Four St Andrews players reach open tournament semi-finals

Danny Favis bowling for St Andrews.

Danny Favis bowling for St Andrews. - Credit: Archant

Four St Andrews players reached the semi-finals of the Weston Open Bowls Tournament.

Four players from St Andrews were semi-finalists in the Weston Open Bowls Tournament at Clarence Park.

Nick Sell and George Webber had a good run in the men’s pairs before losing to Victoria’s Colin Gazzard and Mike Cooper, the eventual runners-up.

Barrie Forse and Audrey Powell led champions Philip and Mary Brown (Llanbradach) by two playing the last end of their semi-final, but missed out by one shot. The Browns retained their title.

The only inter-club match at St Andrews was against Rhondda tourists Gilfach Goch. Ken Curtis, who had a seven on the 11th end, edged home by one on his rink, but the other three Saints’ quartets lost.

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St Andrews 65, Gilfach Goch 100: K Rodgers, R Smith, J Ling, D Favis 11-34; T Lay, B McLeod, R Wootten, K Curtis 24-23; B Rogers, D Reynolds, D Price, B Green 16-18; R Gordon, G Tofte, J Warren, G Cooper 14-25.

There were high hopes of a run in the National Top Club competition, but again this proved not to be as Clevedon Promenade were victorious and Victoria will have to wait another year.

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On a damp and miserable afternoon, a friendly was played against Gilfach Goch. Despite the rain the game was played in a good spirit and honours were shared with each side winning two rinks, but the hosts ran out winners by 11 shots.

Victoria 81, Gilfach Gogh 70: W Nicholls, T Gatehouse, C Chudley, D Jones 28-11; L Kelly, J Revill, R Bromet, A Yates 19-21; Carmine, J Smart, D Hurst, S Davies 17-16; Alan Hollier, D Parker, P Wyatt D Fairhurst 17-22.

Victoria 2, Clevedon Prom 3 (National Top Club)- two-wood singles: R Bromet 17-8; four-wood singles: D Fairhurst 10-21; pairs: B Pocock, C Heal 20-13; triples: M Campbell, D Hurst, M Stocker 11-27; fours: P Coumis, A Yates, K Holland, P Leadbeater 15-20.

Ashcombe played a six-rink mixed game against a touring team from Victoria Park, Bideford.

It was a friendly, good humoured match, even though Ashcombe only won on two rinks

Ashcombe 94, Bideford 110: M Tripp, C Vardon, A Goacher, B Benstead 24-11; M Dew, J Mathews, J Whitlow, R Tasker 13-19; S Noyes, G Tucker, T Morgan, G Sansam 13-29; D Underhay, B Alden, J Creasey, M Tasker 20-13; P March, M Shufflebotham, J Main, M Bass 12-20; L Owens, C Gerlach, P Wynne, D Wynne 12-17.

Ashcombe 63, Avon Somerset Police 73 (mixed friendly): R Counsell, C Hedges, J McKenzie, T Morgan 12-26; D Freestone, L Cox, K Wheeler 15-14; B Duncan, W Spring, B McGregor, DA Williams 14-15; B Bishop, L Owens, S Hedegs, G Sansam 22-18.

Ashcombe C had a resounding 72-41 win against Bristol C in the North Somerset League, taking all three rinks.

On the rink of C Gerlach, W Spring, B Benstead and skip A Tucker, they won handsomely 27-11. The other two rinks were M Butt, R Stokes J Bryant and G Wilkinson (23-16) and G Tucker, B Bishop, B Miles and D Carr (22-14).

In the men’s friendly against Congresbury, Ashcombe only managed to win one of the four rinks played.

Ashcombe 60, Congresbury 91: S Hedges, D Bleasdale, DA Williams, J Yalor 17-18; L Cox, T Morgan, R Powell, G Sansam 22-15; D Underhay, E Roberts, J Creasey, M Bass 12-30; D Freestone, A Freke, J Whitlow, G Fews 9-28.

Winscombe played Sydney Gardens, Bath, in the national two-rink competition.

They were ahead on both rinks for most of the match, but one rink was close, eventually finishing in a draw. The other rink won easily and Winscombe play Bristol in the next round.

At Wrington in a mixed friendly, Dave Peakall’s rink had a good win, but the other three rinks lost heavily.

In the first leg of a traditional 21-end friendly triples match at Bath, the rinks were tied, but Winscombe came away with a 19-shot win.

Winscombe’s Over-60s team is not having the best of season’s after winning this league for the last two years. This time is was Burnham who came to Winscombe and went away with a win and 16 points to Winscombe’s four.

Winscombe 32, Sydney Gardens 13: B Paul, P Frederdorff, M Nash, G Neville 17-17; W Ainsworth, K Whatling, M Dorrington, R Lacy 32-13.

Winscombe 39, Wrington 83: D Brown, D Sapsford, D Peakall 22-11; A Griffin, M Newing, G Hill 7-17; J Wiles, D Johnson, R Sapsford 5-30; D Seaman, J Rush, P John 5-25.

Winscombe 124, Bath 105: D Brown, M Hunter, W Ainsworth 30-9; R Fisher, M Nash, K Whatling 20-16; P Hopes, R Weller, P Fredersdorff 17-19; M Newing, L Collier, M Dorrington 16-25; T Moody, G Coombe, R Lacy 25-13; N Hansford, G Hill, T Ellis 16-23.

