In the fourth round of the Turnbull Cup, the men had a close match against Banwell but came out on top with rinks two all and an overall score of 76 shots to 70. Eddie Payne’s men were in a close fight throughout, with the lead changing five times and the score level at end 18. Scoring seven over the next two ends put them out of reach with a solid winning score of 20-14, which proved to be the foundation for the club’s victory. Roger Hughes’ gents pulled away from end five, scored five on end 12 and had a lead of nine shots at end 18. The opposition finished strongly with six shots over the last three ends but it was not enough to stop a Wedmore win of 19 shots to 16. Dave Nichols’ lads started slowly but eventually took the lead on end ten, lost it on end 16 but a three score on the last end limited the damage to one shot 17-18. Colin Moss’ team were level at halfway but a loss of five created a problem which they quickly sorted to be back on level terms at end 14 but then became stuck as Banwell won the next five ends for an eight shot lead going into the last. A finishing flourish of a six score again limited the damage – this time to 20-22.
Rink scores: A Birch, D Stansfield, K Pettit, E Payne 20-14; I Gallop, B Cottrell, R Newell, R Hughes 19-16; C Wheller, D Collins, R Barron, D Nichols 17-18; V Matthews, J Runciman, R Thurkettle, C Moss 20-22; overall score 76 shots to 70.
In the Clevedon & District triples league the men did well to win away at West Backwell bringing back 12 points with rink scores three all and overall score 114 shots to 96. Ray Newell’s boys had an astonishing day out, winning the first 12 ends (including a six score) plus another three ends to triumph 32 shots to three. This left Backwell with a mountain to climb and despite winning on three rinks, couldn’t get there. Colin Moss and co. took a while to settle down but worked their way up to take the lead with nice timing on end 16 and won with 17 shots to 14. After re-taking the lead on end eight Keith Pettit’s crew built up a lead of six points at end 13, just withstood a late charge and won 17-16. A rare score of seven shots put Ron Barron’s fellows in the lead early on but by half way it was nip and tuck. Backwell put on eight shots over the last seven ends to defeat Wedmore 18-21. Dave Nichols and support saw their opponents fast out of the traps which built to a lead of 11 shots on end 14. A creditable fight back scored eight shots in three ends which reduced the deficit to 17-21. Roger Hughes’ trio didn’t begin to score until end seven but they kept going and put on 11 shots in the last seven ends to lose 13-21.
Rink scores: R Bull, D Stansfield, R Newell 32-3; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss 17-14; D Trow, C Panchaud, K Pettit 17-16; C Wheller, R Thurkettle, R Barron 18-21; M Batchelor, K Burt, D Nichols 17-21;
J Runciman, I Gallop, R Hughes 13-21; overall score 114 shots to 96.
A bad week in the County Leagues produced three losses for Wedmore. At home to North Petherton the “A” team lost in a match where much of their scoring occurred in the later stages with an overall score of 55 shots to 60 and by one rink all plus a tie. Eddie Payne’s troops showed some resilience as they didn’t open their scoring until end six when they were ten shots down. Thanks to “winning” the second half 16 shots to six, they won the rink by one shot scored on the last end – 20-19. The Dave Nichols’ band won 13 of the 21 ends, mostly low scoring and it was neck and neck coming to the finish when a single shot on the last end delivered a tie. Roger Hughes and mates had a frustrating afternoon, being 15 shots behind after 12 ends before the come-back started. They scored eleven shots in the following nine ends with their opponents only scoring twice, leaving Wedmore wishing the match could go on a few more rinks but losing 17 shots to 23.
Rink scores: A Birch, D Wedderell, K Pettit, E Payne 20-19; D Collins, K Burt, C Moss, D Nicholls 18-18; Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes 17-23; overall 55 shots to 60.
The B team was away to Congresbury in a match with ups and downs, with the score one all plus a tie on rinks but 54-61 shots overall. Clive Panchaud’s buddies scored a five on end 11 to give them a lead they never lost, showing admirable consistency at the end with 13 shots over the last five ends for a big win 27-14. Stuart Fisher’s side saw Congresbury run up a lead of seven shots on end 15 then came the charge back to pull off a tie by scoring one shot on the last end 15-15. Roy Thurkettle’s bunch didn’t score until end six by which time they were 11 shots behind which proved a bridge too far as Congresbury went on to win 14 ends and the game by 12 shots to 32.
