St Andrews trio in English rankings

Three members from St Andrews have been included in the top 100 ranking positions in the country.

AFTER a few years of success in the English Indoor Bowls Association National finals competitions, three members have got into the top 100 ranking positions in the country.

Ken Uglow and Andrew Owens just sneaked in at equal 99th and Barrie Forse is a respectable 79th.

Barrie reached the area final of the over-60s singles played at North Petherton against Don Fowkes of Taunton Deane. Having dropped a four on the first end, then being 9-1 down, he fought back to 13-9, but was then outbowled to lose 21-11.

In the league, the Saints marched on in the Weston Mixed League with a win over Victoria by 10 shots, but in the Wessex League they got a real bowling lesson from the City and County of Bristol, all four rinks being well beaten.

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The one friendly resulted in a loss against North Petherton.

St Andrews 60, Victoria 50 (Weston Mixed League): M Wride, L Woodrow, D Stanton, P Villis 21-6; C Riley, A Cooper, B Ennis, I Hicks 12-14; M Blight, M Simpson, E Blight, E Hooper 16-14; R Smith, G Sims, J Smith, B Roberts 11-16.

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St Andrews 59, Bristol 108 (Wessex League): A Hyde, G Millard, P Aldus, A Steer 14-28; J Wilkes, R Venn, T Thomas, D Bailey 14-31; K Uglow, D Favis, B Noddings, B Forse 16-25; M Campbell, J Laurent, W Harrison, P Villis 15-24.

St Andrews 45, North Petherton 65 (friendly): M Simpson, I Tofte, B Ennis, I Hicks 11-29; J Forse, G Tofte, M Blight, D Henderson 20-22; C Riley, C Robinson, L Blight, B Roberts 14-14.

WOODSPRING Indoor Bowls Club enjoyed a mixed game against Puriton, winning by eight shots.

In the men’s game against Purnell (two home rinks and two away), Woodspring lost on all rinks 55-85.

In the Weston Mixed League against Clarence, Woodspring won 59-57, a game played in good spirits.

Home teams: A Fews, R Tasker, P Gaulton, G Russell 22-10; G Fews, I Miles, M Tasker, D Hurst 15-9. Away: J Sansam, D Cooper, M Williams, M Brummell 10-20; D Urch, N Coombes, J Beat, C Hedges 12-18.

THE last 100 per cent record in the Clarence Bowling Club indoor leagues was ended last week when Larches lost to Poplars in the Tuesday Afternoon Division.

In their 12th match of the season, runaway leaders Larches were hit by holidays and illness to such an extent that they were only able to put out three players.

Poplars, through Reg Flicker, Mike Scoins, Terry Cockcroft and Brian Hanks, took full advantage, coming from 12-4 down after nine ends to win comfortably.

In the Weston Indoor Mixed League, Clarence lost to Woodspring for the second time, although there were only two shots in it at the end.

Both Clarence’s home rinks won, by a total of 16 shots, but the match was lost away, where, ultimately, the five dropped on the final end by George Cooper’s rink proved decisive. They had led 8-7 more than halfway through but lost the last six ends 2-15.

Clarence 57, Woodspring 59 – home: R McMillan, M McMillan, M Adams, A McMillan 20-10; M Woods, P Taylor, E Williams, G Barlow 18-12. Away: A Bishop, S Phelps, D Jackman, V Jones 9-15; L Oldham, J Keay, T Mannion, G Cooper 10-22.

Clarence mixed team went down by six shots at home to a strong, all-male Bridgwater team in the fourth of the six friendly matches between the clubs this season. That result left Clarence trailing 3-1 in the series, with the next match at Bridgwater on February 5.

Clarence 27, Bridgwater 33: M Woods, John Hayes, V Jones, G Barlow 9-21; L Oldham, P Taylor, G Cooper, A McMillan 18-12.

All Clarence indoor league matches scheduled for yesterday (Wednesday) were cancelled because of the funeral on the same day of much-loved member Walter Oldham, who died on January 1.

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