Victoria defeated by Clevedon in Top Club competition

Tony Barnes bowling for Victoria.

Tony Barnes bowling for Victoria. - Credit: Archant

Victoria were narrowly beaten by Clevedon in the National Top Club competition.

VICTORIA were narrowly defeated by Clevedon in the National Top Club competition, despite good wins by Malcolm Campbell in the two-wood singles and the fours skipped by Colin Gazzard.

Scores – four-wood singles: A Bray 7-21; two-wood singles: M Campbell 14-11; pairs: J Newman, M Cooper 10-22; triples: N Stocker, P Leadbeater, M Stocker 11-26; fours: P Wyatt, D Fairhurst, K Harvey, C Gazzard 23-15.

Bridgwater were only able to provide five triples instead of five rinks and the result was an overwhelming win for Victoria, with good results from triples skipped by Mike Stocker and Nick Sell.

Victoria 107, Bridgwater 54: J Codrington, J Newman, M Stocker 23-8; P Wyatt, A Shattock, D Jones 18-14; J Mingo-West, M Campbell, D Hurst 13-11; M Willetts, M Manning, P Leadbeater 21-12; H Whyte, R Rockett, N Sell 32-9.

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There was a good result against local rivals Banwell, led by the rink skipped by Ken Harvey.

Victoria 92, Banwell 60: D Roberts, T Gatehouse, N Sell, M Campbell 21-19; R Austin, D Williams, A Barnes, K Harvey 36-12; P Wyatt, R Rockett, D Sealey 11-17; L Stocker, H Whyte, K Holland, D Fairhurst 24-12.

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After skipping his rink to a big score on Friday, Mike Taylor again skipped his rink to a 10-shot win against Winscombe. However, even with the help of Derek Jones’ rink, it was not enough to avoid a defeat.

Victoria 75, Winscombe 113: M Willetts, H Gibbs, N Sell, M Taylor 23-13; L Kelly, H Whyte, P Leadbeater, D Jones 17-14; T Gatehouse, G Rain, A Barnes, G Frost 18-23; J Mingo-West, P Fisher, J Howell, K Holland 9-34; M Milliner, W Nicholls, M Campbell, D Hurst 8-29.

The Vikings surprisingly beat first division opponents Clevedon in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples Knockout Cup.

Victoria only won on two rinks, that of Derek Jones by 15 shots and George Frost by four shots. However, at 10 ends, the Vikings were 28 shots ahead, but contrived to drop shots towards the end.

With two ends to go and only Alan Shattock’s rink playing, the game was all square, but Victoria dropped a shot on the 17th end. Needing two to win on the last end, Victoria had a wood knocked in for shot and another one already in the count as they won to go through to the next round against another first division team Clevedon Promenade.

Victoria Vikings 106, Clevedon 105: R Hollier, C Chudley, D Jones 26-11; T Gilbert, M Milliner, J Smart 19-24; W Nicholls, J Griffiths, G Richards 14-19; L Kelly, J Mingo-West, G Rain 15-16; R Jacobs, J Turton, G Frost 22-18; G Jones, M Willetts, A Shattock 10-17.

The Saxons beat Clevedon Promenade by a good margin in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League, thanks to the triple skipped by Mike Taylor, who won by 34 shots and the triple skipped by Ken Harvey who won by 15 shots.

Bryan Stock’s triple, 13 shots down at 13 ends, came back to only lose by five as Victoria maintain their position at the top of Division 1.

Victoria Saxons 132 (15), Clevedon Promenade 97 (5): D Williams, G Stocker, M Stocker 10-21; M Cooper, D Sealey, B Stock 16-21; T Gatehouse, M Manning, K Holland 20-20; H Whyte, A Bray, M Taylor 37-3; R Rockett, A Barnes, K Harvey 27-12; M Campbell, J Newman, D Hurst 22-20.

SOMERSET Bowling Association is playing Gloucestershire Bowling Association tomorrow (2pm) at Victoria Bowling Club, Albert Quadrant, Weston, to celebrate the centenary of Somerset BA.

Their first county match was on June 27, 1914, at Victoria against Gloucestershire. It is understood that the first five ends will be played in blazers to replicate the tradition of 100 years ago and the game will be played with the Mayor and Mayoress of Weston in attendance.

