Madeira through to the last eight of the Top Club competition

PUBLISHED: 08:48 05 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:48 05 September 2013

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There is good news and bad news to report from Madeira this week, writes Matt Marriott.

Firstly the men’s Foxlands semi final was lost by 15 shots to Crediton who then went on to beat Kings, Torquay and retain the title.

All credit to our team for getting that far. But, good news, Madeira have won through the quarter finals of the Top Club, beating Bideford by one shot and going through to the semi-finals and finals to be held at Madeira on September 28. Should be a good day! Feel free to come and support them.

The Over-60s is drawing to a close and as of week 16 the A team sit top of Division One, the B team lie third in Division Two, the C team are ninth in Division Six, the D team hold eighth position in Division Seven and the E team sit second in the same Division and are due for promotion.

The Wednesday evening Triples saw Mike Marks team D with Ian Sowden, Mike Baldwin, Sandy Worcester and Ian Edgecumbe soar away to a well deserved first place.

The Friday Night Umbrella had Paul Wratton running away with the title. Well done, to all those who took part.

The Edwin Putt Trophy for bowlers with two years and under experience, proved to be a day of good bowling in good spirit with the final between the winner of Group A playing Group B winner who were Janet Grundy playing last years winner David Tucker. A good gallery saw Grundy take the game nine shots to four to lift the trophy. A big thank you must go to the organisers and especially those ladies in the kitchen all day who kept us fed and watered. A good day for all with some very good bowling!

There were three friendly matches this week. First up an away game at Tiverton West End which the home side won by six shots at 115-121, the best Madeira rink, skipped by Vee Bevan with Sandy Worcester, John Hopkins and Ken Roberts, landed a 17 shot victory at 29-12.

Dawlish Marina brought four mixed rinks for the return match, but went home defeated by 19 shots with the most damage being caused by Eileen Bagley with Colin Hughes, Pat Wilkins and John Spearing at 28-14 (plus 14). The last of the week was a visit by the City and Port of Bristol who brought 10 mixed rinks, but lost to Madeira by 54 shots at 210-156. The biggest contribution was Colin Healy skipping his team of Fay Hughes, Gordon Medlock and Anne Doidge to a 37 shot win over their opposition at 42-5. Madeira won five rinks drew one and lost four.

They did, however enjoy a buffet laid on for them before the game. So we sent them back to import more Japanese cars!

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