Victoria reach North Somerset Knockout Cup final

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Banwell Bowls Club. - Credit: Archant

Victoria have enjoyed good results in cup competitions, reach a semi-final and final in two competitions.

Victoria continue to progress in cup competitions with a Wedmore Plate quarter-final win against St Andrews and a semi-final win against Clevedon in the North Somerset KO Cup.

The match against St Andrews produced two rink wins each, but a 22-shot victory by the rink of Brian Pocock, Alan Shattock, John Newman and skip Will Harrison paved the way for a comfortable win.

Victoria enjoyed an emphatic win over Clevedon in the NSBA KO Cup semi-final, winning all six rinks and the game by a healthy margin of 49 shots.

Mike Cooper skipped his rink of Paul Coumis, Malcolm Campbell and Don Wheatley to the day’s highest winning rink.

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All three league teams were in action with a defeat for the A team, who just picked up two points for the winning rink of Paul Coumis, Malcolm Campbell, John Newman and Will Harrison.

The B team played against the A team of Ashcombe and courtesy of the sole winning rink of Brian Pocock, Dave Sealey, Pete Wyatt and Phil Fisher achieved an excellent win with the eight points moving them to fourth in the division, just a few points behind both Chew Stoke and St Andrews, with a game in hand on each and trailing current leaders Willmott Park by11 points.

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The C team were also in action against the C team of Ashcombe and recorded an outstanding win of 24 shots with skips Graham Hodge, Graham Richards and John Langridge with the 12 points gained enabling them to leapfrog Ashcombe C in the table.

In the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League, the Saxons had a fine win against Portishead winning five rinks with the triple of Nigel Robbins, Roy Bromet and Don Wheatley leading the way with a 31-shot victory.

The Vikings were up against Burnham, the current league leaders and were in touching distance of causing an upset until the final few ends when Burnham pulled away for a narrow victory.

However, the Vikings added a valuable six points to their total with three rink wins skipped by Graham Hodge, John Langridge and the evergreen Terry Gilbert skipping his triple of Les Kelly and Dave Roberts to a convincing five-shot winning margin.

Victoria 83, St Andrews 65: B Pocock, A Shattock, J Newman, W Harrison 30-8; R Rocket, H Gibbs, C Gazzard, M Cooper 17-16; M Milliner, R Bromet, P Owen, C Heal 19-20; D Fairhurst, D Wheatley, P Fisher, S Davies 17-21.

Victoria 132, Clevedon 83: D Beard, D Williams, H Gibbs, S Davis 25-17; P Coumis, M Campbell, D Wheatley, M Cooper 21-9; M Milliner, R Bromet, P Owen, C Gazzard 28-19; R Rockett, A Shattock, J Newman, W Harrison 30-19; H Whyte, P Wyatt, P Fisher, C Heal 28-19.

Victoria A 59 (2), Nailsea A 69 (10): P Coumis, M Campbell, J Newman, W Harrison 20-19; R Bromet, D Wheatley, C Gazzard, M Cooper 20-22; D Beard, M Milliner, H Gibbs, C Heal 19-28.

Victoria B 63 (8), Ashcombe A 56 (4): B Pocock, D Sealey, P Wyatt, P Fisher 33-13; H Whyte, D Carpenter, J Smart, K Holland 12-23; Carmine, R Rockett, M Manning, D Williams 18-20.

Victoria C 71 (12), Ashcombe C 47(0): Alan Hollier, D Hubbard, G Frost, G Hodge 21-10; Alex Waygood, R Stallard, B Nicholls, G Richards 23-15; N Robbins, C Coumis, G Rain, J Langridge 27-22.

Victoria Saxons 138 (18), Portishead 81 (2): H Whyte, M Manning, C Heal 8-27; R Rockett, A Shattock, M Cooper 15-14; N Robbins, R Bromet, D Wheatley 37-6; B Pocock, D Sealey, K Holland 20-10; Carmine, D Williams, J Newman 27-7; M Milliner, J Smart, D Jones 21-17.

Victoria Vikings 93 (6), Burnham 107 (14): E Sage, R Bromet, A Webb 8-17; C Cleeves, J Codrington, B Johnson 17-23; L Kelly, D Roberts, T Gilbert 22-17; A Hollier, C Chudley, G Hodge 17-16; A Waygood, B Nicholls, J Langridge 15-13; G Robbins, G Frost, T Gatehouse 14-21.

