THE fine Egham Trophy run is over for the Westlecot mixed team, while Swindon Manor men’s Wessex League campaign suffered another defeat last weekend .

Westlecot’s Trophy campaign came to an abrupt end on Monday evening 50-81 at the hands of Somerset side Clarrie Dunbar, the losing quarter-finalists last season and beaten semi-finalists two years ago.

The whole outcome of the match rested on one of the rinks at Clarrie Dunbar.

Neil Smith’s home rink at the Old Town club won 22-9, while Mel Biggs home rink went down 17-11 and Mike Titcombe’s four lost 20-14 at Clarrie.

This gave Westlecot a plus-one shot winning margin. However, their hopes of success were blown away as the other away rink skipped by Chris Cheesley was thrashed 35-3 by the Dunbar home foursome, skipped by ex-England international Graham Shadwell.


Westlecot v Clarrie Dunbar (Egham Trophy)

Home - Rink 1: Ginny Nash, Judy Hallard, Terry Walton & Mel Biggs lost to Teresa King, Shirley Samuels, Craig Doughty & Keith Bailey 11-17. Rink 3: Wendy Anderson, Jenny Vowles, Graham Hatherall & Neil Smith beat Jo Dunford, Nicola Ratcliffe, Wayne Snook & N Collett 22-9.

Away - Rink 2: Jayne Croston, Sheila Kenny, Tom Pittuck & Chris Cheesley lost to Jeanette Wheeler, Debbie Shadwell, Russell Francis & Graham Shadwell 3-35. Rink 3: Lucy and Katy Smith. Phil Gregory & Mike Titcombe lost to Thelma Bailey, Nesta Parfitt, Dale Taylor & Andy Colebrooke 14-20.

Score: Westlecot lost to Clarrie Dunbar 50-81.

Swindon Manor's men lost in the east region of the Wessex League.

After starting with a flourish and beating Carterton in their opening game, Manor lost game number two to Chipping Norton and went down again last Sunday morning to Hampshire side Loddon Vale (Basingstoke).

They managed to share the rink honours 2-2 winning on both home rinks, but lost out as Loddon Vale racked up more shots using home advantage to the full.

Skip Stuart Murray’s rink won at home by eight shots 23-15 and Geoff Porte’s quartet by five shots in a 21-16 win. However, away Carl Fernandes went down by 24 shots and Roy Major by 19 shots.

Manor only collected four out of the 16 points on offer.

They will be seeking to bounce back tomorrow (Sunday) when they face Oxford & District in their fourth east region match.


Manor v Loddon Vale (Wessex League)

Home: Stuart Murray beat Steve Shaw 23-15.Geoff Porte beat Brian Sparkes 21-16. Away: Carl Fernandes lost to Gary Lovett 6-30. Roy Major lost to Trevor Morgan 12-31.

Score: Swindon Manor lost to Loddon Vale 62-92 and by 4pts to 14.


Swindon Manor v Oxford & District (Wessex League tomorrow)

Home - Rink 1: Jim Ennis, Danny Harvey, David Murray & Richard Young. Rink 2: Robbie Ferguson, Graham Richards, Paul Cooper & Stuart Murray. Away - Rink 1: Kevin Mitchell, Mick Kilburn, Carl Fernandes & Geoff Porte. Rink 2: Steve Townsend, Chris Payne, Kevin Hillier & Tony Rivers.

THE Smith sisters, Lucy and Katy, from the Westlecot indoor club are out of this season’s ladies national U25 championship.

Katy, 20, won the U25 title last season at City of Ely beating her elder sister Lucy, 22, in the final.

However, the pair both saw their hopes of success this season end in tie-breakers in the west regional final played at City and County of Bristol IBC last Sunday.

Katy won her first-round match beating Caitlyn Barnes (Plymouth) 2-0 in sets, but went out in the sectional decider 2-1 to Dorchester’s Louise Woodrow.

She won the first set 8-6 but lost the second 9-4 to send the game into a best of three ends tie breaker.

In the third and deciding end Smith held game but saw her hopes of reaching the final stages again at City of Ely disappear as Woodrow drew the shot with the last wood for victory.

Lucy lost out to Whiteknight’s Morgan Merryweather 2-1 in a close first-round game.

She won the first set 8-7, but lost the second by an identical score and went down in the best of three tie breaker 2-0.

The four players from the west regional final at Bristol, who progress to the last 16 and U25 national finals are Cathy Edwards (Whiteknights, Reading), Louise Woodrow (Dorchester), Cassidy Lenton (Torquay Utd) and Imogen Cracknell (St Andrews, Weston-Super-Mare).

TWO PLAYERS - Neil Smith and Craig Hatherall from Westlecot - will be bidding to win the Open Singles Grand Final next weekend at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, the annual home of the world indoor bowls championships in January for the last 18 years .

A total of 32 players will compete for a prize pot of over £5000 in the OSC grand final with the winner receiving £1600 and the runner-up £800.

Smith, ranked number 20 for this year's grand final, is a previous runner-up on two occasions, but for youngster Hatherall ranked 22 it will be his first appearance at a grand final.

The 32 players will be divided into eight groups of four players and compete in a round robin group. The top two in each group progress to the last 16 and knockout stages.

The draw will be made next Friday evening at Potters.