Madiera bowls slender victory

PUBLISHED: 10:44 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

Another full week for Madeira with many of the games being won and lost by just a shot. A three-rink team travelled to Taunton for what turned out to be a close match. Taunton opened a gap of four shots at five ends and held on to the same four at 10 . T

Another full week for Madeira with many of the games being won and lost by just a shot.A three-rink team travelled to Taunton for what turned out to be a close match. Taunton opened a gap of four shots at five ends and held on to the same four at 10 .Then it was the turn of Madeira who led by four shots at 15 ends.Madeira were outscored 19-16 on the run-in, but had just done enough to win the game 54-53.Madeira lost on two rinks, but the highest winning rink of Ian King, Sylvia Cook, Thelma Wildon and skip Mick Powell (+13) kept the other two on track.Against a team picked from the Exeter Over 60s' League, another close game was enjoyed.After 10 ends the league team held the lead by a shot. Over the next five ends Madeira turned this around to lead by three shots.Madeira stayed narrowly ahead to win 51-45.The winning rink triumphed by 14 shots and was skipped by Bob Finch, supported by Alan Turnbull, Vic Doidge and Rob Prescott.Madeira took a three-rink team to Exonia and, again, ended up with a one-shot difference. Madeira went from nine shots up at five ends to four down at 10 and five behind at 15.Then, Madeira found some extra push and over the last ends scored 17 shots. The home side could only manage 13, but this was still enough for them to win 60-59.The best Madeira winning rink was that of Peter Perks, Noel Allen, John Bradford and indoor captain Rob Prescott, leading from the front and skipping this rink, who won by nine shots.Bridport brought a two rink team to play at Madeira and produced a hard-fought game. By 10 ends the visitors were two shots up and just held on at 15 when the lead had been reduced to a shot but it was the run in to the end of the game where the damage was done. Madeira managed to run up 22 shots but the visitors could only manage eight so victory went to the home side by 48-32. Both home rinks won by two shots.The next two games were ladies' matches. The first was against Budleigh, a two-rink match, when Madeira travelled to Budleigh.The home side were in the lead for the first 10 ends when the score was 20-19 in their favour. Madeira came into their own and by 15 were three shots up and went on to win by 48-41 (7+). The winning rink for Madeira was Mavis Mears, May Dyson, Pat Boman and skip Sheila Webb (+17).The ladies travelled to Exonia for a three rink match and lost by 11 shots.Exonia stayed in front throughout the game. By 10 ends they were six shots up and by 15 had increased this to seven.Madeira could not manage to make up that deficit and the home side ran out the winners by 52-41.The last game was a visit from Pinces Gardens who brought a three-rink team and finished the week with a 57-all draw.Two rinks recorded a shot up and one down. The highest winning rink was skipped by Tom Russell, supported by Janet Worsfold, Pat Daly and Ron Stares.Competitions Men's county triples: Ken Roberts, Keith Ewins and skip Bob Burch won 24-18 against L Roberts, M Raggott and D Summers of Torbay.Ladies' county pairs: Jan Roberts and Pat Harris defeated Joan Shaw and Di Lowe of Budleigh 25-13 in the zone final.

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