The men played Portishead at home in the Weston Triples League, winning by three rinks to two, with one tied, and by a convincing 116 shots to 79 overall. Clive Panchaud’s men built the foundation of their result in the first half with 20 shots to 2 on end nine. They kept up the pressure to finish 30-10, winning twelve ends. Alan Birch’s boys were in front from start to finish, an early six powered up a big lead which turned into 24-10. Ian Faulkner’s side also won by a ten shot margin, 22-12, after leading throughout. Tony Brown’s team failed to score in the first four ends but were only two shots in arrears after taking end five. The score drifted away to 4-12 at end ten, then came a revival with a five score at end 16 taking the lead for the first time but the prospect of victory evaporated as Portishead scored four shots on the last two ends to claim a 17 all tie. Stuart Fisher’s folk trailed in the first half, caught up and took the lead on end ten but couldn’t hang on and lost 13-16. In a low scoring game Keith Burt’s bunch led briefly early on and took the last three ends but it all added up to 10-14.
Scores: C Weller, I Gallop, C Panchaud, 30-10; D Skelton, M Green, A Birch, 24-10; D Trow, B Cottrell, I Faulkner, 22-12; V Matthews, J Runciman, T Brown, 17-17; M Batchelor, D Barnett, S Fisher, 13-16; M Davies, T Simpson, K Burt, 10-14; overall 116 shots to 79.
The Ladies played Ashcombe at home in the Wessex Ladies League, losing on rinks 0-2 and a tie, 38 shots to 61 overall. Having led most of the way, Pam Beard’s ladies lost it on end end 14, led again at end 18 with a five score then Ashcombe shut them out for the last three ends resulting in a tie 14-14. Marie Trow’s side started well but a six score loss on end seven put the opposition in front by five and they took some catching. Wedmore scored six on the last two ends but it wasn’t quite enough and lost 17-19. Elaine Deverill’s rink only won six ends and suffered a 7-28 defeat.
Scores: J Collins, M Fisher, T Newell, P Beard, 14-14; B Disbury, M Hordle, M Trow, 17-19; A Hughes, B Clark, C Pettit, E Deverill, 7-28; overall 38-61.
In the return leg of the Mixed Mark Moor Cup, Wedmore took a slender lead of three shots from the home fixture. Whilst winning on rinks 4-2, for Wedmore the overall score is what counted – 140 shots to 99 to win the competition. After taking the lead on end five, Ron Barron’s team galloped away to win 16 ends, scoring five on end 18 and shutting Mark out for the last five ends to triumph 31-10. On Ray Newell’s rink, it was a close game with Wedmore trailing, until end 11 when scoring a six boosted them into the lead to take seven of the last 10 ends and victory by a good margin, 27-14. Marie Trow led her side to a convincing win, boosted by a five on end eight, winning 13 ends to take the game 26-14. Dennis Stansfield’s crew experienced a swingometer game when, leading four to two on end six they then had a dry spell of six ends by which time the deficit was eight shots. Then it was Mark’s turn for famine for eight ends and Wedmore, picking up a six, won easily by 25-15. Roy Thurkettle’s group scored eight shots without reply over the first seven ends and looked comfortable at 16-10 on end 18 but Mark defeated them by scoring seven shots over the last three ends – 16-17. Don Trow’s team had an eight point lead on end 12 and then fell prey to their opponents scoring 22 shots over the last nine ends – result 15-29.
In the national Top Club competition, Wedmore’s men beat Bristol B on three of the five elements to progress further. In the two wood singles Colin Moss enjoyed a 19-4 victory and Ron Barron with Keith Pettit took the pairs winning 12 of 18 ends including the rarity of a seven score, finishing 36-7. Dave Nicholls triples group similarly won 13 ends, including a six, to finish 32-11. Eddie Payne skippered the rinks game and led for the first half but a six score put Bristol in front and they won 14-22. Roger Hughes fought a close game in the four wood singles but despite leading most of the way, narrowly lost 18-21.