 ends, they trailed 16-18 at 15 and 19-21 at 18. However, they picked up a single shot on each of the last three ends to finish one ahead.

Don Bailey’s four were involved in a very close battle and had slipped one behind by the 19th of the 21 ends. A five on the next gave them breathing space and they won by two. Barrie Forse’s rink lost by one, having been 19-17 up after 17 ends.

In the quarter-final, St Andrews will be away to old rivals Clarence.

St Andrews 91, Ashcombe 71: L Yeates, A Cooper, K Uglow, T Steer 30-12; T Yeeles, G Cooper, K Curtis, N Sell 22-21; R Wootten, J Keay, G Webber, B Forse 21-22; M Goddard, T Ware, R Venn, D Bailey 18-16.

Saints will want to forget their crushing home defeat by unbeaten leaders Victoria Saxons in Division 1 of the Weston & District Over-60s League.

They picked up only two points, courtesy of the reliable trio of Tony Yeeles, Brian May and Don Bailey. On a lightning-fast green, Victoria coped the better.

St Andrews 70, Victoria Saxons 124: R Wootten, B McLeod, G Cooper 8-28; M Goddard, T Ware, T Steer 12-24; R Potter, G Webber, B Reeves 9-16; T Lay, R Venn, J Warren 10-22; T Yeeles, B May, D Bailey 21-16; G Sims, J Keay, B Forse 10-18.

Fifteen-year-old Luke Yeates, of St Andrews, was a member of the Somerset team who drew with Wiltshire in the Junior Boys’ South-West Counties League. Luke was lead on a rink that won by two shots.

In a county Division 1 North match against Clarence, Winscombe were held to an exciting draw.

With Winscombe holding two shots, the match would be decided with the skips last woods. First blood to Clarence as their skip rested the Winscombe bowls to take the shot.

But Winscombe skip Tony Dudley was not finished as he delivered the perfect wood to take the shot back only to see a similar shot from Clarence for them to win the rink. Winscombe 56 (5), Clarence 56 (7): S Easterby, M Newing, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff 15-21; W Ainsworth, R Sapsford, G Neville, A Dudley 17-18; R Lowman, L Collier, G Coombe, M Adams 24-17.

Winscombe B team got back to winning ways with a good win against Ashcombe by 19 shots, picking up 10 points to Ashcombe’s two, in a 72-53 victory.

Winscombe had two over-60s league matches, the first in the quarter-final of the Weston Over-60s Cup at Portishead. This was an overwhelming victory for Winscombe by a record 84 shots.

Winscombe 146, Portishead 62: J Sprouting, T Dudley, M Adams 10-18; B Paul, G Coombe, R Birmingham 34-4; M Fletcher, G Neville ,T Ellis 26-12; G Lloyd, B Kibble, W Ainsworth 21-15; R Lowman, L Collier, R Lacy 28-6; K Whatling, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 27-7.

Winscombe lost against Victoria in an Over-60s League match. It was another close game with Winscombe winning on three rinks and drawing on one, but Victoria won overall by nine.

Winscombe 105 (7), Victoria 114 (13): J Sprouting, G Neville, M Adams 16-22; K Whatling, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 22-9; G Lloyd, B Paul, W Ainsworth 17-17; P John, G Coombe, R Birmingham 21-12; M Newing, L Collier, T Dudley 10-34.

This week the Wedmore men played away twice against Clevedon Prom and enjoyed good wins on both occasions.

Firstly in the Weston & District Over-60s League they won by an amazing 78 shots. Both Keith Pettit’s team and Roger Hughes team won by a margin of 19 shots and Ron Barron’s team wasn’t far behind with a differential of 17 shots.

Wedmore 138, Clevedon Prom 66: R Norris, B Dearden, K Burt 19-11; T Collingwood, D Collins, K Pettit 25-6; V Matthews, I Faulkner, R Hughes 27-8; T Counsell, C Wheller, R Thurkettle 19-16; P Smith, T Bullock, D Stansfield 18-12; J Clark, J Runciman, R Barron 30-13.

In the second match, this time in the Clevedon & District Over-60s League, Wedmore won by 100 shots to 76 with Dave Nicholls team having the best of the day with a 24-5 win.

The good performance continued when Wedmore visited Chew Stoke for the second round of the triples knockout cup and Wedmore men won 37 shots. This time Keith Pettit and his team had a great 33-6 win.

