Madeira bowlers progress in the National Mason Trophy

Madeira bowler Sue Harriott in action.

Madeira bowler Sue Harriott in action. - Credit: Archant

The highlight of the week at Madeira Bowls Club was the success of Madeira A in the National Mason Trophy.  

Madeira have been up against Kingsley, Westward Ho! more than once in the early rounds of County and National Competitions this year and the teams are so closely matched. This week proved no exception.  

The Mason Trophy is played over two rinks, one home and one away, and in this instance, both teams won their home games by seven shots.  

As Madeira A were the challengers, the extra end was played at home and Sue Harriott and her team of Dee Williams, Heather Salter and Dee Norman were more than pleased to win this by two shots for an overall win of 34 shots to 32. Good luck to them in the next round against Sidmouth on the 10th December. 

All friendly fixtures have been triples. Chudleigh came to Exmouth with three mixed teams, a game which the home team won on all three rinks and overall by 74 shots to 42. Jenny Charles and her team of Chris Reed and G McCarthy achieved the highest shot difference of the day with an impressive plus 18. 

Three ladies teams travelled to Dawlish for another enjoyable but very close encounter. Despite winning only one game, Madeira were fortunate to win overall by 50 shots to 47, helped out by a great effort put in by Lin Halpin playing with Sue Lampey and Jude Latta, who made the difference with plus 12. 

Three mixed teams came to Madeira from Exonia. It was another fixture which the home team won overall by a close 44 to 39, but had just one winning team to Exonia’s two. Ron Cook playing with Carolyn Parker and Chris Macaulay made the difference with their win of plus 8. 

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The week finished with an enjoyable in-house men versus ladies game, with Vice Captain Mike Norman in charge. His team were successful on all rinks and achieved an impressive 62 shots to 32 win, helped again by a strong plus 17 outcome for Ron Cook and his team.