Clarence recorded a fine victory against Burnham, taking two of the three rinks and eight of the available 10 points on offer in this Somerset County League match.

Best winning rink goes to Mick Edlin, Gordon Owen and Gerald Barlow skipped by Bob Sweet, who took an early lead by taking singles on the first four ends. Burnham came back taking the lead back on the ninth end, before Bob’s team took the next three ends and a four-shot lead.

Burnham cut the deficit to two when they took two singles on the 13th and 14th, but Clarence hit back with two threes, taking the lead to eight. The 17th and 18th stunned Bob’s team as they dropped a four and a one, reducing their lead to just three with three to play. Clarence dug-in and took the remaining ends and a 10-shot victory.

Clarence A 63, 50 Burnham A 50: M Edlin, G Owen, G Barlow, B Sweet 24-14; M Clay, W Hallworth, T Mannion, D Towie 21-14; A Gardiner, K Marshall, B Duffy, R Burrough 18-24.

The B’s won on shots over Wrington as they only won on one rink in this league match. Rink of the day goes to John Edwards, Martin Ford and John Hayes skipped by Pete Williams, who were nip and tuck for the first six ends before Pete’s team unleashed a body blow to Wrington with two fives and a six over the next four ends and an 18-shot buffer.

Wrington took a one on the 11th, but again Pete’s team took the next five ends increasing their lead to 25. Wrington took the final two ends and four shots to reach double figures and Clarence a 20-shot win.

Clarence B 65, 53 Wrington 53: A Bishop, N Martin, S Browning, D Grier 14-22; M Turnbull, B Coleman, C Tippett, M Davies 20-20; J Edwards, M Ford, John Hayes, P Williams 31-11.

Of the five rinks, Clarence only managed to win one rink, with a draw on another against Newport HSOB.

The drawn match looked unlikely until the last two ends where skip Brendan Duffy were five down, but took a two and a three to make the draw.

Rink of the day goes to Gordon Leigh, John Edwards and Martin Ford skipped by Mike Davies, who did not have any shots on the board until the fifth, to which they took four ends on the trot leaving them one shot up.

The next four ends went Newport’s way with the lead switching again Mike’s team got one back on the 13th, but dropped shots on the next two.

Clarence were now five shots down with three to play, Mike’s team steadied themselves and took all three and nine shots and a four-shot win.

Clarence 63, Newport HSOB 78: G Leigh, J Edwards, M Ford, M Davies 16-12; J Loveridge, N Buckley, K Marshall, D Towie 12-14; B Rossiter, T Ward/M Skyrme, M Phillips, B Duffy 14-14; F Al-Hinai, J Kellaway, A Newland, C Read 10-22; T Derrick, M Turnbull, K Southan, M Scoins 11-16.

St Andrews turned the formbook upside down in the Somerset County League when they inflicted the first defeat for three years on North Division One title favourites Willmott Park.

Having lost 12-0 away to second-placed Chew Stoke A the previous week and with some players missing, Saints went into the home fixture against the Bristol side with low expectations.

However, they got off a racing start, 20 shots ahead after five ends, which included a seven by Rod Smith, Tony Bray, Andy McMillan and skip Mike Stocker.

Although McMillan, in his first game for a fortnight, was using borrowed woods, having forgotten his own, that rink kept up the pressure throughout the game to win by a decisive 13 shots.

Darrell Johnston’s quartet led from the start, but faced going behind when, on the penultimate end, their opponents were holding five. However, with his last wood, Johnston played a perfectly-weighted bowl to draw the shot and they won by four.

Don Bailey’s rink, the last to finish, knew that they needed only to avoid dropping a hotshot on their final end for overall victory to be secured. They picked up a four and Saints had won by 12 shots, earning 10 points and moving to third in the table.

It was the first time Willmott Park, from Hartcliffe in Bristol, had lost since joining the County League three years ago.

St Andrews 72 (10), Willmott Park 60 (2): R Smith, T Bray, A McMillan, M Stocker 32-19; R Venn, G Cooper, B May, D Bailey 21-26; J Keay, G Webber, S Stocker, D Johnston 19-15.

