Grove Trophy match washed away

PUBLISHED: 17:23 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

MADEIRA BOWLS: BAD WEATHER hit the bowling schedule at Madeira last week with the cancellation of both the Grove Trophy mixed drive and a visit from touring side Gelligaer.

MADEIRA BOWLS: BAD WEATHER hit the bowling schedule at Madeira last week with the cancellation of both the Grove Trophy mixed drive and a visit from touring side Gelligaer.

The ladies also suffered with the weather with the postponement of their county triples play offs but action was possible in matches against three other touring sides.

Suttons of Reading arrived with eight mixed rinks and, after the last end, whilst the rinks score was 4-4, the hosts claimed the honours by 37 shots.

Madeira held a five shots lead after five ends, and the match remained close to the 13th end but then the hosts took charge to win the contest.

All four of the Madeira winning rinks had high scores, the best of which was skipped by Jean Healey who was supported by Peter Harvey, Frank Allen and Keith Smith.

The City and County of Bristol men's team arrived with six rinks and what followed was a classic contest of two halves. At the tea interval the home side led in all six rinks and by a total of 29 shots but, in the second session, the visitors took control and after 15 ends led the match by two shots. They retained the lead through to the close and won the match by ten shots.

The rain that had threatened to spoil the play fortunately arrived as the last players made it to the Pavilion. The home side shared one rink and they were victorious on another with the rink of Alan Turnbull, Vic Dousge, Ian Healey and skip Bob Burch winning by 8 shots.

The final match of the week was against Pinehold of Gloucester in a contest that comprised fours and triples. A dozen rinks were used and it produced another close encounter with the hosts leading by five shots after as many ends, but by ten ends it was the visitors who led, all be it by just three shots.

Pinheold managed to hold onto their advantage and ended up 211-204 winners.

The best performing Madeira winning rink was that of Mavis Mears, Sheelagh Payne, John Bellamy and skip George Perrin, who won their particular match by ten shots.

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