Madeira bowler Angie Fish marches on in Over-55 singles after section final success

PUBLISHED: 16:23 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 20 August 2018

the Exonia team that were Coronation Cup winners at Madeira. Picture CONTRIBUTED

the Exonia team that were Coronation Cup winners at Madeira. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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A week that was relatively quiet did see a run of friendly matches and there was another excellent win for Angie Fish, who won her section final of the Over 55 singles, writes Jenny Smith.

The highlight of the week for the men was the Invitation match for the Coronation Cup which dates from 1937. Madeira played host to teams from Exonia, Topsham, Phear Park, Budleigh Salterton and Crediton. The team from Exonia, skipped by J harry won with a score of plus 11, closely followed by the team skipped by Men’s Captain Dave Moody with plus eight.

Tiverton West End brought six mixed rinks to Madeira for a game described by vice-captain Danny Doran as being: “Full of laughs and bonhomie.”

The home team won four rinks and drew another to win the match 134-113.

The games were mostly closely fought, but the best shot difference of the day was achieved by president Jacky Howle, who skipped Chris Fox, Peter Wood and Carol Hyett for a plus 18 win.

The men’s captain, Dave Moody, and vice-captain Danny Doran had a head-to-head over four triples on Monday, which ended with the vice-captain enjoying a narrow three-shot success, aided by a lucky result sheet on the last end!

Chris Reed, playing for the vice-captain, led his team of Tony Howle and Brian Poulter to the best win of the day, plus 14 shots.

Cheltenham Spa came for their annual visit in a fixture which has been played for at least 16 years. It was a marvellous sight to see 12 rinks playing in lovely weather – even the coach driver joined in!

It all ended well for the home side, who won 10 of the 12 rinks to secure a 304-185 shot victory.

Four Madeira rinks posted great scores, but skip Liz Healy with Ian Healey [STEVE which sp of Heal(e)y is correct?], Charlie Darke and Susie Roughton took top rink honours, winning by 28 shots.

With such a score Madeira have high hopes of regaining the trophy when teams travel to Cheltenham in September for the return match.

Madeira welcomed six mixed triples teams from Bitton Park, and again the home team did well winning four games and overall by 101 to 83. President Jacky Howle again skipped her team, of Keith Prew and Ann Doidge, to the home team’s best shot difference of the day of plus 10.

To finish the week, four Madeira rinks travelled to Dawlish Marina where the match was drawn 65-all.

Dawlish took ‘top rink’ honours with a score of plus 17, but Madeira’s top rink of Andy Lock, Chris Smith, Mary Solway and skip Angie Fish were close behind, winning by 15 shots.

It was good to see some of Madeira’s newer bowlers experiencing a different green and enjoying the camaraderie of playing away from home.

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