Madeira into County last eight after thrillling Seaton win.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 09 April 2010

ANYBODY who was not at Madeira last Thursday evening missed a fine game of bowls, writes Ron Stares

ANYBODY who was not at Madeira last Thursday evening missed a fine game of bowls, writes Ron Stares.

Madeira entertained Seaton in the area final of the County Top Club competition and won on four of the five rinks, losing the 5th by just the one shot, by which time the overall match result had been settled.

First up in the contest was the four wood singles, won by Craig Ralph 21-20, then the two woods singles was won by Josh Hadfield 21-15.

Next, the Triple of Ken Roberts, Cliff Skinner and Bill Davies won their contest 19-16.

The Four, of Derek Dommett, Mick Powell, Francis Newton and John Smerdon, had the game conceded by Seaton with the score at 19-16 and then, last but most certainly not least, the pair of Terry Reardon and John Flockhart lost by 19-20.

Madeira now progress to the County last eight and a tie in Plymouth against opposition still to be named.

In the first club match of last week, Madeira played a triples game against Beacon Down, but this had to be stopped at the half way mark because of heavy rain.

Next, Madeira travelled to Winscombe for a six rink game, which was a close game all of the way.

At the half way mark, Madeira were 10 shots up but, by 15, this had been reversed and the home side were in the lead by nine shots, but it was over the last six ends that the game was won and lost.

In that time Madeira managed to score 36 shots, but that was not enough, as the home side scored 33 shots which was enough to keep them in front and to win the game by 121-115 (6+).

The best Madeira rink was Derek Dommett, Keith Smith and skip Mike Gorman, they won by 15 shots.

The last game this week was a home match against Culm Vale.

They brought a six rink team and again provided a very close game.

By the 5th end the visitors had set up a 3 shot lead, but by the half way mark Madeira had reversed this and were now 8 shots in the lead.

The visitors came back again by the 15th end and were now 2 shots to the good, but it was here that Madeira made their push and ended with a win by 27-104 (23+).

The best Madeira rink was Zena Stuart, David Morrish, May Dyson and skip Tom Williams who won by 20 shots.

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