Dead end halts Madeira in their two rink tracks

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

One particular shot probably was the turning point for Honiton's semi-final victory over Madeira in the County Charles Parrott two rink competition for unbadged men writes Norman Oliver.

One particular shot probably was the turning point for Honiton's semi-final victory over Madeira in the County Charles Parrott two rink competition for unbadged men. At the ninth end, Honiton had led 13-4 on the home rink but watched this steadily eroded by fine play by the Madeira team, who gradually reduced the deficit to 13-11 on the 13th end. With the No 3 and skip to play on the 14th end with the visitors lying three shots, Sharman was asked to play a weighted running shot, with the result that the jack went off the side of the rink and resulted in a dead end. The Madeira team did not score another shot in the match, which finished up 30-11, after 20 ends. The away rink played well to hold Madeira to a nine shot lead, enough to get the team into the final at Madeira on April 12. Result Honiton 42, Madeira 32. Home: J Ritchie, A Chalk, E Sharman, K Lovering 30-11; Away: T Tooley, M Seeborne, S Hattam, D Russell 12-21.On Tuesday a good crowd of spectators enjoyed both the men's and ladies' club indoor singles championship finals. Sue Evans, winner of the title on several occasions, met first time indoor finalist Ann Hillyear, and Roger Binmore played Steve Dommett, also in his first indoor final. In the ladies' duel, Ann drew very well to be 6-1 up after five ends, but Sue came back well to take a three shot lead by the 12th. Ann really struck fine form at this point and left her opponent well behind with a succession of good scores to romp home 22-13. Congratulations Ann!Roger Binmore and Steve Dommett came together to decide the men's singles championship and Steve began in fine style with three shots on the first end. For the next six ends he kept the scoreboard going his way and was ahead 13-0. At this point it was Roger's turn to strike and by the 11th end he had reduced the deficit to 8-13. Curiously, from here to the finish, Roger scored on the odd ends and Steve on the even to finish a very good match 21-13. Congratulations to Steve. There was another disappointing performance in the final game of the season of the men's Exeter and District over -60s league v Madeira. Result: 60-77. Home: A Evans, K Parsons, E Sharman, G Selvey 12-19; A Tucker, D Hillyear, P Crockett, M Dart 11-25.Away: R Taylor, T Tooley, B Long, R Milner 18-20; J Ritchie, K Clarke, G Hoare, F Cowey 19-13.Juniors Hannah Morfey and Ashley Sampson took part in the Regional final for the School of Excellence at Isca on Sunday. Both played well and Hannah succeeded in becoming the top junior girl in the age 8 -14 group and received her youth development scheme medal. Well done Hannah! Other matches:Taunton Vivary (away), won 59-53. Top rink: J Ritchie, J Taylor, M Critchley, G Mahoney 26-12.Men v Madeira (home), lost 72-73. Top Rink: K Clarke, D Morris, G Hoare, T Young 22-15.

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