The Madeira 2012 season drew to a close last Saturday on a beautifully sunny afternoon, writes Jenny Smith.

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The season had started in the same way and who could have imagined the trials that the weather would throw at bowlers in between!

On the last day eight rinks of bowlers played for the Beckhart Cup which was won this year by Michael Marks and his team of Penny Preece, Dorothy Mott and Jim Gosling with plus 20 shots.

The vice captain David Macaulay presented the trophy and, with the ladies vice captain Brenda Marks, thanked all members for their support through a weather-wise difficult but enjoyable season.

When captains Matt Marriott and Dee Williams drew the season to a close, there was an air of sadness, but they again thanked members for their support, said they had both enjoyed their year and they were proud to announce that the captains’ charity had this year raised the magnificent sum of £942.41 for Hospice care.

The final week was quite busy in terms of friendly fixtures. The Gloucester County President brought six rinks of men and four of ladies in a coach which broke down on the way.

Due to their late arrival, the game was reduced to 18 ends, but that was all Gloucester needed to achieve a decisive win against Madeira men of 122 shots to 75.

The only winning rink for Madeira was that skipped by Mike Gorman with Bill Barber, Gordon Medlock and John Killoran.

There was a mixed friendly of six triples against Tiverton Borough. Madeira came out on top this time winning three of the six games and overall by 120 shots to 110.

Vice captain David Macaulay’s team with Pat Harris and David Bagnall helped considerably towards this win with a plus 17 shot difference.

Brynmawr brought a touring team of six rinks from Wales and, in what turned out to be a very close game on all rinks, drew with Madeira 118 all.

Madeira won by plus four on each of the two rinks skipped by vice captains Brenda Marks and David Macaulay and drew on one.

Devon County Patrons came with 12 rinks to play Madeira Men.

Despite only winning four rinks and drawing on a fifth, the home team did well to win overall 222-189. The plus 30 score achieved by the team skipped by Colin Healy, Jim Gosling, Tim Bevan and Greg Fish, went a long way to securing this result.

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