The Ladies had two good away wins, the first, a close match against Clarence in the Weston Ladies League, when the score was two-one on rinks and 49-46 on overall shots. The clubs agreed to a 15 end match due to the intense heat. Trish Newell’s ladies led from end two to end 15, although their lead was cut to two shots with two ends to go but prevailed 17-11. Elaine Deverill’s women also led from end two, had a lead of ten shots at end nine and held off a finishing challenge from Clarence to win 21-16. Pam Beard’s rink lost their early lead on end seven, pulled back to 11 all on end 11 but were defeated by Clarence scoring eight over the last four ends – 11-19.
Scores: FD Rees, J Wheller, T Newell, 17-11; B Disbrey, M Hordle, E Deverill, 21-16; B Clark, J Hunt, P Beard, 11-19; overall 49-46.
Away to Victoria White in the Triples League, in another 15 end match, Wedmore won by two rinks to one and 43-37 on overall shots. Shirley Wederell’s side looked comfortable, leading throughout and winning convincingly 18-7. Jenny Collingwood and co. had a very close game, taking the lead via a five on end three, the score was levelled on end seven but Victoria were held off until end 13 when they took the lead 10-11. Wedmore showed some fortitude, winning the last two ends and taking the game 14-11. Marie Trow’s team conceded a five on end two and never really recovered, winning their share of ends in the middle of the game but not by enough to catch up and eventually went down 11-19.
Scores: FD Rees, J Hunt, S Wederell, 18-7; AM Wilkinson, T Newell, J Collingwood, 14-11; M Davies, M Barron, M Trow, 11-19; overall 43-37.
Wedmore B played Victoria C away in the men’s County League N3 and took all the points, winning all three rinks and overall by 78 shots to 39. Greg Annuik’s men took the lead on end three and just kept scoring to win 14 of 21 ends and the game 25-8. Consistency also paid off for Roy Thurkettle’s chaps, taking the lead on end seven, winning nine of the remaining ends with a flourish of a five score to triumph 29-14. Kevin Phillimore and fellows took the lead for the second time on end seven and went on to rattle up a score of 24 shots to the opposing 17.
Scores: R Bull, T Simpson, C Panchaud, G Annuik, 25-8; V Matthews, M Green, D Trow, R Thurkettle, 29-14; C Wheller, J Runciman, S Fisher, K Phillimore 24-17; overall 78-39.
In the County Premier 1 the men’s A team celebrated an away win at Portishead RBL A, one to two on rinks and 62 shots to 54 overall. Roger Hughes and his men laid the foundation, taking the lead on end three, collecting a six on end six and finishing with a five, fending off a challenge that came within two points along the way, to triumph 27-17. Dave Collins lads took the lead for the second time on end nine, lost it at 16 and were then hanging on, helped by winning the last three ends and scoring five shots to keep the loss down to one shot at 19-20. Ron Barron’s men trailed most of the game but came back from a nine shot deficit on end 13 to within two of the opposition at end 17 with a stirring closely fought finish, ending 16-17.
Scores: T Brown, I Gallop, G Annuick, R Hughes, 27-17; B Aston, D Collins, C Moss, D Nicholls, 19-20; A Birch, K Burt, K Pettit, R Barron,16-17; overall 62-54.
Away to Clarence Blue in the Weston Triples League, the men won three of six rinks and overall by 101 shots to 85. Brian Aston’s guys took the lead from the start but lost it at end nine and at end ten it was 8-13. Then something improbable happened – Wedmore shut out Clarence for the remaining eight ends scoring 20 shots for a remarkable victory 28-13. Ron Barron’s boys took the lead for the second time on end seven, piled up the shots, ending with a six and despite a four end dry spell at the end, won 21-13. Keith Pettit and co. led from start to finish, winning ends mostly by small margins and delivering the victory 13-10. Clive Panchaud’s people were also in a low scoring game, taking the lead for the third time on end 12 but losing it with scores level on ends 15 and 17 but Clarence scored the decisive single shot to win 13-14. Tony Brown’s team started well but lost the lead on end seven, when it was touch and go to end 16 with Wedmore only two shots down but narrowly lost 13-16. Stuart Fisher’s rink struggled to make an impact and went down by six shots.
Scores: V Matthews, I Gallop, B Aston, 28-13; T Collingwood, A Birch, R Barron, 21-13; R Bull, B Cottrell, K Pettit, 13-10; C Wheller, D Collins, C Panchaud, 13-14; T Shepherd, D Barnett, T Brown, 13-16; R Grant, J Runciman, S Fisher, 13-19; overall, 101-85.
In the Clevedon Triples League the men lined up their fourth successive away win at Portishead, taking rinks 5-1 and overall shots by 130-89. David Wederell’s men took the lead for the second time in the course of a nine end spell of wins, including a five and which provided 22 shots, the key to their fine victory 28-14. Colin Moss’ crew scored two fives along the way but it was only on end 15, when they took the lead for a second time that a win looked likely, which was duly delivered by scoring 13 over the last four ends – 25-13. Dave Nicholls’ mates didn’t take the lead until end eight and at end 13 it was 11-9 but then Wedmore piled on the pressure, scoring ten shots over the last five ends for a clear win 21-10. Dennis Stansfield’s lot trailed in the first half but made it competitive in the second and coming from behind to stun Portishead with a six on the last end to win 20-16. Ray Newell’s lads conceded a five and had to work hard to catch up, which they did on end 12, putting together a sequence of ten shots which was the basis of their 18-15 win. Eddie Payne’s people started well but were caught by end ten with the scores level then a six score put them back in the lead only to be passed on end 14 and just lost 18-21.
