Madeira get wires crossed on score!

PUBLISHED: 10:31 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

MADEIRA BC: The first game last week was a ladies Foxland League match against Isca. Initially, due to a mix-up on the telephone, it was thought Isca had won the match.

MADEIRA BC: The first game last week was a ladies' Foxland League match against Isca.

Initially, due to a mix-up on the telephone, it was thought Isca had won the match.

When the mix-up was realised, it was found that Madeira had lost on one rink, drawn on another and won the other two to take the game 87-81.

The two winning rinks were the ones playing at Isca. The rink skipped by Catherine King, supported by Jan Roberts, Thelma Weldon and Pat Harris, performed the best with an 11-shot advantage.

On Friday, the visiting team was from Padbrook Park and they brought a three-rink mixed team, only to find Madeira in good form. The home team won on all three rinks.

This was a tighter game than the score suggests with the best rink for Madeira, who won by just 15 shots, being Jenny Turner, Pat Cain, Carole Worth and skip Sheila Webb.

Madeira were in control at all stages and by 10 ends had opened up a six-shot advantage. This had increased to 23 by the 15th and ended with the home side winning by 70-42.

Saturday's visitors were Heavitree, who also brought a three-rink mixed team, only to find Madeira in the same frame of mind.

At 10 ends the visitors held a nine-shot advantage. This was reversed by the home team and at 15 they held a 25-shot lead which they built on until the end, finishing with a winning score of 65-35.

The visitors won on one rink, but Madeira on the other two, with the best being Janet Allen, Harry Clarke, Ray Moore and skip Pat Boman (+18).

Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw the annual Toorak weekend, when 32 bowlers, with some non-playing members as well, spent the weekend at Torquay playing against three other visiting clubs on the hotel's indoor green.

On the Friday the opponents were Bridgend Municipal and Pirelli Cables (Birmingham). Madeira started in good style and proved too much for the opponents, finishing by winning with a score of 60-40.

The next game against Pirelli provided another victory for Madeira, who won on three of the four rinks and finished with a score of 53-41 (12+).

A much tighter game this, as the score shows, but Madeira were finding the green much slower than they were used to and took time to adjust to the different conditions.

On Saturday, Madeira faced another Bridgend team. By this time they were really getting into their stride. They won convincingly on all four rinks and finished with a score of 99-27.

The other club Madeira played were Wombourne from Staffordshire.

Again Madeira were able to register a convincing win with a score of 76-37.

The first game on Sunday was against another Wombourne team, who ran Madeira much closer.

This time the difference was only 15 shots - still in Madeira's favour - with wins on three of the four rinks.

The last game on Sunday was to prove the closest of the weekend. It was against another Pirelli Cables team and they won on one rink, drew on another.

Madeira were able to hang on to the other two rinks and ran out narrow winners by 48-45.

Another most enjoyable weekend with Madeira managing to register a clean sweep.

Thanks must go to John and Annette Flockhart for the organisation.

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