Madeira defeat Chudleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:03 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 10 June 2010

FESTIVE events, and no doubt Christmas shopping, made their mark last week with just two matches taking place for the Madeira bowlers, writes Ron Stares.

FESTIVE events, and no doubt Christmas shopping, made their mark last week with just two matches taking place for the Madeira bowlers, writes Ron Stares.

The first was a Saturday match at Axminster, this a three rink meeting and it produced a seriously close encounter.

After five ends just a brace of shots separated the sides in favour of the hosts, who led 9-7.

By the half-way mark the deficit, in terms of the Madeira point of view, was a single shot.

Heading into the final quarter of the contest that one shot was still between the sides in favour of the home team.

It was over the closing ends that the hosts took charge as they scored a total of 19 shots to the Madeira tally of 13 and so the conclusion of the match saw Axminster 55-48 (7+) winners.

The home side claimed victory on two of the three rinks, but it was a most enjoyable affair.

The best performing Madeira rink was that skipped by Tom Williams alongside Jose Glaister, Frank Allen and Barbara Williams, who won their match by nine shots.

The only other game played last week was a Sunday affair against Chudleigh.

Played at Madeira, it saw the home side make the most of home comforts to lead from the start to the finish.

By the end of the fifth end the hosts held a ten shot lead. However, the visitors served up some inspired bowling in the second quarter, levelled things up and, indeed, reached half-way with a five shot lead of their own!

This was when the home side rallied and began to play their best bowls of the match.

The visitors had no answer to the home side's power play as reflected by the final score that saw Madeira win 72-48 (24+).

The Madeira best rink was that of John Relph, Fay Hughes, Vic Doidge and skip Barbara Williams who won their match by 19 shots.

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