Madeira claim County Trophy win over Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 June 2010

Exmouth's Madeira Bowling club has had a very busy past week, writes Ron Stares.

Exmouth's Madeira Bowling club hass had a very busy past week, writes Ron Stares.There were two inter-club competitions, one a winner and the other was not. First of all, the County Trophy game against Sidmouth with Madeira gaining maximum points by winning on all four rinks (two home and two away).The two away rinks, skipped by Craig Ralph and Josh Hadfield, won by 51-24 (27+) and the two home rinks, skipped by Bill Davis and John Smerdon, won by 48-21 (27+) for a total win of 99-45 (54+).The other competition was the National Top Club, where Madeira were against Culm Vale and were hoping to get their own back for the recent defeat in the National Two Fours competition where they lost to Culm Vale by just one shot, but it was not to be, Josh Hadfield won his two wood singles game on an extra end but Craig Ralph lost his four wood singles 21-15. The Triples of Ken Roberts, Cliff Skinner and Bill Davies lost by just one shot. The Pair of Terry Reardon and Bob Burch lost 28-11. That left us with both teams having won two games and the fours game of Derek Dommett, Mick Powell, Francis Newton and John Smerdon still in play with Madeira leading by 18-10, but, over the last three ends, they proceeded to drop 9 shots and so, once again, lost by one shot.The first club game this week was against a touring side from Braeside, who showed right from the start that they were going to give Madeira a tough game and by the 5th end they held a lead of 20 shots and increased this to 26 by the half way mark. After tea, things were no better for the home side as the visitors had increased their lead to 33 shots. From here to the end of the game Madeira managed to reduce the lead by 8 shots, but that was not enough and so the touring side won by 221-206 (25+).The best Madeira rink was Joe Bate, Tom Williams, Carol Worth and skip Charles Darke, they won by 13 shots.On Monday, Club members competed in a bowls drive for the Grove Trophy and were rewarded with fine bowling weather and a most enjoyable afternoon. Helped by an 8 on the 6th end and a 6 on the 17th end the winners were Alan Halpin, Michael Marks and Club Captain Ray Moore. They won by 17 shots with the two runners-up just one shot behind, they were Matt Marriott, Vi Bevan and David Macaulay, and also Joyce Turner, Mick Powell, Peter Harvey and George Perrin.On Tuesday the visitors were from Newport Pagnell who brought 10 rinks and provided a very close game. At 5 ends Madeira held the lead, but only by 6 shots, and by the half way mark this had been turned around and now the visitors were in the lead, but only by 2 shots. The same two shots divided the two sides at the 15th end but now it was in the home sides favour and so into the last 1/4 of the game, the visitors scored 65 shots whilst the home side scored 58 and the game went to the visitors by 193-188 (5+). The highest Magnolia rink was Deborah Fox, Colin Shaw, Chris Fox and Skip John Killoran. They won by 20 shots.On Thursday it was the turn of a local club when Madeira was pleased to entertain Exonia in a four rink game. The home side went into the lead at the 5th end by 5 shots and never looked back. At the half way mark they had increased this to 17 shots and by the end had won on three the four rinks and by a score of abet 97-57 (+40).The highest Madeira winning rink was skipped by Francis Newton, supported by Elizabeth Haynes, Glyn Roberts and Josie Hall, they won by 20 shots.The last game this week was against a touring side from Northamptonshire and this was another game which finished up very close. At five ends Madeira held the lead by 7 shots, but, by the half way mark, the visitors had turned this around and now held the advantage by 9 shots. They still held the lead at the 15th end but now by only by 3 shots and this was when Madeira came into their own and added 35 shots over the last 6 ends whilst the visitors could only manage 24 and so Madeira won by 119-111(8+).The highest Madeira rink was Alan Turnbull, Colin Shaw, Rob Prescott and skip Ray Lowe, they won by 11 shots.Competitions: Over Sixties Triples League. Madeira "B" beat Exonia "C" 58 - 26

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