Madeira bowl way into 2018 Lace Makers final

PUBLISHED: 17:23 07 March 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 6936-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 6936-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Over the weekend, Madeira bowlers were very busy with competition fixtures, writes Jenny Charles.

Friday and Saturday saw the first semi-final of the Devon county triples played at South Hams and a very close game was played by Jan Roberts, Janine Orchard and Catherine King who, after a thrilling match, were edged out by a margin of just a single shot by a trio from Plymouth.

The next morning Janine Orchard and Joy Penberthy made their way to South Hams again, this time to play in the County Pairs.

They had an excellent game, winning by 10 shots, so they now proceed to the final game on Saturday, April 7.

There was also Madeira representation in the fours, with Sue Harriott and her team of Chris Macaulay, Nikki Fiddimore and Janine Orchard securing their place in April’s final.

The following day (it can be a tough life being a bowler!), Madeira travelled to Honiton to play in the Lace Makers competition.

Their opponents, for a semi-final tie, were Exeter-based outfit Isca and it certainly turned out to be a superb day for Madeira.

The first discipline was a two wood singles match that Madeira lost. They also went down in the four wood singles – after a valiant effort, going down by a margin of just two shots.

That all meant that Madeira had to win the remaining three games. Next up was the rink of four players and the Madeira quartet were in fine form as they eased to a 31-11 success – no pressure on the other disciplines then!

The triples were next and again the Madeira three delivered the goods, winning 20-13 to leave the match all square at two disciplines each!

That left all to play for in the pairs and this final discipline proved to be as close as any of the matches! Spectators held their breath as the action reached the final end with the scores level, but Sue Harriott calmly bowled the last wood to win the game by the narrowest of margins, 24 shots to 23.

Madeira now go to Honiton on May 25 when they will face Plymouth in the final. This is the first time Madeira have reached this particular final so we will all be watching and cheering them on.

We haven’t had any friendly matches this week due to the snowy weather, but no doubt the keen bowlers will be making their way around East Devon playing teams that offer hospitality and friendly games.

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