St Andrews triumph in 4 Dimension Cup final

Presidents of Clarence Ladies, Veronica Jones and Wessex Ladies June Allard bowl the first woods.

Presidents of Clarence Ladies, Veronica Jones and Wessex Ladies June Allard bowl the first woods. - Credit: Archant

St Andrews defeated Victoria in the final of the 4 Dimensions Cup, winning by just two shots after both teams had won two disciplines each.

THE final of the 4 Dimension Cup was played at Clevedon and the spectators were treated to an enthralling close encounter.

Victoria took the singles match by nine shots, but St Andrews replied with a nine-shot win in the pairs. With the triples match going to Victoria by eight shots, everything rested on the result of the fours, which went to St Andrews by 10 shots.

With the match tied at two disciplines each, the match was decided by shot difference, with St Andrews winning by the narrow margin of just two shots.

St Andrews 65, Victoria 63-singles: A Owen 12-21; pairs: D Favis, S Davies 20-11; triples: M Goddard, A McMillan, B Forse 9-17; fours: R Smith, K Uglow, G Wride, G Aldridge 24-14.

St Andrews played away to table-topping Winscombe in the Over-60s Triple League and lost by 45 shots, winning on just one rink and taking only two points from the match.

St Andrews B, playing away to Clevedon B in the County League, lost by 12 shots and took just two points from the one-shot victory on the rink skipped by Gordon Wride. With just one round of matches to go, the Saints B side are still in with a chance of promotion.

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They fared better in an away friendly to Eastover Park, Bridgwater, winning a close encounter by one shot.

Playing a mixed match against touring team Witney Mills, the Saints won five of the seven rinks and ran out winners by eight shots.

St Andrews 72, Winscombe 117: M Goddard , K Curtis, B Forse 15-14; G Sims, R Venn, B Reeves 13-21; R Gill, A Ware, D Favis 12-21; B Rogers, D Price, D Bailey 11-19; A Cooper, J Warren, B May 6-25; D Wills, R McLeod, G Wride 15-17.

St Andrews B 51, Clevedon B 63: P Smart, D Wills, R McLeod, G Wride 20-19; K Parker, J Ling, R Brereton, J Warren 17-24; K Rogers, G Sims, T Allen, B May 14-20.

St Andrews 88, Eastover Park 87: R Smith, C Coffin, M Simpson, J Warren 22-26; K Rodgers, D Price, B Green, D Bailey 26-20; K Parker, A Cooper, R Venn, K Curtis 17-20; G Sims, T Allen, R Gill, D Favis 23-21.

St Andrews 128, Witney Mills 120: C Venn, R Brereton, K Uglow, D Bailey 27-12; P Smart, B Goddard, T Allen, B Reeves 21-15; S Priory, C Coffin, R Gill, J Ware 21-12; G Sims, J Ling, A Ware, M Bailey 18-17; R Smith, R Lee, M Goddard, M Pattenden 21-19; K Rodgers, A Greenwood, R Venn, K Curtis 12-21; W Allen, A Cooper, J Warren M Favis 8-24.

VICTORIA were defeated by St Andrews in a nail-biting finish to the North Somerset 4 Dimensions final.

Victoria were close to a victory, but over the last few ends dropped sufficient shots to lose the match by just two shots with each team winning two disciplines.

Colin Gazzard had a hard-earned victory over St Andrews’ Andrew Owens to win the singles, and there was a tense final end in the triples when skip Will Harrison tried desperately to remove his opponents’ second wood to score five and ultimately win the match, but just failed.

Victoria 63, St Andrews 65-singles: C Gazzard 21-12; pairs: J Newman, M Cooper 11-20; triples: M Campbell, A Bray, W Harrison 17-9; fours: P Wyatt, N Stocker, P Leadbeater, M Stocker 14-24.

In the only other competitive game of the week, Victoria Vikings were well beaten by Portishead RBL in the Over-60s League, but picked up four points with two rink wins skipped by Alan Shattock and George Frost.

Vikings 92 (4), Portishead RBL 119 (16): T Gilbert, M Milliner, J Smart 16-22; L Kelly, P Newport, A Shattock 23-14; R Jacobs, J Turton, G Frost 20-12; S Thynne, J Mingo-West, G Hodge 14-27; R Hollier, C Chudley, D Jones 11-13; D Roberts, W Nicholls, G Richards 8-31.

Victoria entertained Penarth in a seven-rink friendly with Penarth enjoying the game, but not the result with Victoria winning on six rinks with the rink of Eric Sage, John Smart, Dave Sealey and Mike Manning top scoring.

