Madeira men in fine form as they see off Honiton in O60s County Trophy

PUBLISHED: 09:47 14 December 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5234. Picture: Terry Ife

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5234. Picture: Terry Ife


At the end of November Madeira men travelled to Mid Devon where they had a good win 63-42 over all three rinks, writes Jean Healey.

David Macaulay with Brian Poulter, Bob Humphrey and Graham Ellis, enjoyed a runaway score of 27-12 and the others won by a smaller margin.

The next mixed friendly was against Taunton Deane, who were beaten 63-42 with Madeira enjoying success on two rinks, losing on one.

Bob Finch’s team of Susie Roughton, Jude Latta and R Brown were down trailing 17-9 after 13 ends, but managed to close down the margin of deficit and then go on to win 23-17.

A mixed match between captain and vice captains’ teams was enjoyed by all with little difference between the teams. Vice captain Penny Preece’s team won overall, but the scores were not really relevant in close, friendly but competitive bowling.

In National competitions there was progress made in the Over-60s pairs by Andy Lock and Cliff Skinner. Playing against a pair from Honiton the Madeira duo managed to come back on the 16th end to win by six.

In the Over-60s County Trophy competition, Madeira men won on all four rinks and by an overall score of 91-64 in their meeting with Honiton. This excellent result saw the Madeira men bank a terrific 22 points.

However, in the Interclub against Torquay United A there was only one winning rink for an overall loss.

The ladies also met strong opposition when they took on Torquay United in the Foxlands League. In this contest, Sue Harriott’s team, playing away, were the only successful rink.

Joy Penberthy, Sandie Cox, Lin Halpin and Jill Perrin were unlucky to lose at home, missing out on the last two ends.

In the last match for 2018 in the Lane Trophy, the home teams lost by small margins, but, playing at Honiton, both teams won, with Jean Rainton, Freda Relph and Fay Hughes scoring 26-11 to give Madeira some much needed points.

In National competitions, Jan Roberts and Catherine King made progress, defeating a Sidmouth pairing 23-9 and, in round three of the national triples competition, Jan [Roberts], Catherine [King] and Janine Orchard won 17-5 away at Honiton.

The same trio were also in action in the County Triples where they enjoyed success against another Madeira trio. However, the final score of 24-11 did not reflect what was a very close encounter.

Saturday night at the club saw the staging of a Fun Bowls Night open to all and 50 people enjoyed unusual bowling, some darts, some board games, and some quizzes whilst fitting in a hot supper of jacket potatoes and chilli con carne.

There is another coffee morning this coming Saturday (December 15) with things getting underway from 10am and running through to noon. All will be made most welcome.

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