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Woe for Westlecot
6:00am Saturday 8th September 2012 in Sport
WESTLECOT crashed out of the Wiltshire Men’s Four Rink League play-off semi-finals last Sunday, writes DAVE EATON.
The reigning champions and winners of the top county team competition for nine of the past 10 years were well beaten, going down 90-47 to Holt at Devizes.
The heavy defeat at the hands of Holt came as a very big surprise as there were only two changes to the team that beat Wootton Bassett in last year’s
four rink league play-off final.
And three quarters of the side thumped Holt 89-56 in the 2010 final at Wootton Bassett winning on all four rinks.
This time around though Holt gained revenge taking the honours on all four rinks, with Westlecot conceding after only 72 ends, to book their place in only their third ever final.
The final between Holt and Spencer Moulton will be played tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 2.30pm) at Devizes.
Highworth, the other local club in the semi-finals, fared no better as they lost on all four rinks at Chippenham Town when beaten 113-56 by Spencer Moulton
(Bradford on Avon).
It was a tall order for Highworth as they have only ever reached one final before, and that was way back in 1976 but still a fine achievement to reach the last four.
Highworth lost very heavily on one rink against Spencer Moulton but in two others came close to taking the honours.
Richard Young’s foursome dropped six shots on the last two ends to lose 19-21 despite leading 16-12 at 17 ends. Robbie Allen’s quarter conceded seven shots on the last four ends to lose 20-16
although leading 16-13 at 17 ends.
Westlecot v Holt
Rink 1: Mike Titcombe, Mike Shawyer, Jamie Titcombe & Mel Biggs lost to Rodney Summers, John Robertson, Kevin Oliver & Don Gray 15-20 (16 ends). Rink 2: Gary Jackson, Des Rideout, Paul Stokes & Mike Jackson lost to Matt Tucker, Robbie Jeffreys, Martin Oliver & Justin Davis 10-20 (18 ends). Rink 3: Craig Hatherall, Paul Sloman, Michael Richards & Graham Hatherall lost to Matt Snook, Malcolm Barker, Graham Archard & Keith Bailey 11-26 (20 ends). Rink 4: Paul Kistle, Matt Webster, Ray Sowden & Ian Jefferies lost to Wayne Simmonds, Adrian Bolwell, Wayne Snook & Ben Gadd 11-24 (18 ends).
Score: Westlecot lost to Holt 47-90 and 0pts-14.
Highworth v Spencer Moulton
Rink 1: John Jordan, Frank Etherington, Gary Mothersill & John White lost to Gary Fippen, Tim Wilkins, Kevan Farrer & Graham Shadwell 9-45. Rink 2: Gordon Pearce, Paul Barrow, Martin Hope & Rob Etherington lost to Peter Hooley, Den Jones, Tony Keating & Ian White 12-27. Rink 3: Mark Richman, Chris Mussen, Shaun Hicks & Richard Young lost to Fred Beckett, Eric Green, Ashley Keirl & Russell Francis 19-21. Rink 4: Kevin Carter, James Richman, Ian Thomas & Robbie Allen lost to Keith Westlake, Roger Green, Ian Francis & Steve Wiltshire 16-20.
Score: Spencer Moulton beat Highworth 113-56 and 14pts to 0.