Madeira bowlers beat the monsoon weather!

PUBLISHED: 08:34 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:34 31 July 2015

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The past week has featured those friendly matches which survived the monsoon, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

At Lyme Regis, Madeira fielded five rinks, but went down 82-104 to the hosts. The best Madeira

could claim was a rink skipped by Sandie Cox with Mike Ball, Jenny Charles and John Bellamy that won 24-14.

Madeira ladies next edged a close contest at Sidmouth, winning 73-71, thanks in part to their top rink skipped by Jean Rainton, with Margaret Black and Lyn Halpin.

Meanwhile, Madeira men revelled in home comforts against the Sidmouth men, topping the visitors by a comfortable 130-95.

Skip Bob Finch with Colin Shaw and Bob Burch led the Madeira charge. Finally, Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club bullied Madeira into second place, winning by 114-100 despite stern resistance from a rink skipped by Sandie Cox with Colin Shaw, David Charles and Vic Doidge.

Seven neighbouring clubs were invited to compete against seven Madeira rinks in the ladies’

Annual Pomeroy Trophy invitational.

The home rinks were unable to prevail and when the dust had settled, a team from Honiton skipped by Rita Barwick was found to have won overall with a plus score of 12.

‘But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?’

Seemingly heedless of longer daylight hours,

a small select group of indoor bowlers, sheltered from the summer, play on regardless. No rain or

wind disturbs their carpeted tranquility. Semi- finals of the indoor Frank Walker Trophy saw Keith Murrin defeat Harold Winter 10-2 and Roy Lemin overcome Alan Child 8-6.

We await the final with baited breath. Finally, Madeira ladies swept past Plympton Bowling Club in the Grace Mathews Top Club to reach the semi- finals which will be played at Madeira on September 12. Put the date in your diary and come out to support our ladies if you are able.


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