President’s men draw a blank

PUBLISHED: 18:35 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

Madeira were honoured by a visit from the county indoor president Mike Cannings, who brought a three-rink team to play against the Madeira president, Ken Roberts.

Madeira were honoured by a visit from the county indoor president Mike Cannings, who brought a three-rink team to play against the Madeira president, Ken Roberts.

The County team ran out winners by two rinks to one and 65-55 (10+) in what proved to be a close game and one that was enjoyed by all who took part.

At five ends the visitors held a lead of eight, but this was cut in half by the home side by the tenth.

Then the visitors held on to that four-shot lead by the 15th and over the last six ends scored 20 shots whilst the home side could only manage 14 and so had to concede the game.

The best Madeira rink was skipped by president Roberts, supported by Charlie Hill, John Killoran and Mick Powell (+5).

There is an old saying in the bowling world that 'those that can - bowl, those that can't - umpire'.

This was proved wrong last week when the umpires and coaches of the club challenged the rest to a three-rink game and managed to win on all three rinks and with that the match.

The challengers started as they meant to go on, opening up a 10-shot gap by the fifth end.

This was increased to 23 shots by the 15th with most of the damage coming from what turned out to be the highest winning rink for the umpires, that of Jennie Smith, Christine Macauley, Keith Ewins and skip Ron Cook - they were 18 up at this time.

This was maintained until the end of the match with the umpires and coaches running out the winners by 59-28 (51+).

The match was enjoyed by all with lots of good-hearted banter all through. A nice way to help bring the indoor season to a close.

The season concluded with the finals of the club competitions at the weekend. Results and pictures will appear next week.

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