Mixed results for Victoria’s county league teams

Andy McNabb bowling for St Andrews.

Andy McNabb bowling for St Andrews. - Credit: Archant

Victoria Bowls Club teams enjoyed mixed fortunes in the County League, with two wins and two defeats.

VICTORIA’S teams in the County League experienced mixed fortunes with two wins and two defeats.

The B team travelled to Portishead RBLC and gained a close victory, winning by just five shots, but taking 10 points with two rink wins, with the top rink skipped by Mike Taylor with Phil Fisher, Hugh Gibbs and Ken Curtis.

The D team were undefeated on all three rinks at home to Clevedon Prom B, with the rink of Terry Gilbert, Rod Sleep, Ray Sparkes and John Griffiths top scoring for Victoria.

The A team continue to struggle to find a win losing by eight shots at Knowle A, with the rink of Pete Wyatt, John Newman Ken Harvey and skip Mike Stocker picking up the consolation of two points.


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The C team were overwhelmed by Bristol C, losing on all three rinks and by 22 shots.

Victoria A 59 (2), Knowle A 67 (10): P Wyatt, J Newman, K Harvey, M Stocker 21-12; N Stocker, P Leadbeater, A Bray, M Cooper 23-25; D Beard, D Fairhurst, C Gazzard, W Harrison 15-30.

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Victoria B 59 (10), Portishead RBL C 54 (2): P Lunn, A Uccellini, M Manning, B Stock 14-23; P Fisher, H Gibbs, K Curtis, M Taylor 24-11; M Campbell, M Fletcher, J Howell, D Hurst 21-20.

Victoria C 46 (0), Bristol C 68 (12): R Hollier, M Milliner, A Barnes, D Jones 21-23; T Gatehouse, R Fenwick, N Sell, G Frost 14-17; H Whyte, A Shattock, D Sealey, K Holland 11-28.

Victoria D 60 (11), Clevedon Prom B 51 (1): T Gilbert, R Sleep, R Sparkes, J Griffiths 22-15; S Angove, A Waygood, W Nicholls, J Mingo-West 24-22; J Codrington, P Newport, E Sage, D Avery 14-14.

Victoria Saxons had a hiccup losing to Winscombe in the Weston & District Over-60s League, earning just three points with a drawn rink and one winning rink of Pete Lunn, Tony Uccellini and skip Mike Stocker.

Victoria Vikings, currently in second position in the table, had another win against strong opposition. Trailing to Portishead after 12 ends, the Vikings came back and won mainly thanks to the emphatic wins by the triples skipped by Alan Shattock and Tom Farmer.

Victoria Saxons 92 (3), Winscombe 100 (17): P Lunn, A Uccellini, M Stocker 22-16; M Fletcher, M Manning, B Stock 14-16; H Whyte, A Bray, M Taylor 20-21; R Rockett, A Barnes, K Harvey 15-15; M Campbell, K Curtis, D Hurst 11-21; T Gatehouse, J Newman, K Holland 10-11.

Victoria Vikings 104 (15), Portishead 86 (5): J Turton, J Mingo-West, E Sage 15-14; W Nicholls, P Newport, A Shattock 24-9; R Austin, C Chudley, G Frost 11-16; R Hollier, J Griffiths, G Hodge 12-20; S Thynne, D Avery, G Thorne 18-18; J Codrington, I Linham, T Farmer 24-9.

Victoria won all three of the week’s friendlies with the new members of the club making excellent contributions.

A trip away to Chew Stoke for a mixed friendly resulted in a win by 26 shots, the rink of Maryisa Angove, Sue Sokol and Roger Rockett providing 20 of the winning shots. An even bigger win of 32 shots was inflicted on Bristol Arrow with club captain Mike Manning skipping his rink of Bill Nicholls, John Smart and Nick Sell to an 11-shot win.

Worcester Brotherhood were able to enjoy a day at the seaside in summer weather, but were unable to enjoy a win losing the match by 18 shots, with 19-shot wins by the two rinks skipped by Mike Cooper and Will Harrison.

