Madeira receive brace of touring sides.

PUBLISHED: 10:25 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 18 June 2010

THERE were a brace of visits from touring sides to Madeira last week, writes Ron Stares.

THERE were a brace of visits from touring sides to Madeira last week, writes Ron Stares.

First up was St Fagans who pitched up with six rinks and this produced a fine encounter that was in the balance until a powerful final quarter finish by the visitors who went on to win on four of the six rinks and claim the match 110-89 (+21).

The best performing Madeira rink was that of John Hopkins, Brian Payne, Christine Macaulay and skip Jean Rainton, who won their match by ten shots.

The other visitors were Dunstable and this turned out to be a game that was as hard to call as any you are likely to see!

Five ends in and it was the visitors holding a five shot advantage.

They extended that to head into the tea interval with a twelve shot lead.

They continued to look dominate through the opening ends of the post-tea session but then Madeira launched a come-back. The teams arrived at the three-quarter mark with Madeira now leading by four shots and suddenly it was the hosts in the asecendency.

However, the touring side had other ideas and back they came.

The two sides traded shot for shot right to the close and when the cards were tallied the score was 102 all!

The best performing home rink was that of Jenny Turner, Tim Bevan, Ann Doidge and skip David Macaulay.

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