Madeira too strong for visitors Windsor of Penarth

The Westlecote bowlers who visited Madeira in early May The Westlecote bowlers who visited Madeira in early May

Thursday, May 15, 2014
8:53 AM

The past week was most certainly a busy one for all concerned on and off the rinks at Madeira with five matches played, writes Matt Marriott.

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The first was the annual men’s versus ladies’ fixture which was reported on last week when I was away.

I can add no further comment other than hard luck ladies! As I’ve said before, never mind, one day - one day!

This encounter was followed by a trip to Heavitree for another annual contest.

Madeira were winners on two rinks, losers on another with the other ending all square.

Overall Madeira were 62-50 victors with the highest scoring rink being that of Robert Berry, Mike Boman and George Perrin won by 12 shots.

The visitors from Westlecot, who always provide strong opposition, called again with eight rinks and caught Madeira napping, winning by 24 shots at 136-160.

I only have seven cards to hand which shows the rink of Frank Allen, Pat Wilkins, Ray Moore skipped by Eileen Bagley winning by seven shots at 23-26.

A change for the better when new visitors to the club, St Andrews of Weston-super-Mare took us on, but were soundly beaten by 37 shots at 128-91. Bob Finch led his team of Debbie Fox, Tony Howle and Millie Powell to a good win by 18 shots at 29-11and a good day was had by all.

All that left Bitton Park to bring us down to earth again, beating us by 29 shots with the final score being 107-78.

The defeat was despite the efforts of Sandy Cox ,Colin Hughes and Christine Macaulay who were 21-6 winners.

Strange how they seem to win at Madeira and we seem to win at Bitton Park, but that’s bowls for you!

Friday saw six rinks of Welshmen from Windsor BC, Penarth take us on, but Madeira men proved too strong for them winning by 46 shots at 129-83.

Vice captain Charles Darke skipped his team of Chris Fox, Derek Dommett and David Morrish to the highest score, 24-9.

The Annual Grove Trophy was played out on Sunday with the team of Norma Cureton, Dennis Fears and Geoff Furminger taking away the prize with a score of plus 18.

However, they were outshone by Janet Allen, Mike Baldwin and Mike Marks picking up a hotshot (eight shots on one end).

As I have been bribed with the promise of a pint, I won’t reveal who the bottom team were at minus 35. So David, Peter, Pam and Penny, your secret is safe with me!

I only have the Madeira B card in the Over-60s League. They did exceptionally to claimed all eight points from their meeting with Pinces D and that represents a great start to the new term.

Saturday saw the start of the Ashby Crane Open with round one getting under way, fuller results will be reported during the season as players fall by the wayside.

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