Victoria 146, Penarth 100: G Jones, M Milliner, J Newman, M Stocker 23-9; J Griffiths, J Mingo-West, P Newport, P Leadbeater 20-17; R Rockett, A Barnes, M Taylor 23-16; W Nicholls, G Richards, A Bray 23-9; E Sage, J Smart, D Sealey, M Manning 24-9; P Wyatt, C Chudley, A Shattock, D Jones 13-28; S Thynne, B Pocock, D Hurst 20-12.

Victoria travelled to Weston (Bath) and although winning on two rinks skipped by Colin Gazzard and Derek Hurst, lost the match.

Victoria 80, Weston (Bath) 103: B Pocock, C Chudley, A Barnes, D Jones 16-30; J Griffiths, C Santasuosso, N Sell, C Gazzard 20-9; L Kelly, J Mingo-West, D Sealey, M Taylor 14-20; W Nicholls, M Willetts, G Frost, D Hurst 16-14; R Sparkes, A Waygood, T Gatehouse, J Newman 14-30.

With the outdoor season reaching its conclusion in three weeks time, there is still much to play for at Victoria with the final crucial county game for all teams and Victoria Saxons with two remaining games.

In the club competitions, Mike Cooper is heavily involved, meeting the winner of Tony Bray and Mike Stocker in the championship final. Nathan Stocker will be playing Mike Cooper or his father Mike Stocker in the handicap final.

Cooper and Mike Stocker are both semi-finalists in the two-wood singles, Darren Beard awaits the winner of Graham Rain and Bill Nicholls to contest the non-winners cup.

CLARENCE Blues’ chances of winning the Division 1 championship receded after a mixed week for them in the Weston & District Over-60s League.

Firstly, they took 18 points from a convincing home victory over Isle of Wedmore However, the following day, they lost by 14 shots away to Clevedon, earning only six points from their fourth defeat of the season.

Against Wedmore, the Blues went down on only one rink. Their victory charge was led by team captain David Stott, whose triple won by 25 shots. Gerald Barlow, Mick Edlin, Paul Tubb and Roger Burrough were the other successful skips.

Clarence Blues 113 (18), Isle of Wedmore 82 (2): J Loveridge, B Underwood, J Burgess 11-29; B Rossiter, D Grier, G Barlow 19-9; R Flicker, C Read, D Stott 30-5; A Bishop, H Sparks, M Edlin 18-12; T Ward, J Rogers, P Tubb 19-13; A Gardiner, J Keay, R Burrough 16-14.

In the match at Clevedon, wins from the rinks skipped by Richard Crawford, Mick Edlin and Paul Tubb were insufficient to counteract defeats on the other three.

Clevedon 107 (14), Clarence Blues 93 (6): I Phipps, J Burgess, R Crawford 18-16; B Underwood, D Grier, G Barlow 13-20; A Bishop, H Sparks, M Edlin 17-13; T Ward, J Rogers, P Tubb 20-15; B Rossiter, C Read, D Stott 12-22; A Gardiner, M Phillips, R Burrough 13-21.

The Golds, Clarence’s second team in the Over-60s League, had a lean time at home to Ashcombe Knights, taking only one point from a draw by John Kelloway, Mike Skyrme and John Edwards. New player Barry Benn made his debut for the Golds.

Clarence Golds 73 (1), Ashcombe Knights 129 (19): L Lewis, A Newland, R Higgins 9-20; J Kelloway, M Skyrme, J Edwards 16-16; B Benn, M Scoins, B Duffy 16-28; C Tippett, D Jackman, M Phillips 10-23; B Cheffers, R Dodson, M Davies 11-22; H Dunn, J Atkins, B Hanks 11-20.

Welsh tourists Blackwood enjoyed their visit to Clarence, winning by a handsome margin in a mixed match.

The only winning home rink comprised Bob Rossiter, Geraldine Hookway, Dick Jackman and skip Tony Mannion, who finished eight shots ahead.

Clarence 79, Blackwood 134: J Kelloway, Lucy Oldham, J Hicks, J Edwards 11-19; C Tippett, Irene Hicks, A Newland, P Tubb 18-21; M Peters, Val Gardiner, I Phipps, R Dodson 10-31; B Rossiter, Geraldine Hookway, D Jackman, T Mannion 23-15; J Stewart, M Scoins, Audrey Harris, T Ward 12-18; A Bishop, Norma Peters, B Cornwall, B Duffy 5-30.

Clarence had better luck against Essex tourists Writtle, winning by 24 shots in another mixed match. There was an outstanding victory by Mick Edlin’s rink, who scored 40, including a seven. The other successful home skips were Ivan Phipps, David Stott (with a six) and John Hayes.