CLARENCE A made it four wins out of four in the Somerset County League when they whitewashed home team Nailsea B.

On a fast, tricky surface in hot sun, they finished up on all three rinks, led by Roger Burrough’s four, who won by 21 shots.

Nailsea B 36 (0), Clarence A 77 (12): M Edlin, P Tubb, P Palmer, D Stott 21-13; R Flicker, J Keay, G Barlow, R Crawford 25-13; A Gardiner, T Mannion, T Pritchard, R Burrough 31-10.

At home, Clarence B suffered a one-shot County League defeat by Chew Stoke B. Ken Marshall skipped his rink to an eight-shot win, but the other two fours went down by a total of nine.

Clarence B 52 (2), Chew Stoke B 53 (10): C Tippett, A Kermack, B Duffy, K Marshall 21-13; B Cheffers, B Cornwall, D Jackman, M Phillips 14-21; T Ward, M Skyrme, J Edwards, C Read 17-19.

A quicker green than Clarence are used to caught out the Blues at Isle of Wedmore, as they suffered their first defeat of the season in Division 1 of the Weston & District Over-60s League.

Heavy reverses for the two end rinks meant that victories by Paul Tubb and Gerry Barlow were not enough to avert defeat. Roger Burrough’s triple lost for the first time, while Richard Crawford’s finished two down.

Isle of Wedmore 133 (16), Clarence Blues 93 (4): A Bishop, B Underwood, M Edlin 9-29; R Flicker, J Rogers, P Tubb 18-13; I Phipps, C Read, G Barlow 24-16; K Marshall, T Mannion, R Crawford 17-19; A Gardiner, J Keay, R Burrough 15-19; D Grier, J Burgess, H Sparks 10-37.

A four dropped on the final end cost Clarence B victory in their Somerset County League fixture away to Victoria C. Ironically, it was conceded by their only winning rink, “golden oldies” Bert Cheffers, Bob Cornwall, Dick Jackman and “youngster” Maurice Phillips.

They won by five shots, the same margin by which John Edwards and his men lost, while captain Brendan Duffy went down by three, which was the margin of defeat.

Victoria C 64 (10), Clarence B 61 (2): B Cheffers, B Cornwall, D Jackman, M Phillips 24-19; J Kellaway, A Kermack, M Skyrme, J Edwards 15-20; C Tippett, M Scoins, K Marshall, B Duffy 22-25.

Clarence Golds took only three points from their away match with Ashcombe Knights in Division 2 of the Over-60s League.

John Hawkins, Adrian Taylor and Maurice Phillips won by three shots, while John Kellaway, Alan Newland and John Edwards drew.

Ashcombe Knights 135, Clarence Golds 81: J Hawkins, A Taylor, M Phillips 19-16; C Tippett, J Atkins, John Hayes 11-35; B Cheffers, M Skyrme, M Davies 16-21; M Peters, M Scoins, B Duffy 11-31; J Stewart, D Jackman, R Higgins 11-19; J Kellaway, A Newland, J Edwards 13-13.

Clarence entertained Newport HSOB for their annual match and won by 40 shots after an enjoyable afternoon. The home team finished up on five of the six rinks, Brendan Duffy’s men leading the way with a 14-shot victory.

The rinks skipped by Duffy, John Edwards, Ken Marshall and Chris Read all notched up sixes.

Clarence 129, Newport HSOB 89: T Hooper, A Bishop, J Burgess, C Read 27-15; J Stewart, M Skyrme, T Ward, J Edwards 22-15; A Gardiner, J Loveridge, J Atkins, K Marshall 20-10; L Lewis, J Kellaway, M Scoins, B Duffy 26-12; D Gilbert, A Newland, I Phipps, M Phillips 13-22; A Kermack, B Cornwall, J Norris, M Edlin 21-15.

ASHCOMBE Park Knights came up against Mark Moor in the Over-60s League and only won two of the five rinks played as they lost by just seven shots.

Ashcombe A lost heavily on all rinks against Yatton A in the Somerset County League.

The Knights and Clarence Golds played each other in the Over-60s League and the Knights had a resounding win taking three rinks, losing two and drawing one. On the rink skipped by L Day, supported by D Cooper and I Baker, they won 31-11 and likewise on the rink skipped by M Parry, supported by J Marlow and A Freke, the win was 35-11.

