Madeira make Wellington meet their WATERLOO

PUBLISHED: 14:36 28 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:36 28 June 2011

Peter Harvey. Madeira bowls. Mens pairs club match from Saturday 4th June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2399-23-11AW

Peter Harvey. Madeira bowls. Mens pairs club match from Saturday 4th June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2399-23-11AW


Fortunately the weather has been a bit kinder to us this week so not any shortened games but a week which saw us struggling to win matches, writes Matt Marriott.

It looks like a two horse race at the moment in the Men’s Tuesday /Thursday League. Team two, led by Bob Finch and Team one, led by Tony Wiseman, are both level on ten points and way ahead of the field.

The over-60s league has shown slight movement with Team A in sixth place, Team B sittings second, team C in fifth and team D in seventh, however, there remains plenty of time for further movement up and down the table!

All the internal competitions are well under way and will soon be at the semi final stage, and, when we reach those later stages, I will begin to report on names etc.

A visit from Wellington saw them meet their waterloo with Madeira coming out on top by 50 shots (91-41).

The highest scoring home rink was that of J Rainton, D Dommett, J Worsfold and I Healey, who won 27-6.

Heavitree fielded a strong team for their visit to play a rescheduled game but still found Madeira coming out on top by 21 shots (97-76).

I am told the top Ladies rink was that of J Rainton, D Williams and M Whittle winning by 10 shots. Welland Valley Tourists were the next visitors and well and truly left Madeira behind with such a score that I am under threat of not being selected again if I publish the result! ( It is on the club notice boards for those that are interested!) but an enjoyable afternoon was had by all and the visitors were certainly able to enjoy their journey home at the end of their tour!

Six rinks of triples went for a friendly match at Tiverton Borough, and were again defeated on their home turf with the Mid Devon side claiming a 46 shot victory at 117-69.

Madeira had one winning rink but modesty forbids me from saying who they were. Perhaps we were confused by the sun coming out!

On Sunday six teams travelled to Bridport for our annual friendly away match and I will report on that next week.

I cannot finish without mentioning the sad loss of Harry Clarke who died last week. Harry was a quiet, gentle man and will be missed by those of us who knew him. Our condolences go to Dorothy and her family.

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