Madeira find the only way is Essex is success for Bocking Alliance

PUBLISHED: 17:05 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:05 09 September 2014

Terry Dowrick (right), winner of the Edwin Putt competition for new bowlers, with runner up Chris Reed.

Terry Dowrick (right), winner of the Edwin Putt competition for new bowlers, with runner up Chris Reed.


The only Madeira men’s game in the past week was the return match at home against Chardstock, writes Matt Marriott.

The contest was played over four triples and Madeira emerged victorious to the tune of the 74-53 score line. There were only three cards returned with the highest rink of John Bellamy, Vic Doidge and Colin Hughes taking their rink by 14 shots at 22-8.

There was an early start for the players travelling to Cheltenham for the return half of the match to retain the Friendship Trophy. Not an easy task with a 21 shot deficit to be made up from the Gloucestershire-based trip to Exmouth.

Despite the team of John Bellamy, Ian Healey, Jean Healey and Debbie Fox turning in a win by 13 shots at 26-13, and with an overall score to Madeira of 125-123, the two shot difference was not enough. So the Trophy stays at Cheltenham, possibly a relief for whoever was going to carry it back. Let’s see what next year brings!

West Backwell of Bristol visited Exmouth, but, still smouldering from the previous day’s Cheltenham overall defeat, Madeira took the game by 23 shots at 101-78 having won only two of the of the five rinks played. Twenty-two of the winning shots were scored by the rink led by Angie Fish with Ken Roberts, Sue Lampey and Jim Wherlock at 30-8.

Next up was a visit from Uffculme who again found the home team in winning mood by 27 shots at 102-75. It was a game of triples with Mick Powell, Graham Clarkson and Janet Allen bringing in the best result 23-8.

The final visitors of the week were Essex-based Bocking Alliance who certainly showed the home side that the only way went to them taking the game by 55 shots at 150-205. Of the eleven rinks Madeira only managed to win on three, the best result that of Shirley Smith, Mike Ball and Nikki Fiddimore at 23-13.

Last, but certainly not least, Sunday saw the staging of the Edwin Putt Trophy for new bowlers with 12 bowlers taking part. Played as a round-robin game of two sections with each player contesting three games.

The winner of each section then met in the final and this saw Terry Dowrick taking the game by one shot over Chris Reed at 6-5. Played in glorious weather all those taking part had a good day and well done to them all. Watch out all of us more experienced bowlers, there is some talent coming up through the ranks at Madeira!

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