Victoria 85, Chew Stoke 59: M Angove, S Sokol, R Rockett 26-6; S Angove, A Waygood, G Richards 15-14; W Nicholls, J Mingo-West, J Newman 13-14; R Sleep, C Stevens, J Griffiths 11-17; G Poolman, S Newman, E Sage 20-8.

Victoria 90, Bristol Arrow 58: A Shattock, M Milliner, G Richards, J Newman 25-21; W Nicholls, J Smart, N Sell, M Manning 24-13; R Hollier, J Griffiths, J Mingo-West, E Sage 20-13; L Kelly, A Waygood, R Fenwick, M Campbell 21-11.

Victoria 107, Worcester Brotherhood 89: P Wyatt, C Chudley, N Sell, M Cooper 30-11; I Linham, R Sleep, M Fletcher, W Harrison 33-14; W Nicholls, J Mingo-West, K Holland, M Manning 12-23; S Thynne, A Waygood, N Stocker, M Stocker 18-17; L Kelly, M Milliner, J Newman, M Taylor 14-24.

AT the halfway stage of their County League programme, St Andrews A sit proudly at the top of Division 1 (North), having won all of their five games to date.

After winning promotion last season, with a settled squad of players, the Saints have continued to progress and will be hoping to secure a place in Premier Division 2, by the end of this season. With four of their last five games at home, captain Ken Uglow feels this can be achieved.

St Andrews 74, Clevedon B 41: R Smith, K Uglow (c), T Steer, D Bailey 25-10; R Venn, A McMillan, G Webber, A Owens 21-21; P Aldus, G. Cooper, S Davies, B.Forse 28-10.

The Saints have reached their third semi-final of the season, this time in the Somerset 4-Dimension competition.

In the singles, George Guest was narrowly beaten 21-20, while the triples and fours were both won at the death, which along with a comfortable pairs victory, enabled St Andrews to squeeze past Burnham and now face Portishead RBL at home for a place in the final.

St Andrews 3 Burnham 1-singles: G Guest 20-21; pairs: K Uglow, B Forse 30-9; triples: R Smith, M Goddard, G Wride 20-17; fours: P Aldus, B Reeves, G Webber, D Bailey 21-18.

The Saints continued their disappointing form in the Over-60s League, going down in their latest encounter to the Isle of Wedmore, picking up only three of the 20 points on offer.

St Andrews 83, Isle of Wedmore 101: R Smith, J Warren (c), B May 10-25; K Uglow, A Ware, G Webber 8-15; G Sims, R McLeod, G Wride 26-6; A Lay, G Cooper, D Favis 14-19; K Parker, G Tofte, D Bailey 14-14; B Rogers, R Venn, A Steer 11-22.

In their latest friendly game, the Saints entertained North Petherton in a four-rink match and recorded a win by 12 shots, winning on two and losing on two of the four rinks.

St Andrews 83, North Petherton 71: T Lay, F Mudge, T Day, A Horsburgh (c) 20-13; P Smart, K Parker, K Rodgers, A McMillan 19-23; R Smith, J Ling, M Blight, D Favis 27-15; G Sims, G Burgess, R Brereton, P Aldus 17-20.

CLARENCE Golds registered a notable away victory over Mark Moor in Division 2 of the Weston & District Over-60s League.

The rinks were shared, but the Golds, Clarence’s second team in the league, won by 10 shots. Club vice-captain Brendan Duffy, who skippers the Golds, steered his men to a six-shot win, the same margin of victory as achieved by Dick Jackman’s triple.

The most successful Clarence rink comprised John Larvin, Mike Peters and skip John Edwards, who finished eight shots clear. It was a fine win for the Golds, the second time they have beaten Mark this season.