Saints’ hopes of retaining the Somerset county Wedmore Plate were dashed by local rivals Victoria, who beat them by 17 shots in their quarter-final at the Vic.

The match was much closer than the result suggests, with just a handful of shots separating the teams until the closing ends. But a 21-shot defeat on one rink proved too much for Saints to overcome.

Mike Stocker, back at the club where he played for 33 years, skipped his rink to victory by four. Brian Reeves and his men, who led by six with two ends to go, just clung on to finish one ahead, while Darrell Johnston’s four lost on the last end.

Victoria 83, St Andrews 66: T Bray, G Webber, S Stocker, D Johnston 16-17; A Cooper, R Wootten, D Favis, D Bailey 9-30; M Goddard, C Howard, B Forse, M Stocker 21-17; J Keay, B May, K Curtis, B Reeves 20-19.

An 11-shot victory for veteran skip Jim Warren’s rink helped St Andrews win by 12 in a triples friendly at Banwell.

The Warren team included Madrid resident Robin Flaxman, brother-in-law of Saints’ member Ken Uglow, who has joined St Andrews for a couple of months while he is here on holiday. Although only an occasional bowler, he did well.

A six on the 15th of the 18 ends – having conceded a six early in the game – proved decisive as ex-Banwell player Darrell Johnston skipped his rink to victory. Brian Reeves had to settle for a draw when his team conceded a two in the final end.

Banwell 72, St Andrews 84: G Sims, R Wootten, B Reeves 13-13; R Potter, J Ling, G Webber 14-17; J Keay, S Stocker, D Johnston 22-17; D Reynolds, A Cooper, M Stocker 15-16; K Uglow, R Flaxman, J Warren 20-9.

Welsh tourists Kenfig Hill & Pyle made their first visit to St Andrews for a mixed six-rinker and were beaten by just five shots in an enjoyable match.

Brian Green’s home quartet scored 12 shots in six ends just after halfway to win by five, while captain Ken Curtis was victorious by nine. Other winning home skips were Brian May and George Cooper.

St Andrews 112, Kenfig Hill & Pyle 107: R Potter, D Reynolds, Jackie Pitman, B Green 20-15; L Yeates, Debbie Baker, B McLeod, K Curtis 24-15; R Smith, A Cooper, R Venn, Ann Campbell 11-25; G Sims, Margaret Wride, R Flaxman, B May 22-16; Jacquie Yeates, R Brereton, M Goddard, J Warren 17-24; Carolina Venn, M Dew, K Uglow, G Cooper 18-12.

Weston Hyundai dealers Simonstone have agreed to sponsor St Andrews Bowling Club for three years. The sponsorship was suggested by Simonstone employee Jill Bishop, a St Andrews member. Here, Jill and Simonstone sales manager Jeff Bullingham (right) present the first year’s cheque to Saints’ treasurer Gordon Wride.

In a triples match versus St Andrews, Banwell won two rinks, lost on two rinks and drew the remaining rink.

Despite Mike Davies and his rink fighting from 8-13 down with five ends to go to win their rink, St Andrews proved to be the stronger team on the day.

Banwell 72, St Andrews 84: M Kirby, G Millard, B Taylor 13-13; V McArdell, G Bean, M Davies 17-14; G Spittles, C Coffin, P Villis 17-22; G Hollier, M Laycock, L Pheasant 16-15; J Evans, J Rickerty, K Burgess 9-20.

The sun was beating down and the afternoon was hot when Banwell played against a mixed side from Winscombe.

The match was played over 18 ends, with liquid refreshment much in evidence, and despite winning on three of the four rinks, Banwell went down by four shots at the end.

Banwell 53, Winscombe 57: S Taylor, R Taylor, C Heal, L Pheasant 16-12; A Cockayne, K Wright, M Finch, J Amos 17-11; K Gibbons, P Fisher, D Mabbutt, P Botting 14-13; Jan Davies, R Villis, S White, J Davies 6-21.

Only the A team were in county league action last weekend and a win against bottom of the table Bath B was a must which would take them away from the lower end of the table.

