Madeira edged out

PUBLISHED: 15:59 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

MADEIRA Ladies are out of the national Yetton Plate competition following their quarter-final defeat at the hands of Banister Park from Portsmouth.

MADEIRA Ladies are out of the national Yetton Plate competition following their quarter-final defeat at the hands of Banister Park from Portsmouth.The game was played half way between the two clubs at Dorchester and those who were not there missed an exciting encounter.The game see-sawed this way and that until the 17th end, when Banister Park were four shots ahead. It was a lead they held through to the end of the match.Madeira had been five shots up at five ends, seven shots down at 10 and 11 adrift at 15, before making one last push.Madeira's winning rink comprised Anglia Denner, Christine Macaulay, Pat Boman and skip Sue Harriott.The other three rinks, who lost by one, two and three shots, were Brenda Duance, Pat Cain, Sandie Cox and skip Jacky Howle (-1), Veda Bevan, May Dyson, Julie Gilbert and skip Annette Flockhart (-2) and Jan Roberts, Thelma Wildon, Pat Harris and skip Catherine King (-3).All those who travelled to Dorchester agreed it was an exciting game to watch. Maybe Madeira can go a little further next year?A lot less serious was the annual visit of the Plymouth Tourists, who were defeated 82-28. This is a game which is enjoyed as much as a social occasion as a bowls match and long may it continue.The ladies played Exonia in the Lane Trophy. Another two-home, two-away match and this one was most interesting in that the two away rinks were the reverse of each other. The Exonia rink won 17-14 and the Madeira rink won by the same score - so a tie at 31-all.The two Madeira home rinks lost by a total of 18 shots and so the game went to Exonia by that amount. The best Madeira rink was that of Janet Allen, Brenda Marks, Jennifer Smith and skip Pat Cain (+3). A four-rink team went to Honiton and managed to win on two rinks and take the match 72-66.Madeira were 11 shots down at 15 ends, but came into their own on the last six ends and scored 27 shots to Honiton's 10.Top rink for Madeira was that of Dorothy Russell, Arthur Scadden, Keith Weeks and skip Josie Mall, who won by 13 shots.On Friday the ladies were in action again, this time entertaining the Devon County Patrons to a three-rink match at which they held the advantage on all rinks and ran out 74-27 winners. Here the best winning rink was that of Millie Powell, May Dyson, Carole Worth and skip Julie Gilbert (+22).The last game this week was against Pinces Gardens when a close encounter was enjoyed. At five ends the visitors had opened up a gap of 11 shots and never let that lead go. By 10 it was still 11 but by 15 Madeira had not only reduced this but went ahead by two shots. The visitors were not to be outdone. Over the last ends they scored 20 shots to the home side's 12 and ran out the winners by 60-54.The one winning rink went to skip Ron Cook, supported by Janet Allen, Frank Walker, and Jennifer Smith (+14).

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