Madeira captain left to lament the form of his bowlers!

PUBLISHED: 22:54 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 24 July 2013

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The Madeira captain was not happy with the start of the week in a friendly away at Heavitree where five rinks out of six were lost, writes Matt Marriott.

The final result was a resounding 46-74 defeat at the hands of the hosts!

The Madeira winning rink was that of Chris Fox, John Hopkins and Richard Prince but I was not told the rink score.

The rot seemed to have set in for the rest of the week after that, perhaps it was the hot weather!

Gloucester Bowling Association tourists poured it on again on Thursday with six rinks of men and six of ladies visiting and once again Madeira found themselves on the wrong end the scoreboard.

Having reduced the played ends to 18 the final outcome was a win for the tourists. I don’t know why, but no one has given me any results, they must have been bad, however, some you win, some you lose!

We did try awfully hard on our trip to Honiton, but sorry captain, three of the four rinks were lost with only Chris Fox and his team of Brenda Marks, Bernie Andrews and Fay Hughes managing a last minute draw at 16-16.

The game was also reduced to 18 ends due to the high temperature so the final outcome was 55 Madeira to Honiton’s 69.

I feel sure that with the other three ends played we could have won - possibly!

There were only two cards submitted for the Over -60s this week.

On showed Madeira B taking all eight points from Topsham B whilst the other had Madeira E equally successful, taking all eight points from Madeira D. The charts seem to be staying around the same level with week 11 charts still to be published.

Now that the Tournament is over all the internal competitions have got under way again so results will be kept up to date on the notice board.

You could say there was a ‘home’ win this week as captain David Macaulay’s team took on vice captain Richard Prince’s team and, as the vice captain was nominated the home team the result went that way with a score of 73-59.

At risk of non-selection I shouldn’t say whose was the lowest losing rink so to keep on the good side of the captain I daren’t say it was his team.

The highest scoring rink was led by Mike Marks with John Spearing, Colin Hughes and Richard Prince at plus 15.

Never mind, things can only get better as we start another week.

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