The A team duly obliged with a win on all three rinks to take the maximum 12 points. Highlight of the game was John Davies and his rink scoring a six on the 16th end and another six on the 18th.

Banwell A 80 (12), Bath B 41 (0): T Burnett, H Woodards, B Taylor, J Davies 31-16; G Millard, V McArdell, C Wilson, M Davies 23-15; T Hyde, M Laycock, H Guckian, P Villis 26-10.

Ashcombe Knights played two successful games in the Weston and District Over-60s League.

Against Ashcombe Templars, who play in the same division, the Knights scored an impressive victory winning all six rinks and finishing with an overall shots win of 134 to 55. With the return match in a couple of week’s time, the Templars will be out for revenge.

Against Mark Moor, the Knights scored a comfortable win, taking four of the six rinks and drawing a fifth, with an overall shots win of 110 to 82.

Ashcombe Knights 134, Ashcombe Templars 55 (Knight names first): D Barnes, J Hornett, T Morgan 21, G Tucker, P March, A Freke 8; B Bishop, R Counsell, K Powell 15, G Llewellyn, R Salt, D Cardy 14; J McKenzie, M Paterson, A Cracknell 36, P Barnes, D Bleasdale M Butt 4; B Jones, G Mills, E Hopkins 15, B Jenkins, D Williams, B Miles 12; G Fews, E Roberts, L Cox 26, G Field, D Harris, S Andrews 8; R Tasker, A Tucker, D Wynne 21, B Burbidge, M Field, M Parry 9.

Ashcombe Knights 110, Mark Moor 82: B Alden, R Tasker, A Little 29-10; B Jones, G Mills, E Hopkins 15-18; J McKenzie, M Paterson, A Cracknell 17-15; D Barnes, J Hornett, T Morgan 14-14; G Fews, E Roberts, K Powell 16-10; B Bishop, A Tucker, D Wynne 19-17.

In the Somerset Bowls League, all three of Ashcombe’s teams were in action.

The A team were at home to Victoria B and despite winning two of the three rinks, they lost on overall shots by 56 to 63.

The B team were away to Portishead A and a win on one rink by 10 shots was not enough to give the overall victory, losing by the close margin of 60 shots to 62.

The C team were away to Victoria B on what proved to be a challenging green. Ashcombe were unable to make any headway against the home team, losing all three rinks with an overall shot difference of 47 to 71.

Ashcombe A 56, Victoria Victoria B 63: A Wilmot, B Benstead, R Powell, G Wilkinson 13-33; W Kolasinski, R Stokes, S Hedges, J Creasey 23-12; D Dooper, A Dawes, T Cottrell, J Whitlow 20-18.

Ashcombe B 60, Portishead 62: G Fews, E Roberts, A Tucker, J Taylor 27-17; R Cox, N Coombes, M Paterson, K Powell 18-24; B Bishop, R Tasker, D Wynne, E Hopkins 15-21.

Ashcombe C 47, Victoria B 71: C Harris, A Harris, J McKenzie, B Miles 15-23; N Walker, P Barnes, C Gerlach, R Smith 10-21; S Buckley, D Bleasdale, S Andrews, M Butt 22-27.

In an away friendly, Ashcombe were against Knowle. Despite some close scoring on three of the rinks, Ashcombe managed to hold on taking all four rinks to win by 18 shots.

Ashcombe 73, Knowle 55: G Tucker, D Underhay, M Parry, S Hedges 18-16; P Barnes, G Mills, M Butt, J Main 17-13; T Romeo, R Cox, D Barnes, R Tasker 24-14; D Cardy, B Miles, R Smith, D Wynne 14-12.

Wedmore Ladies continued their run in the Fear Plate, beating Wessex by 18 shots and by two to one on rinks.

Shirley Wederell’s side won 15 ends to triumph 25-9. Elaine Deverill’s team also won emphatically, leading throughout, scoring a seven on end 19 for 23-13.

Having trailed from the beginning, Marie Trow’s ladies came within three points of the lead at end 18 and it ended 17-20.

Wedmore Ladies 65, Wessex 42: J Collins, T Newell, J Collingwood, S Wederell 25-9; P Jenkins, P Beard, M Hordle, E Deverill 23-13; C Pettit, M Barron, G Harvey, M Trow 17-20.

