Madeira men march on in the Foxlands

11:14 10 July 2014

Madeira Men

Madeira Men's Vice Captain Charles Darke is pictured bowling in the club Captain v Vice Captain game on Saturday . Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 8495-28-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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The highlight of another busy week was the Section Final of the men’s Foxlands competition which saw Madeira success over Seaton, writes Matt Marriott.

The away team of Mick Powell, Cliff Skinner, Mike Gorman and Craig Ralph drew at 17-17 while the home team of Jim Wherlock, Martyn Eveleigh, Terry Reardon and Bill Davis scraped in a win at 19-18.

The scores certainly reflected the standard of play at this stage in the competition.

Madeira now head for a quarter final against the Section Four winners in early August.

In the men’s Morning triples the lead is now shared at 18 points each by teams three and four. So, with seven games remaining it looks like it may be a two horse race for the top honour.

I notice now that the Over 60’s results are being shown in this paper, so not to take up space I refer you to them.

Men’s captain Richard Prince decided, in his wisdom, to take on his vice captain Charles Darke for a freindly match.

Having selected their teams the match started well for the captain up to tea, but we have yet to find out who bribed the tea ladies to ‘knobble’ the captains teams tea as, after the break the vice capt’s team went on to win by 12 shots overall.

For all that it was a good game with plenty of friendly banter with Cliff Skinner, Dave Clarbull and Geoff Furminger claiming highest rink victory at 23-15.

In the mixed matches six teams of our friends from Bridport paid a visit, but I have no cards for the result. However, I understand Madeira won the day. Five Mixed Madeira teams took a ride around the estuary to take on Starcross which I am sad to say resulted in a 99-81 win for Starcross. Our teams must have been suffering car lag!

The only winning Madeira rink was led by John Bellamy with Lin Halpin, Sandy Worcester, and Mike Crelley with a score of 21-17.

The English Bowls Umpires Association once again to took us on, but this time the result went Madeira’s way at 102-98.

The top home rink was skipped by Paul Wratton with Sue Lampey, Anne Doidge and Derek Dommett and they won 26-16.

The last game was against visitors from Cardiff on their annual tour and even though Madeira won the day maintained good spirit (mainly from the bar), the overall score was 175-136 in Madeira’s favour at plus 39.

The top rink was skipped by Jenny Smith with Martyn Eveleigh, Pam Langdon and Matt Marriott with plus 19 at 25-6 shots.

Finally a reminder, that the Madeira Tournament starts this Sunday (July 13) and runs until the following Saturday (July 19).

There are still some vacancies available if you wish to enter by contacting Derek Dommett on 01395 278659.

Otherwise you are welcome to come as a spectator. You might even like to take up the sport.

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