Mark Moor 91 (6), Clarence Golds 101 (14): J Hawkins, A Taylor, J Hayes 17-23; J Larvin, M Peters, J Edwards 19-11; J Norris, K Marshall, M Phillips 11-14; J Kellaway, M Davies, R Higgins 14-15; B Difford, B Cheffers, D Jackman 17-11; M Skyrme, M Scoins, B Duffy 23-17.

A heavy defeat on one rink proved costly for Clarence Blues in their home match with Ashcombe Crusaders, champions and leaders of the Weston & District Over-60s League.

The rinks were shared equally, with two wins, two draws and two defeats, but the 19 shots by which one rink went down proved crucial as Ashcombe won by six overall.

The victorious Clarence rinks were skipped by Roger Burrough, they had a six on the 14th end, and Gerald Barlow, while Mick Edlin, with a two on the last, and Richard Crawford drew.

Clarence Blues 94 (6), Ashcombe Crusaders 100 (14): T Hooper, D Grier, C Read 13-20; L Lakey, I Phipps, G Barlow 15-7; T Mannion, D Thomson, M Edlin 15-15; B Underwood, M Clay, R Crawford 16-16; A Bishop, J Keay, R Burrough 25-13; T Ward, J Rogers, P Tubb 10-29.

In the annual friendly match at Banwell, Clarence lost by 19 shots. Three of the four rinks went the way of the home side, but Clarence club captain Mike Clay skipped his men to a draw, having been 18-13 down with three ends to play.

Banwell 88, Clarence 69: T Hooper, A Bishop, D Jackman, C Read 18-22; A Newland, J Burgess, R Stacey, M Clay 19-19; T Schofield, I Phipps, T Mannion, R Burrough 16-22; J Kelloway, T Ward, J Hayes, T Pritchard 16-25.

Tourists Berkshire County Bowling Association arrived en masse at Clarence for a seven-rink match and proceeded to beat the home team by 21 shots.

Brendan Duffy, who had played a 21-end club mixed pairs in the morning, skipped his four to a one-shot victory with a four on the last end. The rink skipped by John Edwards were handsome winners, by 14 shots, while Roger Burrough picked up seven on the last three ends to finish two ahead.

Clarence 120, Berks CBA 135: J Larvin, A Taylor, A Bishop, R Burrough 22-20; M Peters, T Hooper, M Clay, M Edlin 11-21; J Hawkins, J Atkins, M Scoins, B Duffy 18-17; A Newland, M Phillips, J Burgess, D Towie 17-21; B Difford, L Lewis, T Mannion, G Aldridge 16-17; J Kelloway, L Lakey, D Jackman, C Read 9-26; T Ward, D Thomson, A Kermack, J Edwards 27-13.

In the next round of the North Somerset 4 Dimensions competition, Clarence will be at home to Nailsea on July 29.

ASHCOMBE Crusaders came up against Clarence Blues in the Over-60s League and won by just six shots.

Ashcombe were hosts to a touring team of visually impaired bowlers from Hillingdon. The mixed game was played on the hottest day of the year and everyone was feeling the heat, so only 14 ends were played.

The Templars and Knights clashed in the Over-60s League, this time the Templars were triumphant. Although each team won on three rinks, the rink skipped by L Cox with a score of 36-11 won the match.

In the County League, Ashcombe came up against Burnham B and won, despite losing on three rinks and drawing on one. The two winning rinks won comfortably, 12 shots skipped by M Parry and 15 skipped by J Taylor.

Crusaders 100, Clarence Blues 94 (Over-60s League): G Finnegan, B Hadley, L Day 20-13; P Sheppard, D Bleasdale, B Webber 7-15; R Powell, C Hughes, J Taylor 15-15; A Wilmot, S Hedges, J Whitlow 16-16; A Freke, A Little, DA Williams 13-25; T Morgan, M Southwood, J Creasey 29-10.

Ashcombe 71, Hillingdon 17 (mixed friendly): B Benstead, R Counsell, R Tasker, E Hopkins 13-3; D Freestone, G Tucker, S Hopkins, E Hooper 16-2; D Underhay, K Davies, S Andrews, A Freke 23-2; M Sell, R Simmons, M Parry, DA Williams 19-10.

