Madeira bowlers making national county competition progress

PUBLISHED: 10:14 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:14 09 July 2015




Madeira’s star bowlers have seen non stop action lately in both national and county competitions, writes Mary Anne Dowrick.

In the National Over-60s Double Rink competition, a squad comprised of Lyn Eveleigh, Jenny Smith, Mick Powell and Cliff Skinner teamed up with Christine Macaulay, Mike Gorman, Sue Harriott and Bill Davis, to take a notable scalp, defeating Plymouth Sir Francis Drake Bowls Club

44-23 and progress to the next round.

Next, the trio of Sue Harriott, Liz Smerdon and Christine Macaulay, who have reached the semi-finals of the Devon County Ladies Triples. As we go to press they are playing at Newton Abbot where a

victory will see them qualify for finals at Leamington later in the Summer.

Then, as the rinks turned ‘mud-luscious and puddle wonderful’ last Thursday morning, Mick Powell and Janine Orchard splashed their way to victory over Jenny Charles and Bill Davis in an all Madeira face off, to

take their place in the Devon County Mixed Pairs group final.

Madeira ladies also featured strongly in the Devon Johns Trophy squad. Angie Fish, Liz Healy, Jacky Howle, Janine Orchard, Jan Roberts and Liz Smerdon all shared in a convincing 19-3 win over Dorset and now progress to the quarter-finals where the cream of Somerset bowlers

await them. Make us proud girls!

In Exeter District League action against Crediton, rink honours were shared with one win apiece.

However, there was a stellar 20-7 victory by skip Sue Harriott with Christine Macaulay, Jan Roberts and Lyn Eveleigh was sufficient to give Madeira the overall victory and a much needed four points.

In the Ladies Over-50s league it has not been all plain sailing and Madeira has developed a worrying habit of winning on one rink while losing on the other!

This has proved to be the case in matches against Heavitree, Ottery St. Mary and Sidmouth while against Starcross, one rink was drawn and the other lost. The next game is on Friday (July 10) at home against Belmont. Fingers crossed for a clear win on both rinks.

In friendly competition Madeira edged a tense encounter at Heavitree winning 89-87 thanks largely to a fine effort from Tim ‘wicker man’ Bevan, with Colin Hughes and Alan Halpin, who swept to a 25-10 win on their rink.

Visitors, West End Bowls Club were then dispatched as Madeira won 120-92 overall. Top rink for Madeira was skipped by Ann Bellamy with Alan Halpin and Derek Blatchford (32-8).

Finally, in a match for domestic bragging rights, a men’s captain’s selection beat a vice-captain’s team despite a rather modest effort on the captain’s own rink which went down 30-3 to some fine bowling from skip Ian Thompson with Keith Prew and Dennis Fears. Methinks captain Charlie owes a drink to David Bagnall with Gordon Medlock and Allen Porter who saved his blushes with a 22-8 win!

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