PRESS REPORT w/e 5 August

The Ladies continued their run in the Fear Plate, beating Wessex Ladies 65 shots to 42 overall, two to one on rinks.  Shirley Wederell’s side won 15 ends to triumph 25-9.  Elaine Deverill’s team also won emphatically, leading throughout, scoring a seven on end 19 for 23-13.  Having trailed from the beginning, Marie Trow’s ladies came within three points of the lead at end 18 and it ended 17-20.

Scores: J Collins, T Newell, J Collingwood, S Wederell, 25-9; P Jenkins, P Beard, M Hordle, E Deverill, 23-13; C Pettit, M Barron, G Harvey, M Trow, 17-20; overall 65-42.

The ladies won five league matches in a row, three in the Wessex Ladies League and two in the Weston District League.  Away to Clevedon Prom, Wedmore won rinks two to one and overall by 49-44 shots.  Gill Harvey’s group led throughout and won comfortably, 22-16.  Maureen Hordle’s rink had a close tussle but scoring six to take the last three ends was decisive and gave a 15-10 victory.  Elaine Deverill’s team led for ten ends but came unstuck by conceding an eight score leading to a 12-18 loss.

Scores: J Collins, D Gallop, T Newell, G Harvey, 22-16; A Birch, S Tinknell, M Barron, M Hordle, 15-10; P Jenkins, M Fisher, P Beard, E Deverill, 12-18;  overall 49-44.

At Home to Mark Moor in the Wessex League, Wedmore emphatically won maximum points, winning all three rinks and overall by 67-23 shots.  Elaine Deverill’s side started well and went on to win 14 of the 18 ends, breezing in with 27-6.  Not to be outdone, Shirley Wederell’s women won 13 ends, including a six score and rattled up 26-5.  Jenny Collingwood and co. had a close tussle, taking the lead for the fourth time on end 17, won a single for the last and pulled off a 14-12 win.

Scores: J Collins, D Gallop, H Harvey, E Deverill, 27-6; P Jenkins C Pettit, P Beard, S Wederell, 26-5; B Disbrey, M Barron, T Newell, J Collingwood, 14-12; overall 67-23.

Wedmore scooped the points pool again away to Winscombe, taking all three rinks and scoring 69-28 overall.  Marie Trow led from beginning to end, registering an outstanding 27 shots to 7.  Gill Harvey’s match was close at first but subsequently a strong performance led to 24-7.  Jenny Collingwood’s rink led most of the way but scores were level with two ends to go and  winning both of them gave a win of 18-14.

Scores:  FD Rees, D Gallop, M Hordle, M Trow, 27-7; M Barron, S Tinknell, T Newell, G Harvey, 24-7; A Birch, M Fisher, C Pettit, J Collingwood, 18-14; overall 69-28.

Two nail biters in the Weston League finished in Wedmore’s favour.  At home to West Backwell it was two to one on rinks and 48-47 overall.  Shirley Wederill’s ladies established themselves with a six on end three and polished off the game with a five at the end for a strong win 21-10.  Elaine Deverill’s side started with a six but the opposition quickly caught up and from end seven Wedmore were trailing.  Scoring four on the last end was decisive for 17-15.  Jenny Collingwood’s team struggled and went down 10-22.

Scores: J Collins, J Hunt, S Wederrell, 21-10; J Wheller, P Beard, E Deverill, 17-15;  A Birch, T Newell, J Collingwood,10-22;  overall 48-47.

Playing Clarence at home, Wedmore only won one of three rinks but squeezed out an overall score of 38-37.  Marie Trow’s team retook the lead on end six and kept up the pressure to win 19-11, a margin that was necessary to win the match.  Shirley Wederell’s ladies had mostly led but lost the lead in the home straight and the game 9-12.  It was a similar story on Jenny Collingwood’s rink where they lost 10-14.