Knights 83 Mark Moor 90 (Over-60s): M Bass, W Spring, E Hopkins 26-13; B Jones, M Parry, J Main 22-13; D Cooper, I Baker, L Day 15-20 P Gaulton, D Carr, T Cottrell 10-18; G Kinsey, N Coombes, K Wheeler 10-26.

Ashcombe A 41, Yatton A 74 (County League): N Coombes, I Baker, T Bass, DA Williams 13-30; M West, T Morgan, J Taylor, J Whitlow 12-20; G Wilkinson, F Ham, A Yates, J Whitton 16-24.

Knights 133 Clarence Gold 86 (Over-60s): D Cooper, I Baker, L Day 31-11; B Jones, D Norville, J Main 13-13; A Wright, K Hallett, K Wheeler 16-19; J Marlow, A Freke, M Parry 35-11; N Coombes, E Roberts, T Cottrell 16-21; G .Kinsey, L Cox, D Carr 19-11.

ST ANDREWS won all their matches played last week, in the Alcock Trophy played at home against Purnell and the mixed team came out on top by seven shots, sending them through to the next round.

In the Over-60s Triples League, they also had success winning by 21 shots at home to Isle of Wedmore. The triple skipped by Barrie Force contributed with a 20-shot win over their opponents, giving the Saints a 15-5 points tally from the match.

In an away friendly to Wrington, it was a much closer game, the Saints winning by just two shots, mainly down to a 10-shot win by the rink skipped by Brian Reeves.

St Andrews 39, Purnell 32 (Alcock Trophy): C Venn, B Force, D Favis, M Favis 18-22; R Smith, J Ware, A Campbell, K Curtis 21-10.

St Andrews 102, Isle of Wedmore 81 (Over-60s Triple League): R Smith, A Yeeles, D Bailey 13-13; D Wills, T Allen, B Force 26-6; T Lay, D Price, G Wride 13-11; K Uglow, E Day, D Favis 21-13; B Rogers, R Brereton, R McLeod 15-22; R Roberts, G Tofte, A Horsburgh 14-16.

St Andrews 73, Wrington 71 (friendly): R Brereton, G Tofte, R Gill, D Favis 21-20; P Smart, G Cooper, R Venn, A McMillan 16-17; M Goddard, D Price, J ling, A Horsburgh 11-19; R Smith, G Cooper, T Allen B Reeves 25-15.

IT has been a week of mixed results for Winscombe, with two wins and two losses.

The week started poorly in the C&D League away to Congresbury, with Winscombe losing a total of 14 shots across all four rinks on the last end and the game by seven shots.

Things brightened up with an eight-shot win away in a friendly game against Wyrral Park, which was closely followed by a two-shot overall loss in a competitive home game against Clevedon Prom in the C&D league.

The last game of the week was a friendly match away to Victoria, with Winscombe coming out on top and winning by a total margin of 38 shots.

Winscombe 71, Congresbury 78 (Clevedon & District Co-operative Funeralcare League): M Dorrington, R Fisher, P Fredersdorff, S Eastment 17-25; B Paul, R Kibble, A Dudley, R Lacy 14-28; A Watts, N Hansford, G Coombe, R Lowman 19-10; S Easterby, G Hill, W Ainsworth, M Adams 21-15.

Winscombe 103, Wyrral Park 95 (friendly): D Beaverstock, N Hansford, W Ainsworth 14-28; K Whatling, A Dudley, L Collier 19-17; M Newing, M Dorrington, S Eastment 16-20; S Easterby, R Fisher, A Watts 22-11; R Weller, D Johnson, R Lowman 13-11; R Sapsford, G Hill, R Lacy 19-8.

Winscombe 69, Clevedon Prom 71 (Clevedon & District Co-operative Funeralcare League): W Ainsworth, R Kibble, A Dudley, R Lacy 18-20; A Watts, S Easterby, G Coombe, R Lowman 21-15; M Dorrington, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff, S Eastment 15-21; N Hansford, B Paul, L Collier, M Adams 15-15.