Clarence 136, Writtle 112: J Loveridge, Joan Davis, M Scoins, I Phipps 17-13; J Hawkins, Brenda Hayes, B Rossiter, M Edlin 40-13; B Benn, N Martin, T Mannion, D Stott 25-24; P Lewis, J Kelloway, June Allard, D Jackman 15-19; M Peters, A Newland, Pam Dunn, John Hayes 24-18; A Bishop, Norma Peters, F Al-Hinai, M Skyrme 15-25.

The Clarence Sunday mixed team took on Leicestershire visitors Bagworth and finished up on only one of the six rinks to lose by 32 shots. Shirley Scoins, John Kelloway, Nigel Martin and skip Pam Hawkins formed the rink who won by seven.

Clarence 91, Bagworth 123: Pam Fowler, Janet Anning, L Lewis, J Atkins 14-22; Irene Hicks, Ann Ward, M Scoins, M Peters 9-29; M Thompson, Lucy Oldham, Pam Dunn, S Bishop 17-18; G Andrews, Ros Francombe, J Hicks, Audrey Harris 16-21; Norma Peters, D Welfare, T Ward, T Mannion 17-22; Shirley Scoins, J Kelloway, N Martin, Pam Hawkins 18-11.

ASHCOMBE hosted Llanidloes, a mixed touring team from Wales, and lost by 30 shots.

The Crusaders were triumphant against Clevedon Prom in the Over-60s League, winning on five of the six rinks and drawing on the other. The rink skipped by A Yates, supported by R Powell and G Wilkinson won 37-3.

The Knights also had a resounding win against Clarence Golds in the Over-60s League. Taking five of the six rinks played and drawing on the other, they won overall by an impressive 56 shots.

In their Over-60s match against Yatton, the Templars lost by 11 shots, despite winning on three rinks.

Ashcombe 101, Llanidloes 131 (mixed friendly): S Noyes, D Wynne, C Hedges, R Tasker 18-21; J Piper, S Davies, K Davies, T Bass 10-27; S Andrews, I Cracknell, G Sansam, B Cracknell 15-24; S Appleby, F Luker, D Bleasdale, T Morgan 18-16; A Cox, F McCathay, J Marlow, L Cox 20-26; L Owens, M Sell, R Counsell, B Noyes 20-17.

Crusaders 143, Clevedon Prom 71 (Over-60s): S Hedges, T Bass, J Whitton 20-11; G Tottle, G Finnegan, A Little 20-19; T Morgan, M Southwood, J Creasey 25-9; P Sheppard, J Hornett,J Taylor 21-9; R Powell, G Wikinson, A Yates 37-3; A Wilmot, D Bleasdale, J Whitlow 20-20.

Knights 129, Clarence Golds 73 (Over-60s): J Main, M Parry, I Shannon 28-16; A Wright, G Kinsey, E Hopkins 22-11; D Cooper, I Baker, D Carr 23-10; P Gaulton, T Roberts, L Day 16-16; N Coombes, D Norville, E Hooper 20-11; R Tasker, G Wilkinson, T Cottrell 20-9.

Templars 92, Yatton 103 (Over-60s): M Macmahon, R Counsell, B Benstead 15-14; R Lewis, D Wynne, F Bertram 17-16; G Tucker, T Pople, M Badman 11-16; K Davies, G Pople, L Cox 14-24; B Miles, D Underhay, M Paterson 10-17; M Field, E Booth, G Sansam 25-16.

WEDMORE men’s team faced tough opposition when the played at Clarence Blues in the Over-60s Triples League, winning just one rink and losing the match by 31 shots.

Ron Barron led his team to the only win of the day with a notable 29-11 victory.

Wedmore 82, Clarence Blues 113: K Davey, I Gallop, R Barron 29-11; R Dearden, S Fisher, I Faulkner 9-19; T Hamblin, D Barnett, B Back 5-30; D Trow, B Cottrell, D Wederell 12-18; V Matthews, D Collins, D Stansfield 13-19; T Counsell, R Norris, K Burt 14-16.

The men’s B team played host to Yatton and although they lost two of the three rinks, a good win by Colin Moss and his team gave Wedmore the overall victory 64-53.

Wedmore B 64, Yatton 53: B Aston, J Runciman, R Hunt, D Stansfield 17-21; A Birch, P Bean, C Panchaud, C Moss 34-12; V Matthews, T Hamblin, D Collins, K Burt 13-20.

A rescheduled Over-60s Triples match against Portishead was played away, with Wedmore men losing 73-107. Only Ray Newell and Clive Panchaud led winning teams in this tough fixture.

