Indoor finals held at local clubs

Martyn West.

Martyn West. - Credit: Archant

Several clubs in the area held the finals of their indoor competitions.

The culmination of this season’s Clarence Bowling Club indoor knockout competitions took part in four sections.

In the triples, JS Anning, L Oldham and skip N Martin took on E Williams, B Jones and skip B Underwood.

Underwood’s team waited until the fourth end before scoring, but then a five on the fifth end reversed their fortunes, putting them one point ahead. A further five in the next two ends produced an 11-4 lead.

A late rally by Martin’s team looked promising, but came too late and the Underwood team were victorious with a final score of 13-8.

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This year it was a battle of the sexes in the unified pairs. A Gardiner and club coach R Burrough came head to head with ladies R Francombe and V Jones.

Despite some good bowling by the ladies, they were unable to match the accuracy of the men, who drew ahead. A dislodged jack on the seventh end settled into a pack of the men’s back woods and gave them seven points and a 17-2 lead.

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At the turn of the second hour the ladies capitulated when the score reached 21-7, a score that did not really reflect the quality of the game.

The mixed pairs competition saw two married couples, the Marshalls and the Burroughs, take to the rink.

Good bowling from the start promised a tight, closely fought match and so it progressed with the Marshalls slowly inching ahead to a 7-4 lead into the second hour.

Half-an-hour later the score had only reached 8-6, but the Burroughs grabbed a three-point end to level the scores at 9-all. Against the general run of play, the Burroughs scored seven in the last two ends giving them the game with a final score of 16-9.

The singles final this year was an all-male affair between J Atkins and last year’s outdoor men’s champion R Smith.

Smith appeared nervous as the game got underway and Atkins raced to a 7-0 lead after four ends. Despite Smith picking up three points on the sixth end, the score was 10-3 in Atkin’s favour.

Smith dropped a further five points in the next three ends and had to capitulate feeling unwell after the ninth end when the score had reached 15-3.

While this was a disappointing end to the game, Smith did not show the form that took him through to the final, but this should not to detract from Atkins’ performance, which remained solid throughout.

Woodspring Indoor Bowls Club held the finals of their club competitions.

The most prestigious of the competitions is the singles championship, which was won for the ladies by Jane Sansam and for the men by Martyn West, both being first-time winners.

Captain Gordon Sansam won both the non-winners, and match play singles matches. After winning the mixed pairs with his wife Mary, president Tony Williams said it had been a very successful weekend, with some close competitive matches.

The Isle of Wedmore indoor season came to a head with finals weekend for seven competitions.

Results - men’s four-wood singles: Eddie Payne, runner-up: Ron Barron. Ladies’ four-wood singles: Maureen Hordle; Trish Newell. Open four-wood singles: Ron Barron; Alan Birch. Men’s pairs: Roy Norris and Tony Collingwood; Alan Birch and Geoff Coombe. Ladies’ pairs: Lilian Adams and Barbara Disbrey; Maureen Hordle and Beryl Carson. Mixed pairs: Diana Maingot and Anne Wilkinson; Dave Nicholls and Alan Birch. Mixed triples: Beryl Carson, Lynda Dearden and Bob Keen; Dave Nicholls, Keith Pettit and Roy Norris.

Barrie Forse of St Andrews, will be attempting to win two titles in the Somerset County Indoor Bowling Association championship finals at Taunton Deane on Saturday.

At 10am, he, Ken Uglow and Phil Villis will be playing against recent world championship runner-up Robert Paxton and his Taunton Deane team-mates Matt Hamilton and Steve Hooper in the final of the triples.

Forse and Villis are the defending champions, having won the triples last year with Darrell Johnston. The latter missed this season’s semi-final because he was not available and has stood down in favour of Villis, who took his place.

In the afternoon, at around 2pm, Forse will be taking on 2015 champion John Hick (Clevedon) in the final of the singles championship.

The annual meeting of the St Andrews indoor section will be held at the club on Sunday at 10am.

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