Madeira claim fine Tiverton Borough victory

PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 September 2011

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Even though the outdoor season is drawing to a close, there are still several teams to play and last week saw five matches played, writes Matt Marriott.

The first was an away game against local rivals Ottery St Mary. Five rinks played and Madeira just managed to scrape a 6 shot win (96-90), the team of David Macaulay, Norma Cureton, Gordon Medlock and Jill Honnor with a win by 18 shots.

All the other games were visitors to us which began with the Oxford Ladies President, their second visit and a mixed match with Madeira scratching an even narrower win by 2 shots (78-76).

Liz Healey’s team of Derek Dommett, Molly Cooper and Keith Smith contributing a 17 shot win. A 10.30 start for the match on Thursday due to the cycle race and the visitors were Gidea Park ( Romford) and it seems like an early start wasn’t on for Madeira, who lost by 29 shots (128-167).

The highest rink being that of Ann Bellamy supported by Chris Fox, Joyce Turnbull and John Relph, winning their rink by 11shots. At least starting at that time meant all were able to take in the end of the race.

Return visitors White Horse (Oxon) gave us another defeat, winning by 16 shots (151-167), so end of term blues must be setting in. The highest rink of Dee Williams, Stuart Grainger, Jean Rainton and Bob Burch had a good win by 17 shots, so “nuff said”.

The trend was reversed when Tiverton Borough made their return visit and Madeira recorded a win by 17 shots (105-88). That only really evens the score, as they won on their home ground when we visited them earlier in the year.

On Saturday, our President handed over the Club to the County for the semi-finals and finals of the Top Club and, although we were not taking part, supplied markers and umpires for the day and, most importantly, the ladies who gave up their day to make sure the competitors were well fed.

Thank you Ladies. Whilst this was going, on our trio of John Bellamy, Vic Doidge and Rob Prescott were away playing in the semi-finals of the County Unbadged Triples, but were knocked out at that stage. But I know they had the support of the Club and well done men for getting so far.

With one more week to go and six more games to play, next report will be my last, so, hopefully, will be able to report a few more wins for the Club.

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