Rink scores: V Matthews, J Runciman, D Barnett, C Panchaud 27-14; D Trow, T Counsell, T Walker, S Fisher 15-15; C Wheller, R Bull, P Moxey, R Thurkettle 12-32; overall score 54 shots to 61.
The C Team lost at home to Burnham-on-Sea by 54 shots to 67 and 0-3 on rinks. Brendon Cottrel and colleagues started slowly but had pulled up to level pegging by end seven following which the contest remained very close, tied on end 15 and Wedmore behind by just one shot at the final end but finished as 18-20. Terry Simpson’s outfit started well, leading to half way but when they lost the lead for the second time slipped to 17-21. Jim White’s quartet had a gap of nine shots at end seven but then improved to reduce that to five on end 16, only to see their opponents score a six which proved too much to overhaul and so lost 19-26.
Rink scores: B Back, T Bullock, P D Rees, B Cottrell 18-20; M Batchelor, D Skelton, T Shepherd, T Simpson 17-21; S Wilkinson, B Dearden, I Faulkner, J White 19-26; overall score 54-67.
In their Triples League the Ladies met Wrington at home and tied 37 all, although the rinks score was 1-2. Marie Trow’s Ladies took over on end four and rapidly established an 11 shots lead which shrunk slightly but the home victory was never in doubt at 18-10. Pam Beard and friends were in front from the start but lost it on end nine, came back two ends later and went into the final end only one shot down but unfortunately the other side scored two so 8-11. Elaine Deverel’s side trailed for most of the game, managed to draw level on end 12 but had the stuffing knocked out of them by losing a five score near the end, finishing 11-16.
Rink scores: P Jenkins, A Birch, M Trow 18-10; B Disbrey, D Gallop, P Beard 8-11; B Clark, M Barron, E Deverel 11-16; overall score 37 shots all.
Away to Victoria White in the Ladies Triples League the rink score was 1-2 and 42-50 in overall shots. Ann Hughes and support gave their opponents a start but caught them up on end five and went on to build an eight shot lead but from end 12 it was toe to toe and level on the penultimate end. Happily for Wedmore they scored two shots to win 19-17. Marie Trow’s cohort trailed most of the way but made a go of it towards the end but went down 11-13. Shirley Wederell’s troup had a hard row to hoe, trailing by 11 shots at one point but they persevered and reduced the loss to 12-20.
Rink scores: P Jenkins, T Newell, A Hughes 19-17; B Disbrey, J Hunt, M Trow 11-13; J Collins, M Barron, S Wederell 12-20; overall score 42 shots to 50.
In the Weston & District League the Ladies visited Portishead when the overall score was 29 shots to 51 and 0-2 plus a tie on rinks. Pam Beard’s cast held their own, could have won and finished 11-11; Elaine Deveril’s people could not make an impression on strong opponents and lost 8-17. Trish Newell’s group had a day to forget, losing 10-23.
Rink scores: J Collins, J Hunt, P Beard 11-11; A Wilkinson, A Birch, E Deverell 8-17; P Jenkins, J Wheeler, T Newell 10-23; overall score 29-51.
On the Mixed Friendly scene it was win one, lose one for the club. Away to Long Ashton the score was 4-2 on rinks and 107 shots to 94. Keith Burt’s foursome progressed with scarcely a ripple, winning 15 of 21 ends and scoring 22 shots to 8. Brian Aston’s lot didn’t get on the scoreboard until end seven but made up for lost time by drawing level on end 12, swapped the lead and put paid to a tight sequence by scoring five on the last three ends to win 20-14. Once Dennis Stansfield’s pack got into their stride it was a close game with the lead changing five times to provide a nailbiting 18 all at end 20. They promptly scored two to win 20-18. Ron Barron and associates were in contention but could only take the lead on end 14 courtesy of a five score, lost it, regained it and closed out for a 17-16 win. On Dave Collins rink they started well and had an 11 point lead on end 10. Tea break proved to be their undoing as Long Ashton then rattled up the shots. At the last end Wedmore were still two shots up but agonisingly saw the other side score three – 17-18. Roger Hughes and pals held the lead for a while but then the game ran away from to an 11-20 loss.
The Mixed Friendly at home to Queen’s Camel was a strange brew with the rink scores at one all plus a tie but 32-53 overall. Skipper Clive Wheller and hands produced the win at the very end, 14-12, whilst Terry Simpson and others snatched a tie from the jaws of victory, 11 all. Joan Hunt and others crashed out 7-30.