The men had a strong victory away to Bloomfield A in the County Premier 1 League, taking two rinks and overall scoring 69 shots to 39. Ron Barron’s men won the first four ends and on to win 14 ends, overwhelming Bloomfield 32-12. Dave Nicholls’ side scored freely and won handsomely 26-9, whilst Colin Moss lost 11-18.
Scores: A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, R Barron, 32-12; T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, D Nicholls, 26-9; J White, D Stansfield, D Collins, C Moss, 11-18; overall 69-39.
The B Team won at home against Ashcombe C in County League N3, winning two rinks and overall by 57 shots to 48. At end 13 the prospects for Roy Thurkettle’s team
didn’t look good at 7-15 but they found something and went on to win all the remaining ends for 16 shots, including a five, to triumph 23-15. Clive Panchaud started slowly, eight down at end six, and then won the next six ends to be 11-9 up on end 12. Ashcombe went ahead on end 15 but a strong finish gave Wedmore the win for 19-15. Kevin Phillimore’s fellows found it hard to make an impact, came within two points and limited the damage to 15-18.
Scores: V Matthews, PD Rees, D Trow, R Thurkettle, 23-15; J Runciman, T Simpson, T Walker, C Panchaud, 19-15; C Heller, M Bachelor, S Fisher, K Phillimore, 15-18; overall 57-48.
Also at home in the same league, the C Team lost to Chew Stoke B on all three rinks and 47-57 overall. Tinkman and Burt both made a go of it but lost to stronger finishers, by 16-18 and 18-21 respectively whilst Collingwood went down 13-18.
Scores: N Fowler, S Young, T Counsell, P Tinknell, 16-18; D Skelton, N Shenton, T Shepherd, K Burt 18-21; C Wilde, B Back, D Luke, T Collingwood, 13-18; overall 47-57.
The men are through to the final of the Clevedon Cup, having beaten Portishead RBL in the semi 103 shots to 93 overall and by three to two on rinks with one tied. Roger Hughes’ gents were fast out of the blocks, winning the first six ends for 14 shots and cruised in for a mighty victory 24-7. Ron Barron’s boys took the lead with a five score on end four and never looked back winning easily 25-11. Colin Moss’ crew took the lead for the first time on end 11 and whilst it remained close, never lost it to win 17-15. Dave Nicholls’ side mostly trailed but claimed a 15 all tie by winning each of the last three ends by one shot. Eddie Payne’s people struggled, came level at end 16 but frustratingly fell behind 14-15. Keith Pettit’s rink failed to score until end nine which left them with an impossible task, duly losing 8-30.
Scores: I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes, 24-7; J Runciman, C Panchaud, R Barron, 25-11; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 17-15; T Simpson, D Wederell, D Nicholls, 15-15; A Birch, G Annuik, E Payne, 14-15; D Trow, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 8-30; overall 103-93.
Away to Long Ashton in the Clevedon Triples League, the men had a free scoring win by 125 shots overall to 63 and four to one on rinks with one tie. Colin Moss’ team won fourteen ends, including a six score, which left little room for Ashcombe to score enough and 31-9 was the result. Keith Pettit’s side opened with a five and a six and kept up the pressure to win 26-10. Roger Hughes’ bunch also started with a six and steadily grew that to 24-9 whilst Dave Nicholls’ lads were also in a scoring mood, never behind and conceding only five ends to win 19-7. Ron Barron’s group took the lead with a five on end 15 but had to settle for a draw 15-15, whilst Eddie Payne’s rink were in a close game with scores level at end 16, couldn’t hang on and lost 10-13.
Scores: J Runciman, D Collins, C Moss, 31-9; D Trow, D Stansfield, K Pettit, 26-10; T Brown, I Gallop, R Hughes, 24-9; C Wheller, C Pancchaud, D Nicholls, 19-7; S Fisher, J Harris, R Barron, 15-15; A Birch, G Annuik, E Payne, 10-13; overall 125-63.
The Ladies sparkled in a high scoring victory at home to Fosseway in the Ladies Triples League, 77-32shots overall and two to one on rinks. Remarkably, Trish Newell’s ladies won all except three ends, pounding the opposition for a 32-5 victory. Jenny Collingwood’s side took the first six ends in ten shots but Fosseway fought back to 11-10. Wedmore then took four of the last five ends and won 22-11. Maureen Hordle’s team started well, leading by eight after six ends but a long dry period allowed the other side to go two up with three ends to go and then win 13-16.
Scores: D Gallop, A Hughes, T Newell, 32-5; P Jenkins, P Beard, J Collingwood, 22-11; B Clark, M Barron, M Hordle, 13-16; overall 77-32.
Three matches in the Weston League resulted in one close win and two losses. At home to Portishead, the score was 47-43 shots overall and two to one on rinks. Trish Newell’s ladies retook the lead on end five and motored on to win 18-11. Maureen Hordle’s rink started slowly but took the lead on end five. A five score on end 11 put Wedmore out of reach and won 19-16 whilst Jenny Collingwood’s troupe were left behind in the second half and lost 10-16.
Scores: J Collins, M Trow, T Newell, 18-11; A Birch, P Beard, M Hordle, 19-16; B Clark, G Harvey, J Collingwood, 10-16; overall 47-43.
At home to Wessex Ladies, the score was 43-56, one to two on rinks. Elaine Deverill’s trio had a very close game where the lead changed hands seven times and Wessex were only one shot behind at end 16 – Wedmore’s four score settled their hash to win 22-19. Shirley Wederell’s group started slowly which left them seven shots in arrears at end eight when a commendable figh -back put them just one shot behind at end 14. The neck and neck finish went the other way for 14-15. On Jenny Collingwood’s rink they were firing blanks for the first five ends and never recovered, losing 7-22.
Scores: P Jenkins, T Newell, E Deverill, 22-19; AM Wilkinson, G Harvey, S Wederell, 14-15; D Gallop, J Wheller, J Collingwood, 7-22; overall 43-56.
Away at Congresbury, Wedmore were sunk with all hands, the score being 34-54 and 0-3 on rinks. Jenny Collingwood came closest to winning, recovering from a slow start to one shot behind at the penultimate end – but it was not to be and 13-15 resulted. Maureen Hordle’s crew struggled to 8-16 and whilst Carole Pettit’s people won as many ends as their opponents the margins were unequal leading to 13-23.
Scores: M Barron, P Beard, J Collingwood, 13-15; J Collins, J Hunt, M Hordle, 8-16;M Fisher, D Gallop, C Pettit, 13-23; overall 34-54.