Templars 114, Knights 91 (Over-60s League): B Noyes, S Andrews, B Benstead/B Caddick, T Cottrell, A Cracknell 16-19; K Davies, M Tripp, R Tasker/M Bass, G Mills, M Parry 15-21; D Freestone, G Fews, E Booth/N Coombes, D Norville, J Price 17-12; M Unwin, G Pople, F Bertram/G Kinsey, E Roberts, E Hooper 15-16; M McMahon, M Brummell, P Gaulton/R Counsell, I Baker, J Main 15-12; M Field, M Paterson, L Cox/W Spring, B Underhay, E Hopkins 36-11.

Ashcombe 121, Burnham B 106 (County League): M West, F Ham, T Cottrell, A Freke 18-18; J Marlow, W Spring, R Tasker, M Parry 24-12; G Sansam,I Baker, P Gaulton, A Cracknell 16-21; A Wilmot, E Roberts, L Day, J Whitton 14-18; R Powell, G Fews, S Hedges, J Taylor 32-17; B Caddick, D Bleasdale, G Wilkinson, DA Williams 17-20.

WINSCOMBE men’s open triples competition was won by City of Wells, who beat Congresbury in the final.

The runners-up final was won by Bridgwater, skipped by Len Elsworth, who has been attending this tournament for the last 29 years. In fourth place was Taunton Bowling Club. Prizes were presented by Rod Feltham, managing director of sponsors Avoncrop Amenity Products.

In the Weston and District Over-60s Triples League, a rehearsal for the KO Cup game was played at home against Victoria Saxons. This resulted in a win for the home team with only one rink losing.

The friendly triples match against Wyrral Park was yet another close game. Winscombe again lost too many shots on the last end to lose overall by three.

The midweek Clevedon & District Evening League saw Winscombe visit Long Ashton and came away with seven of the eight points on offer. The return mixed friendly with Severn Vale, also saw the home team notch up another win.

In the County League, only the B and C teams were playing. The home B team game had been switched to a morning game to make way for the regional final of the Middleton Cup in the afternoon. The green was packed and Devon beat Wiltshire to reach the national finals.

For the Winscombe B team, the result was not to be a much-needed win. They lost on all three rinks against Congresbury A. The Winscombe C team were away at Clevedon Prom C and they too managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

On two rinks the score was a mirror image 25-13/13-25, so it was all down to the third rink skipped by George Hill, supported by Rob Sapsford, Roy Fisher and Bob Weller. Needing two shots to draw on the last end, George fired and hit the target, but the jack sprung to a Prom wood and the game and match was lost by two shots.

Winscombe 100 (17), Victoria Saxons 92 (3): J Sprouting (c),A Watts, M Adams 21-11; K Whatling, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 11-10; G Lloyd, M Hunter, W Ainsworth 15-15; P Hopes, L Baldwin, R Lowman 21-20; G Coombe, R Kibble, G Neville 16-22; R Wootten, L Collier, T Ellis 16-14.

Winscombe 89, Wyrral Park 92: P John, M Dorrington, M Nash 7-22; R Wootten, L Collier, T Ellis 16-12; N Hansford, W Ainsworth , M Adams 11-17; R Sapsford, K Whatling (c), A Dudley 27-14; J Swift, G Neville, R Lowman 22-10; R Fisher, M Hunter, R Lacy 6-17.

Winscombe 96 (7), Long Ashton 64 (1): S Easterby, R Feltham, A Dudley, M Adams 25-12; A Watts, R Kibble, R Lowman, R Birmingham 10-30; R Wootten, W Ainsworth, L Collier, T Ellis 29-14; N Hansford, R Fisher, M Dorrington (c), M Nash 32-8.

