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PUBLISHED: 12:19 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

P6849-32-08TI Madeira Bowls Jubilee Cup (men v women). Janet Allen.
photo Terry Ife

P6849-32-08TI Madeira Bowls Jubilee Cup (men v women). Janet Allen. photo Terry Ife

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INCLEMENT weather again played its part in the Madeira matches this week when it was decided, with the threat of very bad weather, the game against Cefyn Islywh (Wales) should be played over 18 ends. As it turned out at that time, the game was very finel

INCLEMENT weather again played its part in the Madeira matches this week when it was decided, with the threat of very bad weather, the game against Cefyn Islywh (Wales) should be played over 18 ends. As it turned out at that time, the game was very finely poised with the home side holding the advantage by just one shot with Madeira winning on seven of the twelve rinks, the best of which was Tony Howle, Norman Wearne, Ve Bevan and skip Annette Flockhart, who were winning by 10 shots. The game had been very close all of the way. At five ends the home side held a 5 shot lead and by 10 ends this had been increased to ten. The visitors came back and at 15 ends the difference was 3 shots in Madeira's favour so they were able to record a win by 185 to 184.On Sunday the visitors were Fry's of Bristol who brought a mixed team of 10 rinks and found Madeira in fine form. After five ends the home side had a 38 shot lead and were never in the mood to let the advantage go. By the midway mark they had increased this to 44 and went on to win the game by 49 shots with a score of 184-135.The best Madeira rink was Tony Smith, Glyn Roberts, Barbara Williams and skip John Bellamy. They won by 22 shots.The game on Tuesday was against Cheltenham Spa. This was the first of a double fixture for the Friendship Trophy, the second leg of which will be played in September at Cheltenham. Madeira will carry an advantage of 11 shots as they won on Tuesday by 187-176. This was always going to be a keen game and the score at each point showed this to be correct. At 5 ends the difference was 3 shots in Madeira's favour but by 10 the visitors had turned it around and held a 15 shot lead. By 15 Madeira had only managed to reduce the lead by some four shots but then came the crunch. Over the last half dozen ends Madeira scored 59 shots whilst the visitors could only accumulate 39 and so ran out the winners by 187-176.The best Madeira rink was Jan Roberts, Tim Bevan, Jean Rainton and skip George Perrin. They won by 19 shots.The last game this week was against Budleigh Salterton who brought a men's team of six triples and Madeira managed to win on four. Always a local derby, the scores were never far apart. At 5 ends Madeira held the lead by just three shots but increased this to 13 by the halfway point. Madeira then started to put on the pressure and opened up a gap of 28 shots and held on to this to claim victory at 133-103 (30+).ATROCIOUS weather conditions spoilt the semi-finals of the Devon Interclub competition last Saturday.Playing against Culm Vale, Madeira ladies coped well with the driving wind and rain and the rink skipped by Liz Smerdon with Eileen Bagley, Pat Harris & Jan Roberts scored 22 shots without reply in the first 10 ends. The other rink skipped by Liz Healy with Annette Flockhart, Ann Bellamy & Angela Denner, were also managing the conditions and leading 12-3 at 10 ends. At this point, with the rain showing no sign of easing, Culm Vale decided to throw in their very soggy towels and concede the match.Meanwhile the other semi-final was following a similar pattern with Plymstock coping better than Newton Abbott. They persevered for 15 ends before Newton Abbott also conceded. Despite the weather the final went ahead in the afternoon and this time the games were completed. All the players involved should be congratulated for their perseverance in such awful conditions.Liz Smerdon's rink won 19-16 but Liz Healy's lost 18-26, making Plymstock this year's champions by seven shots.In club semi-finals, Carrie Hadfield beat Kate Andrews in the Blackmore Cup, Norma Cureton in the Madeira Cup and Sandie Cox in the Handicap. In the Blackmore final she will play Carol Worth who beat Jean Rainton in the other semi-final while Sue Harriott beat Catherine King to become her opponent in the Handicap final.THERE was an enjoyable mixed friendly against the Resolfen Barbarians which ended in a win for the tourists, 129-118, with two rink wins each and two drawn.Bob Rivers skipped Pat Pearson, Ken Freeman and Leslie Allsup to a 21-16 win, with nothing like the drama which unfolded on Rod Davidson's rink. Rod, with Teresa Rivers, Bernard Harrod and Bunty Hudson, trailing 3-14 after eight ends, then took total control, conceeding only a single shot over the remaining 13 ends to finish 24-15. A six rink triples friendly at Madeira ended in a 132-103 shot victory for the hosts.Budleigh won on two rinks, - Tony Dealler, George Woolacott and Gerry Roberts by 19-18 and John Dill with Don Huish and Peter Brown by 24-16. Skips Tony Stone and Ron Tyler went close, losing by a modest single and three shots. In the Over 60s' Triples league, Budleigh C were hosts to Seaton. John Vanstone, Bernard Brace and skip Brian Evans won 19-18 but the visitors took the points with an aggregate of plus 19.THE result of the Top Club match at Madeira could not have been closer or indeed any more exciting. Thanks to John Dance's superb 21-13 victory, the singles games ended with one win each. Honours were further shared when Budleigh won the triples but lost the rink. This left the overall resultto be decided on the outcome of the pairs match involving Allan Cottle and Harry Vanstone for Budleigh and Terry Reardon and Bill Davis for Madeira. A mighty struggle ensued with the lead changing hands on four occasions. After 21 ends the two sides remained inseperable, holding 23 shots apeice. The result of the tie-breaker balanced the number of winning ends but it was Madeira who scored the single shot needed for victory.FOLLOWING the enjoyable and successful Tournament Week, the club's Over 50 team played three League matches.Crediton A visited first with their usual strong team and, unfortunately, Budleigh claimed only 2 points from the match. Elizabeth Cole, Pat Pearson and Joan Shaw (skip) won 20-16 but the four shots did not cover the loss of Marilyn Jackson, Maggie Dance and Celia Mangeng (skip) by 6 shots at 12-18.The next game was against Shaldon and this proved a better day for Budleigh. Pearson, Diane Stone and Ann Cottle (skip) led from the start, at one point scoring 15 shots in 4 ends, with the game being won 28-4. On the other rink Joan Shaw skipped Dance and Jane Hincks to build up a 26-6 win, which included 8 shots on one end. Great bowling from both rinks and a full 6 points for Budleigh.The third game was away at Belmont and there was only one winner - the weather. Belmont's green was under water and they phoned to postpone the match.Club competitions continue and, in the Championship semi-finals, Shaw will play Margaret Ratcliffe and Dance still waits to see who her opponent will be.In the Handicap Singles semi-final Ann Cottle plays against Dance and Mangeng waits to see who will challenge her.The 2 wood semi-final will be played by Mangeng against Diane Dixon and Dance versus Jean Coates.The ladies' pairs semi-final sees Ratcliffe and Dance against Mangeng and Pat Bowen and Stone and Jean Watts will play Elizabeth Cole and Coates.

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