Trio bidding for Clarence titles

THREE players will each be bidding for two titles in Clarence Indoor Bowling Club’s finals day on Sunday. They are Don Towie, Richard Crawford and David Stott.

THREE players will each be bidding for two titles in Clarence Indoor Bowling Club’s finals day on Sunday. They are Don Towie, Richard Crawford and David Stott.

Towie is in the final of both the singles and triples, while Crawford and Stott are through in the pairs and also, in the triples, with Mick Edlin.

In his singles semi-final against South African-born Trevor Pritchard, Scotsman Towie trailed 7-1 after five ends, then picked up 15 shots on the next six to establish a commanding lead and win by eight.

His opponent will be Andy McMillan, winner by four in a tight tussle against Mick Edlin. They were tied 10-10 after 13 ends, then Edlin went 16-12 in front before McMillan clawed his way back to win on the 22nd end.

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Edlin, who had reached the semi-finals of all three events, also lost in the pairs. He and his wife Carol went 9-4 behind after eight ends against the redoubtable duo of Richard Crawford and David Stott, but hung on in there and a three on the penultimate end made it 10-10. One shot on the last was enough to put Crawford and Stott through.

Their opponents will be the holders, Pam and Ivan Barnbrook, 25-5 semi-final winners against Andy McMillan and his teenage daughter Jennifer. The Barnbrooks never looked back after chalking up sixes on the second and third ends to lead 12-1.

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The triples final will feature the only two ladies left in the competition, Carol Edlin and Audrey Powell. They and Don Towie were eventually comfortable winners of their semi-final against the Barnbrooks and Ken Cromey, but, having led 9-1 after six ends, they dropped a five on the ninth to trail 10-9.

However, their seven on the 12th end proved decisive as they went through to face Mick Edlin, Richard Crawford and David Stott.

The club’s short-mat section is also holding its finals day on Sunday and a large crowd of spectators is expected for what should be a feast of indoor bowls at Clarence Park.

Semi-final results - singles: D Towie bt T Pritchard 21-13; A McMillan by M Edlin 21-17. Pairs: R Crawford/D Stott bt M and C Edlin 11-10; P and I Barnbrook bt A and J McMillan 25-5. Triples: M Edlin/R Crawford/D Stott bt R McMillan/G Cooper/A McMillan 35-10; D Towie/C Edlin/A Powell bt P Barnbrook/K Cromey/I Barnbrook 20-11.

Short-mat finals day details - singles: semi-finalists are B Paterson, D Milford, D Thomas and R Dickason. Pairs – final line-up: D Milford/J Lavender v R Lavender/B Paterson.

? CLLR Jocelyn Holder, deputy mayor of Weston, will be the guest of honour when Clarence Bowling Club open their season with Captain’s Day on Saturday, April 9.

Announcing the news at the club’s pre-season meeting on Saturday, captain Ian Baker said that it would be a busy season for Clarence and, he hoped, a very successful one.

He announced that David Stott would captain the club’s A team, who have been promoted to Premier Two of the Somerset County League for the first time after having won two successive divisional championships.

John Edwards, the club vice-captain, will captain the Blues, Clarence’s first team in the Weston & District Over-60s League. They will be playing in Division 1 following their success in winning the second division title last year.

Club president Reg Flicker welcomed three new members at the meeting and said that he hoped there would soon be quite a few more. “This is the best club in the south-west and we must make sure that it continues to thrive,” he said.

The interior of the club’s pavilion is being redecorated and working parties of members will be busy both outside and inside before the season starts.

David Stott unveiled the club’s new website, which he has created, and members agreed that it was a huge improvement on the previous site. It can be found at

Sympathy was expressed for popular member Harry Maughan, who has had his left leg amputated in Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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