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Woodspring Bowls Club. - Credit: Archant

Woodspring Indoor Bowls Club embarked on the battle of the sexes, better known as the Brenda Dunston Trophy.

WOODSPRING Indoor Bowls Club embarked on the battle of the sexes, better known as the Brenda Dunston Trophy, a rose bowl donated by president Ray Dunston in memory of his wife.

The games were played between 10am-4pm, consisting of three two-hour sessions using both rinks. It was a hard fought battle played in friendly rivalry with an undertone of competitiveness.

Overall the men were victorious winning on all rinks, the ladies will come back with a vengeance next year,

Woodspring president Ray Dunston presents the trophy to men’s captain A Williams.


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ISLE of Wedmore men did well in a county league match at home to Victoria of Weston.

Wedmore won on both rinks with E Payne leading his team to an emphatic victory 31 shots to 10 and in a tighter game where the lead changed hands, C Moss and his side won 23-18, giving a strong overall win of 54-28.

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Rink scores: D Collins, T Brown, K Philimore, E Payne 31-10; J Arthurs, D Stansfield, R Barron, C Moss 23-18.

The club had mixed fortunes in a friendly at home to Bridgwater Durleigh, when each side won a rink. After a slow start, M Hordle’s team took the lead and stayed there, holding off a late surge from Durleigh to win 24-17.

On the other rink, R Corbett’s side had a slender lead early on, but went down 13-31. A total score of 37-48 gave Durleigh the overall victory.

ST ANDREWS have another pair going to the national finals at Nottingham in April.

Andrew Owens and Barrie Forse played a pair from Street in the area final at North Petherton. In a close contest, they picked up a five and two fours to stretch their lead and the game was conceded at 18 ends with a 27-12 result.

The Weston Mixed League game against Clarence finished with Saints only winning on one rink and drawing on one other which resulted in an overall loss of 15 shots, Ernie Hooper and George Cooper’s rinks claiming three points.

In the County League against North Petherton, Saints went down on three rinks, only Richard Davey’s rink coming away with two points

The final Wessex League game of the season was against a strong Clarrie Dunbar side and it showed in the result. Both away rinks struggled, while at home, Barrie Forses’ rink went down heavily, but Danny Favis’s rink fought back to salvage a point.

St Andrews 49, Clarence 64 (Weston Mixed League): J Forse, I Tofte, G Tofte, R Gill 10-20; G Coffin, D Sinclair, B Goddard, G Cooper 12-12; A Cooper, D Cooper, J Matthews, B Alden 13-23; R Smith, J. Smith, E Blight, E Hooper 14-9.

St Andrews 50, North Petherton 98 (County League): T Hyde, G Coffin, M Berry, R Davey 19-15; M Dorrington, G Cooper, G Burgess, G Wride 13-20; J Steer, A Yeeles, A McMillan, W Ainsworth 11-25; R Smith, D Price, T Day, R Roberts 7-38.

St Andrews 52, Clarrie Dunbar 94 (Wessex League): K Uglow, P Aldus, R Venn, B Forse 8-27; R Smith, G Millard, B Roberts, D Favis 18-18; T Hyde, G Cooper, B Reeves, D Bailey 14-24; M Campbell, G Tofte, R Davey, A Steer 12-25.

ROGER Burrough reached two indoor championship finals at Clarence last week.

First, he and his wife Pauline beat Barrie Underwood and Barbara Jones 15-6 in the semi-final of the mixed pairs.

Then, Burrough made a remarkable comeback from 20-13 down against Jim Keay to win their singles semi-final 23-20. The opponents in both his finals have yet to be decided.

Clarence played their second men v ladies grudge match of the season. After an enjoyable day, the result was the second victory of the season for the men, who won four of the six games, with one drawn.

After the team skipped by Alan Bishop had won the first game, Veronica Jones’s ladies played well to make it 1-1. After that, it was all victories for the men, apart from the 5-5 by Jan Bishop’s team against Jim Keay’s.

Highlight of the day for many was the wonderful lunch, prepared by Rob Stacey and his team of ladies.

Full results (ladies’ teams first): Lucy Oldham, Rita Hinde, Pauline Dunn 4, Tony Hooper, Rob Stacey, Alan Bishop 7; Sue Bishop, Marlene Woods, Veronica Jones 8, David Gilbert, Adrian Taylor, Chris Read 5; Lesley Phipps, Carol Marshall, Pauline Burrough 2, Ivan Phipps, Ken Marshall, Roger Burrough 11; Elaine Stott, Marlene Woods, Pat Taylor 4, Nigel Martin, Rod Dodson, David Stott 11; Janet Anning, Pam Fowler, Jan Bishop 5, John Larvin, Tony Comfort, Jim Keay 5; Miriam Moore, Veronica Jones, Joan Davis 4, Brian Difford, Alan Bishop, Roger Burrough 10.

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