The ladies won five league matches in a row, three in the Wessex Ladies League and two in the Weston District League. Away to Clevedon Prom, Wedmore won rinks two to one and overall by five shots.

Wedmore Ladies 49, Clevedon Prom 44: J Collins, D Gallop, T Newell, G Harvey 22-16; A Birch, S Tinknell, M Barron, M Hordle 15-10; P Jenkins, M Fisher, P Beard, E Deverill 12-18.

At home to Mark Moor in the Wessex League, Wedmore emphatically won maximum points, winning all three rinks and overall by 44 shots.

Wedmore Ladies 67, Mark Moor 23: J Collins, D Gallop, H Harvey, E Deverill 27-6; P Jenkins C Pettit, P Beard, S Wederell 26-5; B Disbrey, M Barron, T Newell, J Collingwood 14-12.

Wedmore scooped the points pool again away to Winscombe, taking all three rinks and scoring 69-28 overall.

Wedmore Ladies 69, Winscombe 28: FD Rees, D Gallop, M Hordle, M Trow 27-7; M Barron, S Tinknell, T Newell, G Harvey 24-7; A Birch, M Fisher, C Pettit, J Collingwood 18-14.

Two nail-biters in the Weston League finished in Wedmore’s favour. At home to West Backwell it was two to one on rinks and 48-47 overall.

Wedmore Ladies 48, West Backwell 47: J Collins, J Hunt, S Wederrell 21-10; J Wheller, P Beard, E Deverill 17-15; A Birch, T Newell, J Collingwood 10-22.

Playing Clarence at home, Wedmore only won one of three rinks, but squeezed out another one-shot victory.

Wedmore Ladies 38, Clarrence 37: J Collins, M Hordle, M Trow 19-11; FD Rees, J Hunt, S Wederell 9-12; M Fisher, M Barron, Collingwood 10-14.

In County League North 3, the men’s C team beat Nailsea B at home by 17 shots and by two rinks to one.

Wedmore C 66, Nailsea B 49: D Skelton, T Shepherd, M Batchelor, K Burt 28-10; B Back, S Young, I Faulkner, D Stansfield 24-16; S Wilkinson, N Fowler, T Counsell, J White 14-23.

In the Clevedon Triples League, the men won four rinks to two and by 29 shots overall at home to Congresbury.

Wedmore 110, Congresbury 81: A Birch, C Panchaud, E Payne 27-15; V Matthew, D Collins, C Moss 14-10; T Collingwood, R Thurkettle, K Pettit 13-12; D Trow, I Gallop, R Hughes 16-18; J Runciman, D Stansfield, G Annuik 9-19; C Wheller, T Brown, R Barron, 31-7.

The men had another strong win against Portishead RBL and while it was three to one and two ties on rinks, it was 116-91 on overall shots.

Wedmore 116, Portishead RBL 91: D Trow, K Burt, K Pettit 37-10; J Runciman, G Annuik, R Newell 23-17; P Smith, C Panchaud, R Barron 18-17; A Birch, I Gallop, R Hughes 14-14; T Brown, C Wheller, D Nicholls 13-13; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 11-20.

Away to Winscombe, despite winning four of six rinks, the men narrowly lost by just four shots.

Wedmore 103, Winscombe 107: V Matthews, M Green, K Pettit 29-10; T Brown, T Simpson, R Newell 21-13; M Batchelor, S Fisher, R Barron 21-15; P Smith, D Collins, R Hughes 16-13; T Counsell, C Wheller, D Stansfield 8-22; B Dearden, R Thurkettle, K Burt 8-34.

In the Clevedon League at home to Portishead RBL, Wedmore again lost narrowly, this time by two shots, while taking three of six rinks.

Wedmore 99, Portishead RBL 101: V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 22-12; J Runciman, C Panchaud, R Barron 18-11; C Heller, R Thurkettle, K Pettit 21-16; A Birch, T Brown, R Hughes 13-18; T Simpson, G Annuik, R Newell 14-22; B Aston, I Gallop, D Nicholls 11-22.

In yet another narrow defeat, Wedmore lost away to Portishead in the Weston League, by four shots overall with three-all on rinks.

