Saints wrest the title from Woodspring

Pete Johnson(left) receiving Life Membership of Wrington Bowls Club in recognition of his work in de

Pete Johnson(left) receiving Life Membership of Wrington Bowls Club in recognition of his work in designing and overseeing the construction of the new clubhouse. The award was presented by Lois Greeves, former Somerset County President who formally opened the club back in 2000, and watched by Club President Roger Smeed(centre) and Club Chairman Roy Clements(right). - Credit: Archant

St Andrews won the Weston Mixed League after a dramatic victory over former leaders Woodspring in the last game.

ST ANDREWS played their final Weston Mixed League game knowing they had to beat leaders Woodspring by at least 14-2 in order to wrest the title from their grasp.

The Saints were looking to finish the season on a high and this they did in emphatic style, winning on all four rinks, two at home and two away and taking 16 points.

Home: J Forse, I Tofte, R Venn, R Gill 13-10; C Venn, E Hooper, M Pattenden, P Villis 15-13. Away: R McMillan, M McMillan, A McMillan, K.Curtis 26-7; E Reeves, R Smith, J Smith, B Reeves 21-9.

With only a cup match against Winscombe and the finals of the club competitions to play, St Andrews will be turning their thoughts to outdoors, with the green opening on Saturday.

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The club is hoping the success they have enjoyed under captain Paul Aldus, who must be congratulated on his leadership, can inspire outdoor captain Jim Warren to another season of success and enjoyment.

IN the last game of the Weston Mixed League, Woodspring were up against St Andrews.

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Woodspring were vying for first place with St Andrews, but lost the game and became runners-up, this is a great achievement as Woodspring were bottom last season. The two away rinks lost by only five shots, but the home rinks took a beating.

Woodspring 39, St Andrews 75 – home: J Beat, C Pritchard, C Hedges, S Hedges 9-21; M Sell, G Tucker, I Bryant 7-26. Away: N Coombes, M Williams, B Cullen 10-13; G Sansam, J Sansam, P Gaulton, D Cooper 13-15.

WEDMORE’S last fixture of the indoor season was a mixed friendly victory at home against Congresbury.

Maureen Hordle’s team was in front from beginning to end, with a lead of 17 shots after nine ends and winning by 34-16, including 14 of the 21 ends.

The other rink was a different matter, but Alan Birch’s side were 10 shots down after 10 ends. They rallied, helped by ends of six and five shots, to go ahead on the 18th end.

The scores were level on the last end which Congresbury took by two shots and won by 21-19 to make it one rink all, with Wedmore winning 53-37 overall.

The club had a full season of league, competition and friendly matches. Both the mens’ and ladies’ teams had reasonable runs in knockout cups.

In the Somerset County League, the men came seventh. The club did well in mixed friendly fixtures, having won 14 matches, losing only two. The men won their only friendly played and the ladies won two, lost two.

WRINGTON Bowling Club officially opened its new clubhouse.

The old building has been replaced by a much larger clubhouse, which has been designed, built and furnished by club members.

Pete Johnson received a life membership of the club in recognition of his work designing and overseeing the construction of the building.

He was presented with his award (right) by Lois Greeves, former Somerset County president, who formally opened the club back in 2000.

The club is also looking for new members, young and old. Contact Roger Smeed on 01934 863544 for more details.

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