Wedmore 129, Chew Stoke 92: J Runciman, I Harris, R Hughes 16-17; A Birch, R Newell, E Payne 22-13; M Green, R Thurkettle, R Barron 22-17; T Brown, K Burt, D Nicholls 19-18; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 17-21; D Trow, D Stansfield, K Pettit 33-6.

The end of the week however proved more difficult with both the A and B teams losing. The A team were playing away at St Andrews and lost by 50 shots, while the B team lost at home by just three shots to Nailsea. Roy Thurkettle and his team had the only win of the day.

Wedmore ladies had an interesting situation in their away match at Nailsea in the MLT. It was played on one of the hottest days of the year and one rink had to abandon play after 16 ends.

The league secretary ruled that all three rinks should take their 16th end cumulative score and this gave Wedmore a win on two rinks and a draw on the third. Wedmore therefore scored nine points to Nailsea’s one.

In the second MLT match of the week, Wedmore ladies played away at Congresbury and in cooler conditions one the match by just one shot, but lost two out of three rinks. The winning rink was won by Carole Pettit and her team 17-9 and this swung the overall score in Wedmore’s favour.

Wedmore Ladies 52, Congresbury 51: B Disbrey, J Hunt, M Trow 20-22; J Collins, D Gallop, C Pettit 17-9; M Barron, J Collingwood, G Harvey 15-20.

The Wedmore triples team of Ann Hughes, Pam Beard and Maureen Hordle played in the Watchet Open Triples Day and came second, their second success in two weeks.

Finally, a mixed team visited Burnham for a friendly match and came away having won by 102 shots to 75. Gill Harvey and her team had the best result 22-11.

Wessex Ladies lost at Burnham by four shots in the sweltering heat, but the rink skipped by Elizabeth Williams managed to pick up two points.

An enjoyable match played on a fast running green versus Clarence men resulted in a loss by 11 shots Rinks skipped by Barbara Jones and Elizabeth Williams notched up a win.

Unfortunately, Wessex lost 5-2 in the Southey Trophy to Ashcombe.

Wessex Ladies 44 (2), Burnham 48 (8): P Turner, N Peters, J Davis 14-20; E Stott, D Welfare, A Ward 13-15; B Hayes, E Wade, E Williams 17-13.

Wessex Ladies 86, Clarence Men 97: S Hewitt, J Gardiner, E Wade, B Jones 18-15; K Dibble, T Langford, P Turner, E Williams 26-13; V Gardiner, L Hedderman, P Hanson, J Davis 14-25; V Edwards, C Falconbridge, E Stott, A Ward 17-20; J Hartree, J Allard, N Peters, J Duffy 11-24.

Wessex Ladies 55 (1.5), Ashcombe 80 (2.5) - singles: J Davis 4-21; pairs: C Peart, A Fewings 17-17; triples: N Peters, E Williams, P Taylor 13-23; fours: V Edwards, M Davis, A Ward, J Duffy 21-19.

Wessex meet North Petherton away in the Fear Cup Plate tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

Winscombe Ladies enjoyed two winning away matches in the Wessex League at Clevedon and in the Fear Cup at North Petherton.

At Clevedon, they won on all three rinks to claim the win by 19 shots and a full 10 points. The captain’s rink was the closest winning by just one shot after a seesaw match which saw the lead change several times.

Two fours and a six helped the visitors, while on end six, the home team almost scored a hot shot when they picked up seven shots. The other two rinks won more easily by nine shots each.

Winscombe Ladies 67 (10), Clevedon 48: I Miles, J Rush, L Whatling, R Keane 24-23; C Hopes, P Burns, S Loman, S Caddy 21-12; M Sprouting, L Dyer, A Ainsworth, W Weller 22-13.

In the Fear Cup, Winscombe won at North Petherton, largely due to an outstanding win by Sue Caddy’s rink and are rewarded with a home tie in the next round against St Andrews.

Winscombe Ladies 60, North Petherton 45: I Miles, J Rush, L Fredersdorff, W Weller 15-18; M Sprouting, M Adams, L Whatling, R Keane 15-17; C Hopes, L Parfitt, S Lowman, S Caddy 30-10.

Ashcombe Ladies defeat City of Wells by eight shots in the Fear Cup, winning on two of the three rinks.

Ashcombe Ladies 57, City of Wells 49: M Main, M Tucker, J Wilkinson, J McInally 17-14; N Counsell, J Sansome, M Williams, A Goacher 16-19; L Paterson, S Bayntun, M Tasker, S Weaden 24-16.