Winscombe 113, Victoria 75 (friendly): M Hunt, P Cast, M Dorrington, R Lacy 29-8; R Sapsford, J Lukins, P Fredersdorff, R Wooten 13-23; R Weller, R Fisher, M Hunter, S Eastment 23-18; P Hopes, D Johnson, T Uccellini, A Dudley 34-9; D Beaverstock, B Prince, K Whatling, A Watts 14-17.

THERE was a dramatic ending to a national men’s two fours match played at Wilmot Park, Bristol.

Wedmore men started the last end six shots down, Ron Barron played a perfect last wood, moving the jack to a cluster of Wedmore woods and scoring six. An extra end was played and Wedmore won by one shot.

Wedmore now go forward to the fourth round of the competition.

There was also a good result as well in the over-60s men’s triples against visitors Clarence Blues, with Wedmore winning four of the six rinks. Ron Barron and his team had the best differential of the day with a 37-10 victory.

Wedmore 133, Clarence Blues 93: B Keen, A Birch, C Panchaud 29-9; V Matthews, D Barnett, T Brown 13-18; D Skelton, T Bullock, E Payne 16-24; R Hunt, S Fisher, I Faulkner 19-17; R Dearden, B Cottrell, K Pettit 19-15; T Counsell, B Andrews, R Barron 37-10.

In another over-60s triples match, Wedmore visited St Andrews and lost by 81 shots to 102. Tony Brown and his team had the best Wedmore result with a 22-15 victory.

Wedmore ladies played their second round Fear Cup match at home against Victoria and won all three rinks. Maureen Hordle and her team had the best of the three wins with an 18-13 victory

Wedmore Ladies 58, Victoria 49: J Collins, M Trow, G Harvey, E Deverill 20-18; T Newell, C Pettit, P Cottrell, S Wederell 20-18; D Gallop, M Barron, P Beard, M Hordle 18-13.

In the Southey Cup, Wedmore ladies did not fare so well when they played away against City of Wells and were knocked out. Although winning two of the four rinks, they lost overall.

ASHCOMBE Park Ladies 64, City of Wells 57 (Fear Cup): M Tucker, S Ford, M Baker, S Weaden 14-25; N Counsell, B MacGregor, J Hughes, J McInally 17-21; M Main, M Tasker, J Wilkinson, A Goacher 33-11.

Round five will be home against Burnham tomorrow (Fri) at 2.30p.m. In the Southey Trophy, Ashcombe will be playing away to Portishead on July 20 (2.30pm).

Averill Goacher and Mavis Main again represented Somerset versus Warwickshire at Barnwood, Gloucester, the team losing by five shots.

Two teams of ladies played an enjoyable game against a Somerset junior side. Three of Ashcombe Park juniors Abi Brigham-Curtis, Imogen Cracknell and Danni Little will be playing in the Amy Rose squad evening on July 10 at 6.30pm at Bridgwater.

Ashcombe Ladies 44, Nailsea 43 (friendly): J Matthews, L Owens, N Counsell, S Hopkins 14-20; A Cox, J Field, C Hedges, M Baker 16-10; S Noyes, B Cullen, L Paterson, B MacGregor 14-13.

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WINSCOMBE ladies played at home in round four of the Southey Trophy against a strong Clevedon Prom side and lost all four rinks.

Rowena Keane, skipping the rink and Sarah Lowman and Mavis Adams in the pairs had the best of the day’s play, going down by only six shots and seven shots respectively.

Winscombe were away to Portishead in the North Somerset Triples League and lost two out of the three rinks and by 40 shots to 57. Mavis Adams skipped her rink to a 21-18 victory, despite giving away five shots on the last end. A friendly rink was also lost by the Winscombe ladies by 15 shots to 20.

Winscombe were due to play their first round in the Fear Plate, but had a bye when Street conceded their game against Ashcombe Park in the first round of the Fear Cup. Winscombe will now play Mark Moor in the next round of the Plate.

Winscombe Ladies 48, Clevedon Prom 108 (Southey Trophy) – singles: T Miles 7-22; pairs: S Lowman, M Adams 20-27; triples: C Hopes, S Caddy, L Fredersdorff 7-39; fours: J Rush, S Lowis, W Weller, R Keane 14-20.

Winscombe Ladies 40, Portishead 57 (NSL): T Miles, S Lowman, E Watts 8-21; C Hopes, R Keane, A Ainsworth 11-18; J Rush, L Fredersdorff (c), M Adams 21-18; L Dyer, W Weller, J Kimmins (friendly) 15-20.

