St Andrews pick up two championship titles
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St Andrews finished the season by winning two championship titles for the first time in the club’s history.
ST ANDREWS finished the season with two championship titles for the first time in the club’s history, being successful in the county first division and also the Weston & District Mixed League
Saints secured the county title with a resounding win over Watchet. The morning sessions saw Will Harrison’s four come back from an eight-shot deficit to win by nine. Barrie Forse’s four gave no quarter and recorded a 43-10 win.
Phil Villis’ four at Watchet had a comfortable 30-17 victory, while Don Bailey’s quartet played well enough, but were held to a draw as Saints won 121-66 and 15 points.
St Andrews 121, Watchet 66: G Millard, K Harvey, C Walker, W Harrison 31-22; K Uglow, R Venn, D Johnston, B Forse 43-10; T Hyde, P Aldus, S Davies, P Villis 30-17; J Wilkes, G Webber, K Curtis, D Bailey 17-17.
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The season concluded with the club’s finals weekend which saw some exception bowling, which was dominated by Andrew Owens with four wins from four events.
The men’s champion was Barrie Forse and the ladies won by Jackie Ware.
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Results – men’s singles: B Forse bt P Smart 21-5; ladies’ singles: J Ware bt A Campbell 21-6; mixed pairs: J Forse, A Owens bt I Cracknell, S Davies 21-7; men’s pairs: L Yeates, A Owens bt B Green, B Reeves 21-12; ladies’ pairs: I Cracknell, A Campbell bt R McMillan, J Ware 22-17; mixed triples: M McMillan, S Davies, G Webber bt J Forse, D Johnston, B Forse 20-16; open triples: S Sinclair, J Ware, A Owens bt I Cracknell, R Gill, B Reeves 20-12; mixed fours: R Venn, S Sinclair, R Gill, A Owens bt M Wride, G Cooper, B Reeves, B Forse 21-8.
Finally, congratulations to Luke Yeates for reaching the final of the county under-16s mixed singles.
MICK Edlin came through an epic match against Joan Davis to win the singles championship for the first time at Clarence’s indoor and short-mat finals.
Having led 5-1, he lost seven successive ends to the experienced Davis’s accurate drawing and trailed 11-5. But, having got the mat back, he won by four shots on the 23rd end.
In the afternoon, Edlin donned his short-mat hat, partnering section secretary Adrian Gardiner to a comfortable victory in the pairs. Then the partners met in the singles final, with short-mat specialist Gardiner proving too consistent as he won 21-5.
In her singles final, Joan Davis was still feeling the effects of a 21-end unified pairs final the previous afternoon, in which she and Rita Hinde beat indoor committee member Jim Keay and Phil Lewis by five shots.
Lewis, a bowler only since July, and Keay had contested the triples final in the morning, joined by lead Pam Fowler. They rarely looked back after piling up an eight on the fourth end against Christine Hooper, Val Collicott and Mary Davison, winning by 12 with an end to spare.
Finally, Barbara Jones and Barrie Underwood, who have been threatening to win a championship for some time, finally got what they deserved when they beat Pam Fowler and nonagenarian Dick Jackman by six in an excellent mixed pairs final.
This is the final week of the indoor leagues at Clarence, with all to play for in a couple of divisions. The Tuesday pm league will be decided by the clash between leaders Poplars, the defending champions, and Larches, who are a point behind.
It is even closer in the Thursday am league, where Shandies lead Martinis only on shot-difference after they drew 9-9 last week. In the final matches, Shandies play Gin & Its and Martinis take on Beers.
Already confirmed as champions of their divisions are Robins (Monday am), Limes (Tuesday am), Lions (Wednesday am), Ferrets (Wednesday pm) and Allsorts, who have won the Friday am division with the best record of any team in the leagues.
Clarence indoor and short-mat finals’ results - indoor singles: Mick Edlin 22, Joan Davis 18; unified pairs: Rita Hinde/Joan Davis 20, Phil Lewis/Jim Keay 15; mixed pairs: Barbara Jones/Barrie Underwood 24, Pam Fowler/Dick Jackman 18; triples: Pam Fowler/Phil Lewis/Jim Keay 26, Christine Hooper/Val Collicott/Mary Davison 14.
Short-mat singles: Adrian Gardiner 21, Mick Edlin 5; pairs: Adrian Gardiner/Mick Edlin 29, Christine Hooper/Pam Dunn 11; winners of short-mat in-house triples league: Mick Edlin, Fakhry Al-Hinai, Christine Hooper, Eileen Wade.