In the Southey Trophy, Ashcombe defeated Wessex 5-3, winning two, losing one and drawing one discipline.

Singles: N Counsell 21-4; pairs: M Tucker, A Goacher 17-17; triples: M Main, J Wilkinson, J McInally 23-13; rink: L Paterson, S Bayntun, M Tasker, S Weaden 19-21.

The next round of the Fear Cup is on August 5 at home to Clarence and the Southey Trophy is on August 7 away to St Andrews.

Ashcombe Ladies 48 (6), Portishead 46 (4): M Main, M Tucker, J Wilkinson 15-19; L Paterson, M Tasker, S Weaden 14-16; N Counsell, J Field, A Goacher 19-11.

Ashcombe Ladies 35, City of Wells 29: S Appleby, S Hopkins, A Goacher 12-8; A Cox, B Cullen, M Williams 15-10; L Paterson, C Hedges, J Field 8-11.

Victoria Ladies played Wrington in the Mendip League and despite winning two rinks skipped by Mildred Chudley and Rose Cleeves, were defeated by just two shots.

Victoria’s mixed team travelled to Cheltenham to play a seven-rink friendly, Victoria won three rinks with their best rink led by Hilary Chesters with Rose Cleeves, Terry Gatehouse and skip John Newman, but were convincingly beaten by 34 shots.

Victoria Ladies 42, Wrington 44: S Milliner, A Holland, M Chudley 19-11; G Poolman, S Newman, M Hillman 8-22; B Williams, E Newport, R Cleeves 15-11

Victoria Ladies 113, Cheltenham 147: W Nicholls, C Sage, A Bray, M Manning 12-20; C Stevens, C Chudley, B Pocock, M Stocker 12-21; N Whyte, E Sage, R Rockett, S Newman 15-20; H Chesters, R Cleeves, T Gatehouse, J Newman 19-12; M Slavin, G Pullman, B Johnson, M Taylor 11-35; H Frye, S Pocock, R Bromet, L Stocker 25-20; J Johnson, F Waters, H Whyte, D Fairhurst 19-18.

St Andrews Ladies won on all three rinks at home to Burnham as they reached the fifth round of the Somerset county Fear Cup.

A home victory by the substantial margin of 42 shots had not looked likely early on, as the visitors adapted more quickly to the tricky green.

However, as Saints got the measure of the surface, Meg Favis’s rink came back from 0-5 down to lead 11-5 after ten ends then 15-10 after 15. A seven on the 22nd end confirmed their superiority and they scored 17 shots on the last five ends to finish 21 clear.

It was a similar story for the rink skipped by Ann Campbell. They built up momentum gradually, 12-8 after ten ends, 23-8 (15), and won 11 of the last 12 ends to end with an advantage of 19.

Monica Pattenden’s four were involved in a real battle with strong opposition and were 1-7 down after six ends. A three on the 11th end enabled them finally to get their noses in front.

On the penultimate end, leading 15-14, they were facing a three or four-shot deficit until Pattenden bowled an outstanding wood for shot and they edged home eventually by two.

In the next round, St Andrews will be away to Winscombe.

St Andrews Ladies 77, Burnham 35: C Venn, M McMillan, M Bailey, M Favis 32-11; I Cracknell, B Goddard, A Powell, M Pattenden 17-15; J Forse, S Sinclair, J Pitman, A Campbell 28-9.

Judy Forse, Imogen Cracknell, Jackie Pitman and Ann Campbell lost 20-10 to a strong Yeovil quartet in the county semi-final of the National Fours at Ashcombe. Cracknell was standing in for Jane Smith, who was away.

Clarence Ladies lost on all three rinks to a strong Portishead side. Best losing rink was skipped by Carol Edlin, losing by three shots after picking up eight on the last two ends.

Clarence Ladies 43, Portishead 66: R Francombe, M Goodwin, V Jones 11-25; Scoins, S Pritchard, C Edlin 21-24; C Marshall, A Ballinger, J Mannion 11-17.

The ladies finished off a bad week with a loss to Burnham in the league. Best losing rink skipped by M Davison were all square after 14 ends, but with Burnham picking ones and twos on the final four ends, the ladies lost by five shots.

Clarence Ladies 44, Burnham 62: R Francombe, P Phillips, V Collicott 13-20; A Ballinger, P Burrough, C Edlin 16-22; S Pritchard, P Hawkins, M Davison 15-20.

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