WESSEX Ladies 41 (2), West Backwell 62 (8) (Weston & District Ladies League): V Edwards, E Deane, P Taylor 14-24; P Turner, J Duffy, P Dunn 7-24; E Wade, M Hawkins, A Ward 20-14.

Wessex Ladies 42, St Andrews 72 (Fear Cup): B Jones, N Peters, C Peart, A Ward 12-29; V Edwards, E Deane, M Davis, P Taylor 17-24; P Turner, J Allard, J Duffy, A Fewings 13-19.

Wessex will now play Clarence Ladies in the Fear Cup Plate.

ST ANDREWS ladies had a convincing win over Wessex in the Fear Cup, winning overall by 30 shots and successful on all three rinks.

They were less successful in the National Top Club competition against Portishead RBL, losing the tie 1-3.

They also lost away to Victoria by just shots shots with the triple skipped by Jackie Pitman their only success.

St Andrews Ladies 72, Wessex 42 (Fear Cup): R McMillan, F Allen, M Pattenden, M Bailey 19-13; C Venn, M Wride, J Ware, M Favis 24-17; J Force, M McMillan, J Pitman, A Campbell 29-12.

St Andrews Ladies 1, Portishead RBL 3 (National Top Club) - singles: C Venn 12-21; pairs: J Ware, M Favis 22-13; triples: M Wride, M Pattenden, M Bailey 9-17; fours: R McMillan, S Priory, J Pitman, A Campbell 7-25.

St Andrews Ladies 44, Victoria 46 (friendly): C Venn, I Tofte, M Pattenden 16-19; J McMillan, A Greenwood, A Campbell, 13-16; D Cooper, S Priory, J Pitman 15-12.

VICTORIA ladies gave a good account of themselves against a strong Wedmore team in the Fear Cup.

Only a last wood on the 20th end by the Wedmore skip, playing against Mildred Chudley’s rink, prevented Wedmore dropping a five.

Victoria Ladies 49, Wedmore 58: T Ellis, F Waters, S Newman, M Chudley 18-20; D Owen, C Willetts, A Holland, M Hillman 18-20; R Cleeves, R Bailey, S Harrison, S Cooper 13-18.

A good win against local rivals St Andrews in a friendly saw newcomer Hannah Frye performing well in her first game for the club.

Victoria Ladies 47, St Andrews 44: G Poolman, R Cleeves, C Willetts13-15; N Whyte, S Sokol, S Newman 15-13; H Frye, E Newport, S Cooper 19-16.

CLARENCE ladies, holders of the county Fear Plate, progressed to the next round with a 15-shot home win against Wyrral Park.

They led all the way, with Carol Edlin’s rink finishing seven shots clear and Margaret Noddings skipping her team to victory by 10 with two sixes. They now play green sharers Wessex.

Clarence Ladies 68, Wyrral Park 53: P Fowler, P Phillips, P Burrough, C Edlin 24-17; S Pritchard, J Mannion, P Hawkins, V Collicott 16-18; J Colman, S Ellis, M Davison, M Noddings 28-18.

Clarence struggled against visitors Portishead RBL in the North Somerset Triples League, losing two rinks heavily. Margaret Noddings skipped her trio to victory by one shot with a four on the last end.

Clarence Ladies 38, Portishead RBL 73: S Searle, V Jones, P Barnbrook 11-33; P Phillips, C Edlin, P Burrough 10-24; S Ellis, P Hawkins, M Noddings 17-16.

There was little better luck for Clarence, away to Portishead in the Weston & District League. They went down on all three rinks.

Portishead Ladies 58, Clarence Ladies 29: V Jones, P Phillips, P Burrough 7-22; A Harris, M Davison, P Hawkins 14-17; S Pritchard, J Mannion, V Collicott 8-19.

However, a home friendly against Mark Moor proved more successful for Clarence, as they won by 21 shots. Pam Hawkins won by 16 shots and Jo Mannion by seven.

Clarence Ladies 52, Mark Moor 31: R Francombe, L Oldham, J Colman 12-14; G Hookway, A Ballinger, P Hawkins 22-6; P Fowler, S Searle, J Mannion 18-11.

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