Scores: J Collins, M Hordle, M Trow, 19-11; FD Rees, J Hunt, S Wederell, 9-12; M Fisher, M Barron, Collingwood, 10-14; overall 38-37.

In County League N3 the Men’s C Team beat Nailsea B at home 66 shots to 49 and by two rinks to one.  Keith Burt’s men won 15 ends, led throughout and took victory with 28-10.  Although Dennis Stansfield’s guys led from start to finish, there were only two points in it at end 16.  Scoring seven whilst winning four of the last five ends made the points safe at 24-16.  Jim White had an uphill job but a strong finish limited the damage to 14-23.

Scores: D Skelton, T Shepherd, M Batchelor, K Burt, 28-10; B Back, S Young, I Faulkner, D Stansfield, 24-16; S Wilkinson, N Fowler, T Counsell, J White, 14-23; overall 66-49.

In the Clevedon Triples League the men won four rinks to two and 110 shots to 81 overall at home to Congresbury.  Ron Barron’s boys won 13 ends, including a six along the way, to triumph 31-7. Scoring seven on end seven put Eddie Payne’s crew on a healthy footing and they kept the score board moving to win 27-15.  Colin Moss’ men were in a close game where they kept their noses in front to win 14-10.  Keith Pettit’s side didn’t get going until end five but had levelled the score by end eight, took the lead but were one shot behind at the penultimate end. Two shots on the last end did the business for a 13-12 win.  Roger Hughes looked well set for a win at 14-7 on end 11 but a Congresbury surge turned the tables for 16-18.  Greg Annuik’s rink were in the game until end 13 when they were shut out of the last five ends and lost 9-19.

Scores: A Birch, C Panchaud, E Payne, 27-15; V Matthew, D Collins, C Moss, 14-10; T Collingwood, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 13-12; D Trow, I Gallop, R Hughes, 16-18; J Runciman, D Stansfield, G Annuik; overall 110-81.

The men had another strong win against Portishead RBL and whilst it was three to one and two ties on rinks, it was 116-91 on overall shots.  On Keith Pettit’s rink the opposition was shut out for an astounding ten ends, then  they opened their account with a seven score.   Would there be a breathless come-back?  Not really, it finished 37-10.  A five score on end ten put Ray Newell’s side back in the lead. They held off a challenge from Portishead and it finished 23-17.  Ron Barron’s bunch were ten down at half way but a surge of winning the last five ends gave them a narrow victory, 18-17.  Roger Hughes’ men were behind for most of the game when they drew level at end sixteen, finishing 14 all.  Dave Nicholls’ team re-took the lead on end 14 and were two shots up going into the last end but Portishead scored two for a tie  13-13.  Colin Moss’ rink had a difficult game and lost 11-20.

Scores:  D Trow, K Burt, K Pettit, 37-10; J Runciman, G Annuik, R Newell, 23-17; P Smith, C Panchaud, R Barron, 18-17; A Birch, I Gallop, R Hughes, 14-14; T Brown, C Wheller, D Nicholls, 13-13;  V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 11-20; overall 116-91.

Away to Winscombe, despite winning four of six rinks, the men narrowly lost 103-107 on overall shots. Keith Pettit’s crew were never behind, won 13 ends and romped home 29-10.  Ray Newell’s lads were eight shots down at end eight but then changed gear to score 18 on the remaining ten ends and win 21-13. Ron Barron’s troops had a similar awakening, turning a five shot deficit into a six shot victory through a run of seven winning ends collecting 15 points – ending 21-15.  Roger Hughes’ rink took the lead in end seven and never looked back, winning 16-13.  Messrs Stansfield and Burt were outgunned, losing 8-22 and 8-34 respectively.

Scores: V Matthews, M Green, K Pettit, 29-10; T Brown, T Simpson, R Newell, 21-13; M Batchelor, S Fisher, R Barron, 21-15; P Smith, D Collins, R Hughes, 16-13; T Counsell, C Wheller, D Stansfield, 8-22; B Dearden, R Thurkettle, K Burt, 8-34; overall 103-107.