The ladies played at home against Portishead in a WDL league match, winning just one rink of the three and losing by five shots. Ladies’ captain Elaine Deverill and her team had a good 19-9 win and Maureen Hordle’s team lost by two on the last end in a tight game

Wedmore Ladies 43, Portished 48: J Collins, M Stansfield, M Trow 9-22; B Clark, D Gallop, M Hordle 15-17; M Green, M Perry, E Deverill 19-9.

Wessex visited Wedmore for another WDL match this week and the Wedmore ladies had a good win 46-35. Both Elaine Deverill and Gill Harvey led their teams to good wins. Rink scores: T. Newell, P. Cottrell, S. Wederell 14-14, R. Aston, D.Gallop, G. Harvey 18-13, M. Barron, J. Hunt, E.Deverill 14-8.

The ladies visited Fosseway for a Mendip League Triples match, winning two of the three rinks and overall by 14 shots. Marie Trow and her team had the best differential of the day winning 27-15.

Wedmore Ladies 58, Fosseway 44: J Collins, M Barron, M Hordle 18-11; M Fisher, D Gallop, P Beard 13-18; C Mercer, J Hunt, M Trow 27-15.

Finally, the Wedmore ladies visited Wells for a friendly match which they won handsomely with a final score of 61-35. Jean Wheller’s team were the champions of the day with a 26-11 win.

WINSCOMBE carried on from last week’s successes by winning both matches last week.

The first was against St Andrews in the Weston & District Over-60s League with a fine win by five rinks to one and 45 shots to keep them on top in thisleague. This was followed by a win against a touring side from Writtle (Essex) by 19 shots.

Winscombe 117 (18), St Andrews 72 (2) (Weston Over-60s League): R Kibble, T Uccellini, A Dudley 19-11; G Lloyd, G Coombe, W Ainsworth 21-13; K Whatling, P Fredersdorff, A Watts 25-6; R Wootten, J Sprouting, M Adams 17-15; P John, L Collier, T Ellis 14-15, B Paul, R Lowman, G Neville 21-12.

Winscombe 120, Writtle 101: C Hopes, D Rush, J Sprouting, L Collier 18-19; M Newing, M Howell, J Smith, M Adams 22-16; P Hopes, D Peakall, J Rush, R Lacy 31-9; R Weller, E Kindred, B Paul, A Dudley 12-19; B Prince, P Heal, M Hunt, G Coombe 20-22; M Smith, D Beaverstock, W Weller, R Wootten 17-16;

The Westlake Greenkeeper’s Trophy is an annual two-wood pairs club competition played across four games of 10 ends. Seven rinks of members played this year and the most successful two pairs played off to find the winners.

This year, Wilf Ainsworth and new bowler Dave Leach won, beating Mike Adams and Paul Hopes 16-9 in the final.

The annual Winscombe Floodlight Tournament got underway with 32 teams playing three matches in eight groups before the knockout competition.

Of the teams who have played twice, only Wryall Park are unbeaten. Winners in the first week were: Congresbury E and B (played two won one); Mark Moor A; Banwell A (2-1); Banwell B; Burnham; Victoria B and D; Wells A and B; Clevedon Prom B; St Andrews B; Wrington C (2-1); Wyrral Park (2-2) Winscombe C (2-1); Winscombe D. Nailsea B and Congresbury C drew.

Colin and Jill Westlake present the trophy to Wilf Ainsworth and David Leach.

WINSCOMBE ladies played two matches in the North Somerset Triples League.

The first was at home against Portishead Royal British Legion, winning one of the three rinks and going down 40-58 overall.

It was a similar story in their game, again played at home, against Clevedon Prom when skip Angela Ainsworth managed to pull a win out of the hat on her rink by gaining four shots on the last end to win 22-20, but losing the other two rinks meant the home team lost by 39 shots to 75.

In their match played at home against Mark Moor in the Wessex League, the ladies had a much better game, despite losing two of the rinks. Skip Jan Kimmins led her rink to a 29-11 victory, enabling Winscombe to only lose by three shots.

Winscombe Ladies 40, Portishead RBL 58 (NSTL): J Kimmins, S Lowman, A Ainsworth 20-14; L Coombe, P Heal, L Fredersdorff (c) 6-25; M Sprouting, P Burns, E Watts 14-19.

Winscombe Ladies 53, Mark Moor 56 (WL): M Smith, S Ovenden, M Adams, R Keane 13-21; L Coombe, M Howell, P Heal, L Fredersdorff (c) 11-24; C Bryant, L Parfitt, L Whatling, J Kimmins 29-11.