Scores: D Trow, R Thurkettle, D Wederell, 28-14; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 25-13; T Simpson, T Brown, D Nicholls, 21-10; D Barnett, D Stansfield, R Barron, 20-16; C Wheller, J Runciman, R Newell, 18-15; B Aston, S Fisher, E Payne, 18-21; overall 130-89.
At home in the County League N3 the B team beat Bristol C two to one on rinks and 68-56 on overall shots. Kevin Phillimore’s side went out fast, scoring eight shots in the first seven ends and, juiced by a five score on end 11 to give an eight shot lead, the stage was set for a disciplined finish of scoring eight shots in a seven end sequence to crush Bristol 25-12. Clive Panchaud and pals led throughout, winning ten of the first 16 ends for a seven shot lead, extending that to finish 25-16. Roy Thurketle’s rink gave up a five and the lead on end eight and were unable to pull back as Bristol finished strongly to win 18-28.
Scores: C Wheller, J Runciman, R Grant, K Phillimore, 25-12; R Bull, D Barnett, P Smith, C Panchaud, 25-16; V Matthews, PD Rees, S Fisher, R Thurkettle,18-28; overall 68-56 shots.
Away to Winscombe in the Turnbull Cup, the men won two of the four ends but were knocked out by the overall shot score 77-87. Keith Burt and his men will remember this fixture for a long time. At end 14 the score was 14 all when Wedmore suffered the indignity of conceding eight. Then something extraordinary happened as Wedmore scored 13 over the last six ends to win 27-22. Roger Hughes’ team were in a ding dong with several lead changes and the score 11 all at end 11, when a Wedmore surge opened up a seven point lead for victory 23-17. Ron Barron’s squad trailed in the first half, held the lead briefly on end13 and couldn’t hold on as Bristol pushed to win 14-22. Eddie Payne’s rink had a seven end drought in the first half and as a result were 12 shots down. The second half was better but not enough to prevent a 13-20 Bristol win.
Scores: T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes, 23-17; J Runciman, C Panchaud, G Annuick, K Burt, 27-22; D Collins, C Wheller, C Moss, R Barron, 14-22; B Aston, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne, 13-20; overall 77-87.
Away in the Weston Triples League to St Andrews the men lost two rinks to four and by 83 shots to 121 overall. Clive Panchaud’s troup drew level at end eight by scoring six and seized the day by taking the led to the last end, winning 23-15. Dennis Stansfield’s side grabbed the lead on end 13 for the third time and won five of the remaining ends to win 17-11. Roy Thurkettle’s men were hit for seven on end eight and took a little time to recover but creditably they did so, drawing level on eight 12. Unfortunately for Wedmore there was then a dry run of five ends resulting in a loss 14-23. Brian Aston’s boys led at first but a drought of ten ends led to 10-20. Skippers David Wederell and Keith Pettit couldn’t come to terms with their opponents, losing by 13 and 17 shots respectively.
Scores: T Collingwood, J Runciman, C Panchaud, 23-15; V Matthews, T Simpson, D Stansfield, 17-12; R Grant, D Barnett, R Thurkettle, 14-23; B Dearden, D Collins, B Aston, 10-20; M Bachelor, I Faulkner, D Wederell, 11-24; D Trow, B Cottrell, K Pettit, 11-28; 82-121 overall.
The C team entertained Victoria C in the County League N3, won one rink to two and lost overall by 61-87 shots. Jim White and co. were level at end ten, down seven at end 16 but then found some traction, scoring 14 including a six over the last five ends to win 25 to 19 – a two points consolation prize for a squad only in their second league season. Dennis Stansfield’s side were in contention in the first half but were ten down at end 15. A resurgence of ten shots in the last six ends suggested points might be won but in the end it was 21-22. Tony Shepherd and team-mates will wish to forget the experience of going under 15-46.
Scores: B Dearden, N Fowler, T Counsell, J White, 25-19; S Wilkinson, I Faulkner, M Batchelor, D Stansfield, 21-22; T Collingwood, D Skelton, S Young, T Shepherd, 15-46; overall 61-87 shots.
The Mixed Friendly squad won at home to Paulton three to one on rinks and 102-63 overall. Clive Wheller’s all male rink won 29-7. Mike Green and friends were six shots behind at end 12 but then put in a brilliant sequence to win eight of the remaining ends to claim 23 shots, including a six and a seven, and win 30-14. Marie Trow’s troops took the lead on end nine and pressed on to score heavily in the second half, including a six for a big win 28-14. Jenny Collingwood’s rink looked to be on their way after scoring a seven to take the lead on end seven but Paulton came back to overtake on end 11 and continued on to win 15-28.
In a triples Friendly at home against a touring side from Ashstead, the men lost one-three rinks and by 47-75 shots overall. On Mike Green’s winning rink the lead changed hands five times in a closely fought contest and with immaculate timing, Wedmore took the lead for the third time on end 16, winning 13-12. In another close low scoring rink, Stuart Fisher’s group had a go but were down eight shots at end 11, pushed back hard but didn’t quite make it, losing 12-14. John Runciman’s men mostly led but when the visitors overtook on end 13 they went on to win 13-17. Keith Burt’s trio had a nightmare experience of losing 9-32.