Madeira men make it ten-in-a-row with victory of the ladies’

PUBLISHED: 20:26 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 20:26 04 September 2014

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With August now over all the leagues are nearly all finished and with the exception of a couple of County games, it is mainly friendly left on the fixtures list, writes Matt Marriott.

The Over-60s final placings are yet to be published so we wait to see who goes up and who goes down.

The first of the week’s friendly encounters was a meeting with visitors from Great Hollands BC (not Dutch), who pitched up with a dozen teams of triples. This proved to be a game in which Madeira produced good all-round form, winning by 60 shots at 236-176.

The highest Madeira rink was the one of Jean Bagnall, Geoff Furminger and David Macaulay, who won 29-6.

Next up were St Neots of Bedfordshire, a smaller club, who arrived with five rinks.

Once again Madeira were the better side and won by 38 shots at 118-80.

George Perrin led his crew of Derek Dommett, Alan Halpin and Gordon Medlock to a 24 shot win at 32-8.

However, this didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the visitors who went on to complete their tour of Devon!

The visitors from Garrard, one of the many Swindon teams, brought us back down to earth with a bang and a 10 shot win, 101-91.

This was again a five rink meeting during which Madeira managed just two wins and a draw.

The teams of John Bellamy, Jill Perrin, Jan Worsfold, Martin Clook, Angie Fish, Richard Prince, Madeleine Marriott, David Bagnall, winning both their rinks by five shots each.

Last up was the annual Jubilee Cup with the men taking on the ladie’s – or vice-a-versa!

At the tea break the ladies’ were favourites to win as they clearly held the upper hand. However, after tea the men did not want to go home with tears in their eyes and managed to rally round to an 18-and-a-half point win. This even with a 25 per cent penalty deduction for the triples rink!

The ladies did manage to win two rinks, but I won’t say who the beaten men were!

This was the 10th year in a row that the men have won this match, but it was a close call this year.

The end of the season is only a month away and just to remind you the lists are all up for the indoor competitions, so if you want to enter, get your names down.

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