Saints hit back against Purnells

St Andrews defeated a strong Purnells team in the Wessex League.

ST ANDREWS men had another good win in the Wessex League against a strong side from Purnells.

At home, both rinks were left reeling as Tony Steer’s rink went 12-1 down and Don Bailey’s 11-1 down. Tony’s rink made an exceptional comeback to win by seven shots and although Don’s rink won the second half of the game, they finished two shots behind.

Once again, the away rinks of Barrie Forse and Will Harrison did well, both being victorious.

The ladies had a nightmare against Clevedon side in the Yetton Plate, with all rinks losing and finishing with a 53 shot deficit.

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The mixed friendly against Puriton resulted in a win for St Andrews. Ken Rodgers’ four won by seven shots, Irene Hicks by 14, with just the rink of Doreen Henderson going down by 14 shots.

St Andrews 84, Purnells 67 (Wessex League): A Hyde, G Millard, P Aldus, A Steer 26-19; J Wilkes, R Smith, T Thomas, D Bailey 17-19; M Campbell, R Venn, P Villis, W Harrison 20-19; K Uglow, B Roberts, B Noddings, B Forse 21-10.

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St Andrews Ladies 48, Clevedon 101 (Yetton Plate): C Venn, I Toft, J Pitman, A Campbell 19-23; P Uglow, S Priory, A Powell, M Pattenden 8-21; N Counsell, D Johnston, B Huggett, J Ware 10-33; J Forse, M Millard, B Goddard, M Favis 11-24.

St Andrews 65, Puriton 58 (mixed friendly): L Woodrow, A Cooper, J Smith, K Rodgers 23-16; M Simpson, G Sims, R Smith, D Henderson 14-28; J Reid, G Lloyd, M Blight, I Hicks 28-14.

? MARTYN Adams has taken two notable scalps on his way to the semi-finals of the singles championship at Clarence Indoor Bowling Club.

He beat defending champion Andy McMillan 21-16, then knocked out Clarence men’s new captain Roger Burrough 21-17. Adams is the treasurer of Ashcombe BC, but plays his indoor bowls at Clarence.

Also going strongly in the singles at Clarence is Joan Davis, secretary of the Wessex ladies club. She reached the quarter-finals after a tremendous tussle against teenage Somerset junior player Rebecca McMillan, whom she beat 21-20 on the 24th end.

Novice team Allan Cord, Pete Williams and Rob Stacey looked on the brink of pulling off a major shock when they led family combo Marie, Rebecca and Andy McMillan 9-1 after five ends in the Clarence triples championship. But the McMillans recovered to go through 14-11.

Clarence are mourning Walter Oldham, one of the most popular players at the club, who died on New Year’s Day a few weeks short of his 89th birthday.

Walter, a Yorkshireman, had been a member of Clarence for 20 years, but had been unable to play for the last two years because of ill health. However, he had been a regular spectator at the green. His wife Lucy is a member of Clarence Ladies.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

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