Winscombe 99 (4), Burnham 112 (16): G Lloyd, L Collier ,W Ainsworth 24-14; M Newing, J Sprouting, G Neville 15-24; C Westlake, M Fletcher, T Ellis 18-24; P John, G Coombe, T Dudley 19-15; K Whatling, M Nash, P Fredeersdorff 12-21; B Paul, B Weller, R Lowman 13-14.

Wedmore hosted a Somerset Patrons match, but a cloudburst flooded the green. Thirty minutes later the green was brushed and play started soon after.

Wedmore men had a good 40-shot away win in the Clevedon & District Over-60s at Chew Stoke. Colin Moss and his team had the best win of the day with a 26-7 victory.

Wedmore 121, Chew Stoke 81: T Counsell, S Fisher, R Thurkettle 16-13; D Barnett, M Green, T Brown 16-18; R Hunt, R Norris, K Pettit 20-10; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 26-7; J White, D Trow, C Panchaud 18-16; J Runciman, R Bull, R Barron 15-17.

Portishead RBL visited Wedmore for a Weston & District Over-60s match and this time the home side had a tougher challenge losing by 18 shots.

Once again it was Colin Moss and his team who had the best of the day winning 23-12.

Wedmore 88, Portishead RBL 106: D Trow, M Green, D Stansfield 8-20; J White, I Faulkner, R Barron 12-18; C Wheller, S Fisher, K Pettit 18-12; R Bull, J Harvey, R Newelll 11-26; D Barnett, T Brown, C Moss 23-12; V Matthews, C Panchaud, R Thurkettle 16-18.

Wedmore ladies lost by just three shots in their away match against Congresbury in the Weston & District League. Marie Trow and her team almost rescued the match with a great 20-9 victory.

Wedmorer Ladies 47, Congresbury 50: M Barron, C Pettit, G Harvey 15-21; J Collins, A Birch, M Hordle 12-20,; A Wilkinson, T Newell, M Trow 20-9.

The second round of Mark Moor Cup was held at Wedmore and the home mixed team managed a narrow six-shot win and secure the cup for this year. Both Roger Hughes and Ron Barron had good wins which ensured victory.

Wedmore 123, Mark Moor 117: J Harvey, J Gainey, M Green, M Trow 18-21; T Hamblin, P Beard, M Hordle, I Faulkner 22-14; A Hughes, J Runciman, K Davey, G Harvey 12-24; M Barron, C Wheller, M Perry, D Stansfield 17-25; B Disbrey, T Simpson, L Hamblin, R Barron 27-12; J Collins, M Green, D Trow, R Hughes 27-11.

Winscombe Ladies had a convincing win against Isle of Wedmore in the Southey Cup, winning three disciplines to one.

Carol Hopes got the girls off to a great start in the singles winning 21-9. In the pairs, Sarah Lowman and Eve Watts had a bigger hill to climb being 16 -10 down after 16 ends, but battled back to lose by just four shots.

In the triples, Trixie Miles, Lesley Fredersdorff and Rowe Keane won 13 of the 18 ends and 20-6. They were also successful in the rink match - Maureen Sprouting, Lorna Whatling, Angela Ainsworth and Wendy Weller won 23-13.

Winscombe play Victoria in the next round and will be looking for revenge for the narrowest of defeats last year in this competition.

Winscombe Ladies 3, Wedmore 1 - singles: C Hopes) 21-9; pairs: S Lowman, E Watts 14-18; triples: I Miles, L Fredersdorff, R Keane 20-6; fours: M Sprouting, L Whatling, A Ainsworth, W Weller 23-13.

Winscombe also played a friendly match against Victoria on their green. One rink had to play triples as one Winscombe player had failed to turn up. This rink ended in a friendly draw.

On the other two rinks, the four skipped by Sarah Lowman won by six shots. The other rink skipped by Rowena Keane were six shots down going into the last end and the match was all square.

Victoria were holding two shots when Rowena played a precise wood which got the shot and Winscombe won the match by one shot overall.

Five men had to be drafted into the St Andrews Ladies team for the friendly against lady tourists Rhiwbina.

One of them, Danny Favis, skipped the most successful home rink as Saints won by 17 shots.

St Andrews Ladies 68, Rhiwbina 51: F Allen, B Goddard, S Priory, Danny Favis 27-8; J Yeates, Malcolm Goddard, J Smith, M Favis 17-18; Rod Smith, D Baker, Tony Ware, M Pattenden 14-13; M Barnes, A Greenwood, Adrian Cooper, J Ware 10-12.

Victoria Ladies travelled to Bath with high hopes of proceeding to the next round of the Tony Allcock Trophy.

However, this proved not to be so with a loss to a strong home team.

A friendly against local rival Winscombe was lost by the narrowest of margins, just one shot.

Victoria Ladies 29, Bath 42 (Allcock Trophy): H Frye, S Cooper, C Gazzard, M Cooper 18-17; S Newman, M Hillman, A Yates, W Harrison 11-25.

Victoria Ladies 43, Winscombe 44 (friendly): N Whyte, R Bailey, B Mangan, M Chudley 16-11; S Milliner, M Slavin, C Sage, E Newport 14-20; B Williams, H Chesters, S Newman, S Harrison 13-13.

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