Winscombe 90, Severn Vale 87: D Johnson, A Hart, D Sapsford, G Coombe 20-8; S Lowis, R Hart, D Beaverstock, M Hunt 14-11; L Parfitt, K Symons, R Weller, M Hunter 10-16; D Rush, B Prince, P John, P Hopes 13-26; M Sprouting, J Wiles, R Sapsford, J Sprouting (c)15-13; P Burns, J Smith, D Owen, G Hill 18-13.

Winscombe B 45, Congresbury A 70: D Johnson, A Pye, M Nash, G Neville; G Coombe, L Baldwin, A Watts, R Birmingham; M Dorrington (c), J Sprouting, P Fredersdorff, T Ellis

Winscombe C 51 (2), Clevedon Prom C 53 (10): S Easterby, J Smith, P Hopes, R Kibble 25-13; D Beaverstock, B Prince, B Paul, M Hunt (c) 13-25, R Sapsford, R Fisher, R Weller, G Hill 15-17.

BANWELL played host to Clarence in a men’s four-rink friendly match and came out on top, winning three rinks and drawing on the fourth.

Banwell 88, Clarence 69: T Hyde, A Dale, T Byrnes, C Wilson 22-18; H Woodards, J Barron, J Rickerty, G Millard 19-19; J Amos, S Taylor, H Guckian, B Taylor 22-16; J Evans, F Morgan-Cairns, A Vickery, J .Laurent 25-16.

In the league, Banwell B had a fine result at home against Yatton B, winning two rinks and drawing one, gaining a valuable 11 points and moving into the top half of their division.

Banwell B 65, Yatton B 55: T Thompson, A Dale, T Byrnes, K Burgess 19-19; S Kedward, P Shipsey, M Laycock, J Laurent 27-18; T Burnett, D Robinson, J Amos, J Rickerty 19-18.

WEDMORE president Ron Barron, supported by his wife Margaret, hosted the annual president’s day at the club.

Good weather made the competition even more enjoyable as teams moved from rink to rink with a different format each time. The winners after a close contest were: Stan Newdick, Lynda Dearden, Mary Stansfield and Keith Pettit.

In the Over-60s Triples, the Wedmore men visited St Andrews Spartans, winning four rinks, drawing one and losing one. David Wederell and his team had the highest differential of the day with a 25-10 victory.

Wedmore 101, St Andrews 83: T Simpson, D Collins, D Wederell 25-10; K Davey, B Cottrell, K Pettit 15-8; J Runciman, P Bean, R Hughes 14-14; V Matthews, D Stansfield, C Panchaud 22-11; T Hamblin, I Gallop, K Burt 19-14; J Harvey, B Back, R Barron 6-26,

The men’s A team played away at Yatton in the County League and won two out of three rinks. Victory overall was ensured by a strong performance by Ron Barron’s team who won 29-14.

Wedmore 62, Yatton 48: K Pettit, R Newell, D Nicholls, R Barron 29-14; T Brown, D Trow, R Thurkettle, R Hughes 15-18; R Bull, K Phillimore, D Wederell, E Payne 18-16.

Street visited for a Mid Somerset League match and the visitors won after a close match with two rinks each. Keith Burt and Ron Barron and their teams were the two winners

Wedmore 80, Street 90: D Trow, B Andrews, K Phillimore, K Burt 31-24; T Counsell, B Cottrell, I Gallop, R Barron 25-11; V Matthews, C Panchaud, T Brown, D Nicholls, 15-24; R Bull, J Arthurs, I Faulkner, C Moss 9-31.

Wedmore ladies visited Victoria Bridgwater for a Victoria League match. Playing in very dry conditions on a fast green, Wedmore managed to win 60-44 and came away with eight points. The teams led by Margaret Trow and Gill Harvey both managed an 11 shot differential

Wedmore Ladies 60, Victoria Bridgwater 44: M Hordle, S Moss, G Harvey 23-12; B Disbrey, M Stansfield, E Deverill 16-22; J Collins, M Fisher, M Trow 21-10.

The match at Wyrral Park in the Southey Cup proved to be a tough challenge for the Wedmore ladies. The only success was in the pairs competition, where Marie Trow and Elaine Deverill won 30-13.

