Spring is in the air down at Madeira

PUBLISHED: 17:04 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

MADEIRA BOWLING CLUB: MOST people think summer is almost here when the evenings start staying light longer and the daffodils appear all over the place, writes Ron Stares. Madeira bowlers know it is not far away when they see the availability list for outd

MADEIRA BOWLING CLUB: MOST people think summer is almost here when the evenings start staying light longer and the daffodils appear all over the place, writes Ron Stares.

Madeira bowlers know it is not far away when they see the availability list for outdoor games appear on the notice board.

That is what greeted them last week when they went into the clubhouse. Nevertheless, there are still a few indoor matches to tell you about before we hand over to the outdoor members.

First of all, near neighbours Phear Park brought a two-rink team and provided a most enjoyable and close game.

Madeira opened at five ends with a nine-shot lead and by 10 had increased this by another two.

Then Phear Park started to hit back. By 15 they had reduced the deficit to just five shots and this is how it stayed until the end of the game with the home side winning on two rinks and the match by 62-57.

The home side's highest winning rink was Frank Allen, Tony Wiseman, Denis Carter and skip Bob Finch.

In an Over 60s' League game against Mid Devon, Madeira managed to win on two rinks and draw on one. That was not enough to take the game.

Aftert five ends, Madeira held an 11-shot lead and at 10 they were still in front by nine shots.

By 15 ends Madeira were still in front, but now it had been reduced to six. During the run-in to the final ends the difference was reversed and Mid Devon went on to win 68-62.

The highest winning rink for Madeira was one at home. Both won, but skip Terry Reardon, supported by Charlie Hill, Mike Cannings and Ken Roberts, managed a difference of 13 shots.

The ladies entertained a team from Axminster and had a clear win by 43 shots.

They won on all three rinks, the best of which was skip Jacky Howie, supported by Jenny Turner, Jill Honnor and Christine Macaulay. They won by 22 shots.

The game was always in Madeira's favour. At five ends the lead was two shots. By 10 they had increased this to 19 shots and to 34 shots by 15, finishing with the score of 79-36.

The ladies took a two-rink team to Padbrook Park and found the home side in very good form.

The game was much tighter than the score suggests. On many of the ends the winning shot had to be decided by a measure and the ladies said that it was a most enjoyable game to play, despite the score.

By five ends Padbrook had a five-shot lead and by 10 they had increased this to 19. The home side never looked as if they were going to lose the lead because at 15 ends the difference was 19 shots. They ran out winners on both rinks to claim the match 44-26.

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