WESTLECOT’S senior men are through to the third round in the Over-60s inter club double rink competition.

After a win over Northamptonshire side Brackley in round one, they followed it up earlier this week with a 10-shots victory over Banbury, beating them 38-28.

The home foursome of Kevin Embling, Geoff Smith, Dave Snell and Mel Biggs laid the foundations for the overall win with a 21-8 victory despite dropping a four on the 15th end.

Yet, in Banbury, the Westlecot rink of Denis Holborow, John Wilson, Mike Shawyer and skip Terry Walton struggled for most of the game and were 20-5 down after 13 ends.

However, they roared back strongly from the 14th end to cut the deficit to 20-17 when Banbury, trailing at the Old Town club 21-8, conceded the tie.

Westlecot now face Handy Cross, from High Wycombe, in the next round, which is scheduled to take place on December 12.

The Old Town club are also still running in two other national team competitions - the Denny and Yetton Plates.

In the men’s Denny Plate, they were scheduled to play Somerset club Isle of Wedmore IBC (near Cheddar) next Saturday in a third round tie but the match has been brought forward a week to today so as not to clash with next weekend’s Westlecot Open Singles Tournament.

The ladies’ Yetton Plate game on December 9 against West Berks (Newbury) has also been postponed because of the Westlecot Open Singles but also because of weekend closures in December to the M4 motorway around the Newbury area.

A new date for the tie has yet to be agreed between the two clubs.

However, Westlecot’s ladies are out of the Mason Trophy - the ladies Over-60s double rinks competition.

They lost last Friday on the last end of their match, going down to Cotswold (Stroud) by one shot, losing overall 32-31.

  • THE SEVENTH annual Westlecot Open Singles Tournament will be staged next weekend at the Old Town indoor club.

A high quality field of 64 players has been assembled, headed by four players - Robert Paxton (England), Mark Royal (England), Les Gillett, England) and Welshman Jason Greenslade - in the top 16 of the world rankings, who will compete in the annual Westlecot Indoor Open Singles Tournament which again forms part of the national Open Singles Circuit.

The tournament carries a top prize of £1,000 for the winner and £500 to the runner-up in a prize pot of over £2,300.