WESTLECOT Indoor Club began a crucial period in national team competitions last week and recorded a 50 per cent win ratio.

The ladies won their fourth round Yetton Plate match comfortably against Cotswold (Stroud) but the men lost narrowly by two shots to West Berks (Newbury) in the last 16 of the Denny Plate.

The mixed team were whitewashed as they lost all five disciplines in their third round mixed national Top Club tie against Clarrie Dunbar (Frome), however, the senior men ended the period in style with a handsome win over Herts IBC (Watford) in their fourth round of the Over 60s double rinks competition.

Cotswold ladies have proved to be a thorn in the side of Westlecot ladies teams in recent seasons but the Old Town club produced a superb performance to win their Yetton Plate clash 90-60.

Westlecot took the honours on three of the four rinks, with the only losers being Wendy Anderson’s foursome.

Top winning rink was the home foursome led by Patricia Murray, followed closely by the away rink led by Janet Willis.

In the quarter-finals on January 20, Westlecot will meet Dorchester.

Westlecot men just missed out on making it a Plate double after they lost 82-80 against West Berks (Newbury) despite a stirring late revival.

Rink honours were shared 2-2, with Mike Titcombe’s quartet winning at home and Kyle Anderson’s rink away.

The mixed team were thumped by 39 shots by Clarrie Dunbar (Frome) in the last 32 of the Top Club competition and also lost all five disciplines – ladies, men’s two wood singles, mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours – to go down by 16 points to nil.

However, Westlecot bounced back to make it two national successes out of four with a superb 46-30 win over Herts IBC (Watford) in the senior men’s O60 double rinks event.

The away rink in Watford of Denis Holborow, John Wilson, Dave Matthews and John won their match 25-19, with the home quartet of Kevin Embling, Geoff Smith, Dave Snell and Mel Biggs triumphing 21-11.

The reward is a fifth round tie against West Berks (Newbury) on February 6.