The men’s B team had an important win in the County League N3 beating Yatton away 67-34 on overall shots and three-nil on rinks for maximum points. Roy Thurkettle led his team to a decisive win, taking 14 ends to triumph 26-19. Kevin Phillimore’s men led throughout to win 23-10. In a close game Clive Panchaud’s side had trailed but a six on end 15 put them in the lead and there they stayed to the end, winning 18-15.
Scores:V Matthews, M Green, D Trow, R Thurkettle, 26-9; C Wheller, J Runciman, S Fisher, K Phillimore, 23-10; R Bull, T Simpson, T Walker, C Panchaud, 18-15; overall 67-34.
In the same League the men’s C Team lost at home to Ashcombe C, 65-70 on overall shots and one rink to two. Dennis Stansfield’s men were initially in a ding-dong game as the lead switched five times in the first half but then the visitors scored a five shot which fuelled a period of nine ends in the lead which grew to six shots at end 16. Wedmore then turned on a vital spell of scoring 14 shots in four ends, including a six, which led to their victory, 30-23. Peter Smith’s crew led for 11 ends then a five shot deficit was pulled back to 13 all at end 17 but Ashcombe were too strong in the closing stages resulting in a loss of 16-20. Keith Burt’s rink started very well with seven shots in the first two ends but that lead only lasted until end seven when their opponents gradually pulled away to win 19-27.
Scores: B Back, T Collingwood, I Faulkner, D Stansfield, 30-23; S Young, N Fowler, T Counsell, P Smith, 16-20; D Skelton, D Luke, T Shepherd, K Burt, 19-27; overall 65-70.
The A Team in County League Premier 1 had a hard time at home to Street A, losing on all three rinks and overall by 45 shots to 82. Dave Nicholls’ rink fought the good fight, had a taste of the lead and were only two shots behind at end 16 but Street finished the stronger for 20-26. Roger Hughes’ team were doing well when conceding a five score on end five put them on the back foot. By end 11 the deficit was six shots but Wedmore fought back to one shot behind at end 16 only to fall away to 16-23. Ron Barron struggled and went down 9-33.
Scores: D Collins, G Annuik, C Moss, D Nicholls, 20-26; T Brown, I Gallup, R Newell, R Hughes, 16-23; A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, R Barron, 9-33; overall 45-82.
Better news came from an impressive victory away to Clevedon Promenade in the Clevedon triples league, winning four to two on rinks and 112-68 on shots overall. Ron Barron’s boys took the lead for the second time on end five and never looked back winning 13 of 18 ends to register a big victory 21-6. Ray Newell’s lads settled in after the first end and went on to win 12 of ends to a big win of 27-8. Another big score win came from Keith Pettit and co. who also won 12 ends, shutting Clevedon out for the first six ends and lead from start to finish to put 20-7 on the board. Roger Hughes and his men were seven shots to two up at end seven but conceding a five on the next end brought the scores level. Wedmore started again, limiting Clevedon to five shots for the remainder of the game to win 18-12. Colin Moss’ men had a close game with the lead changing hands five times but the pendulum swung against them as their opponents took the last three ends resulting in 12-16. Eddie Payne’s rink were behind from the third end but fought hard to be in touch, only two shots behind on end 15. Wedmore only scored one shot over the last three ends, so it was 14-19.
Scores: S Fisher, K Burt, R Barron, 21-6; P Smith, G Annuik, R Newell, 27-8; D Trow, D Stansfield, K Pettit, 20-7; J Runciman, T Brown, R Hughes, 18-12; R Grant, D Collins, C Moss, 12-16; A Birch, I Gallop, E Payne, 14-19; overall, 112-68.
The men went out of the Wedmore Plate at St. Andrews of Weston-super-Mare, losing 72 shots to 86 overall and one to three on rinks. Ron Barron’s boys provided the winning rink, leading from start to finish, although it was a tight game until Wedmore sprinted away at the end, with ten shots in the last six ends, to triumph 24-13. Roger Hughes’ side could consider themselves a tad unlucky to lose, having led for much of the game but conceding a five score on end 13 was crucial. The scores were level again two ends later, five down at end 19, pulled back to 21-23 on end 20 but needing two on the last end, Wedmore could only score one to endure the closest loss at 22-23. Colin Moss and company never had any traction as the other side led from the start to finish 12-19. On Eddie Payne’s rink, the opposition led from end five but it was still a fairly close game with Wedmore in arrears by only two shots on end 14 and no hint of what was about to happen. St Andrews scored 19 shots, including a seven and a six, over the last seven ends, to win 14-31.
Scores: C Wheller, M Green, K Pettit, R Barron, 24-13; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes, 22-23; A Birch, K Phillimore, D Collins, C Moss, 12-19; J Runciman, V Matthews, G Annuik, E Payne, 14-31; overall 72-86.
The Ladies had a satisfying win in the Fear Plate against Winscombe, scoring 74 shots to 44, two to one on rinks. Shirley Wederell’s ladies were in fine form, leading nine shots to eight at end seven, they then shut Winscombe out for seven successive ends to arrive at end 14 with a score of 23-8. The result was 30-15. Gill Harvey’s group started well and had built up a ten shot lead by end ten, never lost the lead and won nicely with 21-13. Marie Trow’s team had difficulty starting and didn’t score until end seven, so were playing catch up from then on, reducing the deficit from seven shots to two by end 11 and commendably drew level at end 18. Unfortunately for them Winscombe scored three on the last four ends, resulting in 13-16.
Scores: J Collins, T Newell, J Collingwood, S Wederell, 30-15; P Jenkins, M Barron, P Beard, G Harvey, 21-13; D Gallop, C Pettit, M Hordle, M Trow, 13-16; overall, 74-44.
The Ladies were away to Nailsea in the Ladies Triples League and suffered a loss of 32-45 shots overall and one to two on rinks. Maureen Hordle’s Ladies led from end three, were almost caught on end 12 but saw off their rivals to win 15-9. Skippers Newell and Beard did not make much impression on their opponents and lost 10-17 and 7-19 respectively.
Scores: B Disbrey, D Gallop, M Hordle, 15-9; J Collins J Hunt, T Newell, 10-17; AM Wilkinson, M Fisher, P Beard, 7-19; overall 32-45.
Another defeat followed in the same league away to Congresbury when Wedmore lost on all three rinks and overall 37 shots to 70 but closer examination reveals that this was not as bad as first appears. Marie Trow’s team led most of the way and almost pulled off a win but were sandbagged by Winscombe taking the last three ends for five shots and snatching the points on 14-15. Jenny Collingwood and colleagues also led most of the game and were also overturned at the end when Winsombe scored a seven resulting in 16-19. Carole Pettit’s rink were restricted to scoring on four ends and lost 7-36.
Scores: P Jenkins, M Fisher, M Trow, 14-15; B Disbrey, D Gallop, J Collingwood, 16-19; AM Wilkinson, J Collins, K Pettit, 7-36; overall 37-70.
In a friendly away to Yatton, the ladies lost a close match 33-38 overall and zero to two on rinks with one tied. Joan Hunt’s girls led to the last end when they were caught to produce the 11-11 tie. Lead switching on Maureen Hordle’s rink put them one behind with two ends to go but a singleton on the last end had victory slip through the hands at 14-15. Losing the lead on end 11, enduring a six end dry spell, led to Marie Trow’s ladies losing 8-12.