Wedmore 78, Portishead 82: D Trow, M Green, K Pettit 17-13; A Birch, C Wheller, C Panchaud 16-14; T Collingwood, D Collins, R Thurkettle 14-12; V Matthews, J Runciman, D Stansfield 11-14; D Skelton, I Faulkner, R Barron 11-14; P Smith, T Simpson, K Burt 9-15.

In the County League North 3, the C team played away to Bristol C, losing on all three rinks and by 14 shots.

Wedmore C 44, Bristol C 58: N Fowler, S Young, T Counsell, J White 15-18; P Tinknell, T Shepherd, M Batchelor, K Burt 15-18; S Wilkinson, T Collingwood, B Back, D Stansfield 14-22.

The A team played in County Premier League 1 at home to Clevedon, losing on all three rinks and overall by 25 shots.

Wedmore A 45, Clevedon A 70: A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, R Barron 17-18; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 14-25; D Collins, G Annuik, C Moss, D Nicholls 14-27.

Winscombe played two games in the Weston & District Over-60s League last week, the first being away to Clevedon where the hosts were only able to field a team of five rinks.

The failure to provide the full six rinks resulted in Clevedon suffering a 10-shot and two point penalty for the missing rink. Winscombe found Clevedon tough opposition but still managed to win through before any penalties were applied thanks to a fine win by Graham Neville’s rink by 25 shots.

Winscombe 94 (16), Clevedon 78 (4): P John, G Coombe, G Neville 34-9; D Brown, B Paul, M Fletcher 15-12; D Johnson, R Kibble, R Lacy 10-27; G Lloyd, L Collier, W Ainsworth, 13-18; M Newing, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 22-12.

The second game in the Over-60s League was at home against Wedmore. A close match which Winscombe won by the small margin of four shots, even though Winscombe lost on four rinks. Mike Fletcher’s rink won by 26 shots and Rob Lacy’s win by 14 shots made up the deficit to give Winscombe the win and 12 points.

Winscombe 107 (12), Wedmore 103(8): D Brown, B Paul, M Fletcher 34-8; M Newing, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 15-21; J Sprouting, K Whatling, M Adams 13-21; G Lloyd, L Collier, W Ainsworth 13-16; R Lowman, G Coombe, G Neville 10-29; D Johnson, R Kibble, R Lacy 22-8.

In the fairly evenly-matched friendly home game against Bridgwater, Winscombe came out winners by eight shots.

Winscombe 90, Bridgwater 82: P John, R Lowis, B Paul, M Fletcher 23-11; D Brown, K Horler, M Nash, R Lowman 18-22; M Newing, R Knight, P Fredersdorff, R Lacy 19-11; P Hopes, D Peakall, R Reason, M Adams 14-24; D Johnson, R Fisher, W Andrews, M Dorrington 16-14.

The Somerset County League games for the week again provided mixed results for Winscombe with the A team having a good win away to Congresbury B, while the B team lost away to a strong Portishead RBL B team.

Winscombe A 74 (10), Congresbury B 34 (2): R Lowman, P Fredersdorff, M Fletcher, M Dorrington 26-7; D Brown, B Paul, R Lacy, W Ainsworth 17-18; G Lloyd, K Whatling, J Feltham, M Adams 31-9.

Winscombe B 41 (0), Portishead RBL B 110 (10): R Kibble, R Fisher, D Johnson, W Andrews 21-28; P Hopes, D Peakall, M Myland, M Nash 17-38; R Knight, D Phillips,

M Newing, G Neville 3-44.

Winscombe Ladies lost both league matches last week. At Portishead RBL in the North Somerset Triple League, the captain’s rink won and picked up two points, but the other two rinks lost.

At Ashcombe in the Wessex League, they won on two rinks, but lost heavily on the third resulting in losing the game by 13 shots overall.

Winscombe Ladies 46, Portishead RBL 63: C Hopes, S Lowis, M Adams 22-20; M Howell, P Burns, A Ainsworth 10-21; M Sprouting, C Bryant, L Fredersdorff 14-22. Friendly rink: P Pow, T Darkin, L Parfitt 18-21.

Winscombe Ladies 48, Ashcombe 61: T Miles, S Caddy, S Nash, P Burns 8-35; M Sprouting, L Coombe, C Bryant, L Fredersdorff 20-14; C Hopes, P Pow, A Ainsworth, M Adams 20-12.

