Madeira have busy time with tourist sides visiting Exmouth.

PUBLISHED: 09:51 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

A BUSY week of receiving touring sides at Madeira was blessed with beautiful weather, writes Ron Stares.

A BUSY week of receiving touring sides at Madeira was blessed with beautiful weather, writes Ron Stares.

Chippingham Park were the first to pitch up and this quickly became a tough game for the hosts.

The early ends saw the visitors take a two shot lead and they extended that to seven shots at the tea break.

The second half of the match saw shots lost and gained leading to the visitors winning 104-94 (10+) but, as the result suggests, it was a very tight game all the way through.

The best Madeira rink was Joe Bate, yours truly, Keith Ewins and skip Bob Finch who won by a dozen shots.

Next up saw a visit from Welsh visitors, Ystrad Mynach.

Once again, this was a compelling and close encounter.

The opening exchanges saw the visiting side take a 15 shot lead after five ends but, by the half-way stage, Madeira had squared things up at 51-51.

When the three-quarter stage was reached it was Madeira ahead, leading by one.

As the cards were counted at the close of play it emerged that the hosts had claimed a four shot win at 114-110 (4+).

The best Madeira rink was Tony Wiseman, Barbara Williams, Mary-Ann Dowrick and skip Colin Healy who won by 18 shots.

On Friday, the visitors were Braeside who arrived for a twelve rink game which saw a full green in use.

Scoring was high and, at the fifth end, the home side held a commanding 30 shot lead.

By the half way mark, the advantage had been trimmed to 16 shots and it was post tea that the home side then found an extra gear andpowered their way to the close and a 260-202 (58+) victory.

The best winning rink for Madeira was John Relph, Bill Rainton, Jean Healey and skip Carole Worth. They won by 19 shots.

l In the Over-60s League, Madeira beat Exonia A 47-25 (22+) and then defeated Crediton 37-32 (5+).

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