Winscombe Ladies 39, Clevedon Prom 75 (NSTL): M Sprouting, D Sapsford, S Caddy 9-23; C Hopes, J Rush, L Fredersdorff (c) 8-32; J Kimmins, L Dyer, A Ainsworth 22-20.

A CRUSHING win from the rink skipped by Margaret Noddings spearheaded Clarence Ladies’ 38-shot victory against green-sharers Wessex Ladies on August 19 in the Weston & District Triples League.

Noddings, Jean Colman and Carol Cromey piled up 42 shots in finishing 35 ahead. Carol Edlin’s triple also won for Clarence.

Clarence Ladies 71, Wessex Ladies 33. S Scoins, P Phillips, P Hawkins 14-17; J Colman, C Cromey, M Noddings 42-7; P Fowler, A Harris, C Edlin 15-9.

At home to Portishead Ladies in the same competition on August 18, Clarence Ladies won by ten shots, thanks mainly to a 26-shot victory by Mary Davison’s triple. They went down on the other two.

Clarence Ladies 54, Portishead Ladies 44. S Scoins, J Mannion, M Davison 31-5; S Ellis, C Cromey, P Phillips 10-19; J Colman, M Goodwin, V Jones 13-20.

Shirley Searle, Vi Senior and Pam Hawkins comprised the only successful rink for Clarence Ladies on August 14, as they lost by just four away to Victoria Ladies. In a close match, they won by three, while Mary Davison’s team lost by one.

Victoria Ladies 55, Clarence Ladies 59. S Searle, V Senior, P Hawkins 17-14; S Scoins, P Phillips, C Edlin 18-24; A Harris, V Collicott, M Davison 20-21.

In a home triples friendly against St Andrews Ladies on August 12, Clarence Ladies lost a closely-fought match by three shots, despite having finished up on two of the three rinks.

Clarence Ladies 44, St Andrews Ladies 47. M Goodwin, P Phillips, C Edlin 15-14; P Fowler, V Senior, P Burrough 11-22; S Scoins, C Cromey, M Noddings 18-11. Fours game, between Clarence Ladies’ teams: J Coles, J Anning, P Barnbrook, P Hawkins 10, S Searle, L Oldham, C Marshall, V Jones 17.

ASHCOMBE Park lost in the semi-final of the Fear Cup against a strong team from Portishead RBL at Bridgwater Bowls Club.

Ashcombe Ladies 33, Portishead RBL 78: M Main, M Tasker, J Wilkinson, J McInally 9-33; N Counsell, J Sansam, B MacGregor, J Hughes 13-19; L Paterson, M Tucker, S Ford, S Weaden 11-26.

Ashcombe Ladies 42 (2), Long Ashton 58 (8) (North Somerset Triples League): L Paterson, M Tasker, S Weaden 10-18; L Owens, B MacGregor, J Hughes 21-20; S Noyes, D Norville, S Hopkins 11-20.

Ashcombe Ladies 65 (8), Clevedon Prom 55 (2) (Wessex League): L Paterson, M Tucker, S Ford, S Weaden 15-24; N Counsell, B MacGregor, J Hughes, J McInally 28-15; M Main, M Tasker, J Wilkinson, A Goacher 22-16.

A tombola, organised by Audrey Kearns, held at Ashcombe Park, raised £170 in aid of the RNLI.

WESSEX Ladies 33 (2), Clarence 71 (8) (Weston & District Ladies League): P Hanson, M Davis, J Duffy 17-14; A Ward, J Davis, A Fewings 7-42; V Edwards, P Dunn, E Deane 9-15.

Wessex Ladies 35 (1), Isle of Wedmore 46 (9): V Edwards, E Deane, M Davis 13-18; N Peters, C Peart, P Dunn 14-14; I Hicks, J Allard, J Duffy 8-14.

ST ANDREWS ladies continued their winning run in the DRT League with a win over Nailsea by 40 shots, taking 10 points to their opponents two.

St Andrews Ladies 46, Nailsea 40: R McMillan, B Goddard, S Priory, M Pattenden 12-18; J Forse, M Wride, M Frost, M Favis 13-12; C Venn, M McMillan, A Campbell, J Ware 21-10.

Congratulations to the teams from St Andrews C Venn, M Bailey, M Pattenden, who won the Webber Cup at the Watchet Ladies Open Triples and C Venn, M Wride, M Bailey, who won the West Backwell triples competition.

ASHCOMBE Park Bowls Club hosted the Somerset Bowls Association Under-18s singles competition on both greens.

The competitive event was overseen by (from left) umpire Peter Sheppard from Ashcombe, girls’ manager Nova Edwards, senior vice-president Celia Whitmarsh, Under-25 match secretary Jean Fowkes and Under-25 manager Don Fowkes.

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