The ladies visited Nailsea for a Mendip Ladies triples match and lost two out of three rinks, but managed an overall points win, giving Wedmore six of the 10 points. Shirley Wederell and her team secured the overall victory with a 21-5 win.

Wedmore Ladies 46, Nailsea 41: M Trow, M Perry, S Wederell 21-5; M Hordle, J Wheller, P Cottrell 13-21; M Barron, P Beard, J Masters 12-15.

In another Mendip Ladies triples match, Wedmore visited Congresbury and had one of the best victories of the season. The best differential was achieved by Sandra Moss and her team who scored 23-7

Wedmore Ladies 63, Congresbury 26: M Hordle, J Hunt, S Moss 23-7; B Clark, C Pettit, E Deverill 21-8; T Newell, M Trow, J Masters 19-11.

Wedmore ladies played an away match against Bridgewater BC in the Victoria Ladies Triples League and won one rink of the three. Pauline Cottrell and her team scoring the only win of the day 15-11. Final score was 42-52.

Queens Camel visited Wedmore for a mixed friendly match and Wedmore managed good wins on all four rinks. Final score: 94-53.

Photo of the winners from the President’s Day attached.

ASHCOMBE ladies have won through to the semi-finals of the Fear Plate, defeating Portishead after a hard and close match played at Bristol Bowls Club.

The match finished 56 shots each and an extra end on the first finishing rink had to be played, which was won by J McInally’s rink.

Ashcombe Ladies 56, Portishead 56: M Main, S Hopkins, J Wilkinson, A Goacher 21-12; N Counsell, B MacGregor, J Hughes, J McInally 19-15; S Noyes, M Williams, M Tasker, S Weaden 16-29.

Ashcombe Ladies 49 (2), Wessex 61 (8) (Wessex League): S Noyes, B Groves, J Wilkinson, S Ford 8-36; L Owens, S Davies, N Counsell, M Williams 21-16; J Field, L Paterson, M Tasker, S Weaden 20-9.

Ashcombe Ladies 30, City of Wells 52 (friendly): S Noyes, R Powell, M Tasker, S .Ford 7-20; M Palmer, S Bayntun, M Main, B MacGregor 8-21; A Cox, S Davies, L Paterson, C Hedges 15-11.

Ashcombe Ladies 31, Victoria Park, Bridgwater 39: J Field, L Paterson, S Hopkins 12-15; M Main, B Groves, B Cullen 12-8; S Appleby, D Norville, C Hedges 7-16.

WINSCOMBE ladies had a narrow defeat against Clevedon in their first outing in the Southey Cup

The ladies created their own little bit of history with their first participation in the competition. They had a bye into the fourth round against Clevedon and despite losing three rinks to one, they put up a creditable performance.

Trixie Miles in the singles had a tough match and both the pairs and fours held their own for most of the game, but finally went down 18-27 and 17-20. The triples finally won 26-17.

The ladies’ first league game of the week in the NSTL was at Portishead RBL, resulting in an overall win for Winscombe by seven shots. Eve Watts’ rink stormed to a 27-8 win which covered the losses on the other two rinks.

Their home match against Mark Moor in the Wessex League was a victory by a narrow margin. Once again the rink skipped by Eve Watts, supported by Maureen Sprouting, Sue Lowis and Sarah Lowman, came to the rescue with a 19-13 win, allowing the home team to win by just two shots.

The first round in the Iris Owen Trophy competition was played at home and Winscombe ladies have yet to win this competition against St Andrews. They lost this leg by 16 shots and will have to up their game in the next round to achieve that first win. The return match will be played in September at St Andrews.

Winscombe Ladies 54, Portishead RBL 47 (NSTL): C Hopes, W Weller, L Fredersdorff (c) 14-22; T Miles, J Rush, A Ainsworth 13-17; L Dyer, J Kimmins, E Watts 27-8.