In the Clevedon League at home to Portishead RBL, Wedmore again lost narrowly, 99-101 shots, whilst taking three of six rinks.  Colin Moss’ men were fast out of the blocks, scoring 12 points without reply in the first five ends.  Portishead reduced this to three points when the pendulum swung back to Wedmore who rattle up enough to win comfortably 22-12.  Ron Barron’s side had a slow start but a seven score on end seven brought them level and they were ahead two ends later.  The lead was stretched to make the win 18-11.  Scoring six on end five gave Portishead a seven point lead on Keith Pettit’s rink.  Undaunted, Wedmore put their heads down, scoring regularly and, helped by a five score, had the lead again by end ten. This was built on for a 21-16 victory.  Ray Newell’s men led during the first half, then it was nip and tuck but Portishead’s score of seven over the last three ends gave them the win at 14-22.  There were no dramas on for Skippers Hughes and Nicholls but their rinks couldn’t contain the opposition, losing 13-18 and 11-22 respectively.

Scores: V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 22-12; J Runciman, C Panchaud, R Barron, 18-11; C Heller, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 21-16; A Birch, T Brown, R Hughes, 13-18; T Simpson, G Annuik, R Newell, 14-22; B Aston, I Gallop, D Nicholls, 11-22; overall 99-101.

In yet another narrow defeat, Wedmore lost away to Portishead in the Weston League, 78-82 shots overall with  three all on rinks.  Keith Pettit’s lads took the lead on end thirteen, kept up the momentum and won 17-13.  Clive Panchaud and co. took the lead on end six and, after a close finish, kept their noses in front to win 16-14.  In another low scoring game, Roy Thurkettle’s men started well but the middle period of the game was closely fought, Wedmore losing the lead briefly but then did enough to win 14-12.  In a tight low scoring game, Dennis Stansfield’s outfit were in contention without quite getting in front and lost 11-14.  Ron Barron’s team lost the lead for the first time on end ten, drew level two ends later but a stronger finish by the opposition saw them win 11-14.  As the lead switched back and forth Keith Burt’s team were in contention but were beaten by a finishing spurt resulting in 9-15.

Scores: D Trow, M Green, K Pettit, 17-13; A Birch, C Wheller, C Panchaud, 16-14; T Collingwood, D Collins, R Thurkettle, 14-12; V Matthews, J Runciman, D Stansfield, 11-14; D Skelton, I Faulkner, R Barron, 11-14; P Smith, T Simpson, K Burt, 9-15; overall 78-82.

In the County League N3, the C Team played away to Bristol C, losing on all three rinks and 44-58 overall shots.  Jim White’s troupe looked well placed with a the score 12-4 at half way.  Unfortunately the scoring rate could not be maintained and they lost 15-18. Keith Burt’s outfit started slowly, nine down after eight ends, but pulled back  and a strong finish kept the damage to 15-18.  Dennis Stansfield’s side started very well with a six shot lead after five ends.  This buffer was gradually worn down and Bristol took the lead on end 12, pulling away to 14-22.

Scores: N Fowler, S Young, T Counsell, J White, 15-18; P Tinknell, T Shepherd, M Batchelor, K Burt, 15-18; S Wilkinson, T Collingwood, B Back, D stansfield, 14-22; overall 44-58.

The A Team played in County Premier League 1 at home to Clevedon, losing on all three rinks and overall by 45 shots to 70.  Ron Barron’s men came very close to victory, after leading for 16 ends and going into the final end with a four shot lead – but Clevedon scored five!  On roger Hughes’ rink, Clevedon led most of the way and already had a substantial lead when they scored six on end 16 leading to a loss of 14-25.  Dave Nicholls’crew lost the lead on end nine and their scoring rate fell and so lost 14-27.

A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, R Barron, 17-18; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes, 14-25; D Collins, G Annuik, C Moss, D Nicholls, 14-27; overall 45-70.


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