Wessex Ladies continued their success in the Wessex League by taking 14 of the 20 points available.

In the match versus Clevedon Prom, the rink skipped by A Fewings covered the small deficiencies of the other two.

Wessex Ladies 65 (6), Clevedon Prom 55 (4): J Hartree, J Davis, E Stott, M Hawkins 18-21; B Hayes, J Gardiner, E Deane, E Williams 18-20; S Hewitt, N Peters, V Edwards, A Fewings 29-14.

Wessex Ladies 58 (8), North Petherton 41 (2): J Hartree, N Peters, M Davis, B Jones 25-7; P Turner, E Wade, E Stott, E Williams 9-19; V Edwards, V Gardiner, J Davis, C Peart 24-15.

Ashcombe’s winning run in the Fear Plate Competition came to an end when they lost away to Wedmore.

Two rinks were close hard-fought games, with the shot difference changing on numerous times and ended with a game each. On the remaining rink, Wedmore’s more experienced players won by 25 shots,

Ashcombe Ladies 41, Wedmore 72: P Wynne, R Humphries, J Field, L Paterson 10-35; M Main, J Hughes, M Tucker, J Wilkinson 16-14; J Williams, J Sansam, N Counsell, J McInally 15-23.

Ashcombe Ladies 61 (6), Winscombe 48 (4) (Wessex League): C Smith, J Field, N Counsell, J McInally 35-8; J Williams, A Bass, M Tasker, L Paterson 12-20; M Main, L Shanks, S Hopkins, J Wilkinson 14-20.

Ashcombe Ladies 31, Victoria Park 63 (friendly): C Smith, S Noyes, C Hedges 12-15; L Owens, R Humphries, P Wynne 10-17; J Cornford, J Williams, J Field 9-31.

President Averill Goacher and captain Jane Sansam hosted a fun day, inviting officers from five local clubs, playing and non-playing members, life members and guests, which was enjoyed by everyone, playing and watching.

A cream tea ended the afternoon when both the president and captain thanked everyone for coming, with special thanks to competition secretary Leslie Paterson for organising the game and her helpers.

Victoria Ladies enjoyed a successful week with three resounding wins.

In the Weston & District League, they beat both Congresbury and Burnham, gaining 16 points in total to maintain their position as league leaders.

Margaret Kelly, Sandra Milliner and Annie Holland top scored against Congresbury with a 20-shot win. The match against Burnham was much closer, but the triples skipped by Kay Wilson and Annie Holland carried the ladies to victory.

The success continued in the Mendip League fixture against Wrington where Victoria won all three rinks with an excellent all-round team performance.

The ladies held a fixed jack competition with more than 30 members playing all morning and afternoon and in a very close tussle, Margaret Hillman won the trophy with a narrow margin of victory over the runner-up Hannah Frye.

Victoria Ladies 54 (8), Congresbury 40 (2): B Williams, C Stevens, M Hillman 11-24; H Frye, M Chudley, K Wilson 18-11; M Kelly, S Milliner, A Holland 25-5.

Victoria Ladies 58 (8), Burnham 51 (2): C Willetts, F Waters, S Cooper 23-25; B Williams, S Sokol, K Wilson 20-12; H Frye, C Stevens, M Chudley 15-14.

Victoria Whites 59 (10), Wrington 43 (0): S Crapnell, S Sokol, M Hillman 23-17; N Whyte, C Sage, S Newman 17-11; H Chesters, A Culpeck, C Stevens 19-15.

Despite only winning on one rink, Clarence Ladies took the win and six points in this North Somerset Triples League match.

The saving rink came from Pam Fowler and Christine Hooper and skipped superbly by Ronnie Jones, who were neck-and-neck up to the sixth end. Clarence scored five shots on the next two ends, putting them seven up.

Clevedon grabbed back four on the next two ends, cutting Ronnie’s lead to three, before Clarence took all five of the remaining ends and a 13-shot victory.

Clarence Ladies 52, Clevedon 42: P Fowler, C Hooper, R Jones 22-9; P Rolls, C Marshall, P Burrough 15-17; S Searle, S Pritchard, J Mannion 15-16.

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