Winscombe Ladies 54, Mark Moor 52 (Wessex League): J Rush, P Heal, W Weller, L Fredersdorff 17-20; M Sprouting, S Lowis, S Lowman, E Watts 19-13; C Hopes, L Coombe, R Keane, A Ainsworth 18-19.

Winscombe Ladies 32, St Andrews 48 (Iris Owen Trophy): S Caddy, L Whatling, M Adams 11-14; T Miles, R Keane, L Fredersdorff 14-9; J Kimmins, E Watts, A Ainsworth 7-25.

Photos: Winscombe ladies Southey Cup team.

City of Wells, winners of the Winscombe men’s open triples event.

Winscombe president Lew Collier hands over the Winscombe green to officials from Devonshire, Wiltshire and Bowls England for the regional final of the Middleton Cup.

ON a sultry evening at Bristol Bowling Club, Clarence ladies eventually won by just one shot overall in the Fear Plate.

Clarence Ladies 55, Yatton 54: J Colman, P Phillips, M Baker, M Noddings 31-10; S Scoins, J Mannion, V Jones, P Burroughs 13-17; C Cromey, P Hawkins, V Collicott, C Edlin 11-27.

Clarence Ladies 51, Victoria 58: J Colman, P Burrough, C Edlin 29-5; S Scoins, P Hawkins, V Collicott 20-18; J Mannion, P Phillips, V Jones 2-35.

Clarence Ladies 42, Portishead 35: S Ellis, C Cromey, P Hawkins 18-10; A Ballinger, M Woods, M Baker 17-8; J Mannion, V Jones, M Davison 7-17.

WESSEX Ladies 61 (6), Ashcombe 49 (4) (Wessex League): I Hicks, C Walker, M Davis, J Davis 9-20; P Hanson, M Milford, E Deane, A Ward 16-21; D Forsyth, S Bishop, M Hawkins, P Taylor 36-8.

Wessex Ladies 42 (0), North Petherton 66 (10): J Allard, C Walker, M Hawkins, A Ward 11-24; E Stott, M Milford, P Hanson, J Davis 12-21; S Bishop, A Fewings, M Davis, M Williams 19-21.

Wessex Ladies 0.5, Portishead RBL 3.5 (Southey Trophy) – singles: C Peart 19-21; pairs: A Fewings, D Forsyth 14-15; triples: J Allard, J Duffy, A Ward 11-18; fours: M McMillan, E Deane, M Davis, J Davis 18-18.

DESPITE the best efforts of the ladies of St Andrews in their latest Southey Trophy encounter, they could not overcome a strong Clevedon side.

Also, a close league encounter away to Clevedon Promenade gave the Prom a little revenge for their Southey Trophy defeat by the Saints.

But victory was achieved in two other games, most notably in the away first leg of the Iris Owen Cup at Winscombe, where the Saints came away with a 16-shot advantage going into the second leg in September.

Iris was a dearly loved member of both St Andrews and Winscombe and two legs of the cup are played each season in her memory.

St Andrews Ladies 51, Clevedon Promenade 53 (Doreen Ralph Trophy): J McMillan, M Wride, M Bailey, A Campbell 12-18; J Forse, A Greenwood, I Tofte, M Favis 21-17; R McMillan, S Glenville, J Smith, J Ware 18-18.

St Andrews Ladies 48, North Petherton 36: E Reeves, B McCollum, S Glenville 12-11; J Forse, D Johnston, M Frost 19-12; B Goddard, M Wride, A Greenwood 17-13.

St Andrews Ladies 48, Winscombe 32 (Iris Owen Cup): W Allen, E Blight, M Pattenden 14-11; J Forse, M Bailey, A Campbell 9-14; R McMillan, J Ware, M Favis 25-7.

St Andrews Ladies 0, Clevedon 4 (Southey Trophy): C Venn (singles) 10-21; J Ware, M Favis (pairs) 10-29; J Forse, V Buick, M Pattenden (triples) 16-17; P Uglow, J Smith, J Pitman, A Campbell (fours) 13-31.

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