BOWLS: Westlecot ladies carry indoor hopes into 2013

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WESTLECOT ladies go into the new year still flying the flag for the Old Town club in national indoor team championship events.

They thumped Cotswold (Stroud) in a third-round Yetton Trophy tie on Thursday by 31 shots as they ran out 99-68 victors.

This success in the women’s national inter-club championship was achieved despite Westlecot only winning on two of the four rinks.

Westlecot’s two home quartets came up trumps with Wendy Anderson’s four producing a 32-shot victory while Jenny Vowles’ foursome registered a 22-shot success.

The 54-shot home advantage easily compensated for the one and 22-shot losses suffered by Doris Woodley and Jill Webb’s rinks in Stroud.

Across the board Westlecot made a flying start and were in charge throughout, leading 30-11 at five ends and 52-32 at 10.

Cotswold hit back slightly to cut the gap to 67-52 at 15 but then the Swindon club powered away to finally win by 31 shots at 21 ends.

Wendy Anderson’s rink aided by a hotshot (maximum score of eight shots) on the fifth end led 25-1 at 10 and just continued to pile up the shots, finally winning 39-7.

Equally impressive were Jenny Vowles’ foursome who led 16-5 at 10 ends and roared away to a 33-11 triumph.

Away in Stroud the Woodley rink led 6-1 at five ends but were 10-9 down at 10. They slipped to 17-11 adrift at 15 but rallied to cut the final loss to only 21-20.

However, Webb’s away quartet was always struggling and trailed 16-2 at 10 ends. They never recovered and finally lost 29-7.

Westlecot ladies’ Yetton side are the only one from the club in any of the 10 men’s, women’s and mixed national inter-club team competitions still running.

They progress into the fourth round (last 32) early in the new year and will face Warwickshire side Welford-on-Avon on January 3, who beat Rugby 81-64 in the last round.

Wiltshire ladies fared no better than the county men’s side, making a swift exit at the first hurdle in the Atherley Trophy, inter-county championship.

They crashed to a 40-shot loss as they went down 135-95 at Dorset on Sunday.

Wiltshire only took the honours in one of the six matches with the rink of Karen Funnell, Westlecot’s Jane Taylor, Irene Button and skip Alex Jacobs recording the lone success with a 16-13 victory.

The rink which included Westlecot’s Jenny Vowles and skipped by Wendy Anderson were joint next best but lost by four shots.

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