Close encounters across the board for Madeira

PUBLISHED: 09:12 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:45 10 June 2010

IT WAS another busy week of bowls at Madeira last week with action on most days, writes Ron Stares.

IT WAS another busy week of bowls at Madeira last week with action on most days, writes Ron Stares.

The Ladies started things off with a three rink match against visitors from Torbay.

The game was a see-saw affair with the hosts racing into a five shot lead after five ends.

However, over the next five ends, the visiting side turned the deficit around and led at the half way mark by a dozen shots. Once again the lead changed hands as Madeira went into the closing four ends holding a five shot lead. Three shots were clawed back by Torbay but the hosts held on to win 60-58.

The best performing Madeira rink was that skipped by Marjorie Glanville and including Norma Cureton, Marie Killoran and Jenny Smith, who won their match by 26 shots.

Chudleigh were another visiting side and once again it proved to be a close encounter. At the half-way stage the home side held a seven shot lead, one they extended to eleven shots with five ends to play. The visitors made a strong finish and managed to claw back some of the deficit before losing 56-51. Two of the Madeira rinks recorded the exact same score of 19-16 and both won the same number of ends!

The visit of Exonia also produced a close contest, indeed this one ended with just four shots between the sides. The visitors raced out of the blocks and had a 17 shot lead after just five ends. They held that sizeable advantage until the half way mark, after which the Madeira comeback was launched. Shots continued to be claimed in favour of the home side but, at the conclusion of a fascinating match, Exonia were 59-55 winners.

The best Madeira rink was that of Frank Allen, Rosemary Reddaway, Mick Powell and skip Sandie Cox, who won their game by four shots.

There was an away match last week with a Thursday visit to Honiton for a four rink meeting. In another close encounter the result was in the balance until the last few ends. The hosts took an early lead and, at the half way stage, were five shots up. With three ends remaining Honiton held a three shot lead but then they produced a powerful finish before emerging 77-60 winners.

The best performing Madeira rink was that of Janet Worsfold, Joe Bate, Jean Healey and skip Bob Finch, who drew their match 19-19.

The closest of all last week's games came in the weekend meeting with visitors from Axminster which ended 47-47.

As the final score suggests, this was a game in which neither side could get away from the other. All agreed at the end that it was a fair result!

The best performing Madeira rink was that of Tony Wiseman, May Dyson, Sheilagh Cond and George Perrin.

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