Swindon hand county side an early shock

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By Western Daily Press | Wednesday, May 01, 2013, 09:00

April is the month when those still involved in indoor competitions tend to fight shy of venturing outdoors, where the greens are normally much slower – but most clubs have already launched their outdoor programmes.

Those who had not already done so, got underway last weekend with various President's Days or club friendlies, while Bowls Wiltshire's men even responded to a challenge from the Swindon & District association.

Played at Swindon West End, the match ended in a convincing win for the town association, who beat the county on four of the six rinks and by 141 shots to 112.

Men's county match at Swindon West End: Swindon & District bt Wiltshire 141-112 – Rink scores (Swindon skips first): A Clarke 24, K Evill 15; A Brewer 23, B Fredricks 18; A Penfold 31, J Smith 17; B Millin 10, G Milne 21; S Isted 26, S Gedge 32; J White 27, R Fernandes 9.

Somerset u25 team for the Four Counties tournament at St Martin's (Hereford) – Monday, May 6) Rink 1: Jack Fuidge (Clevedon Promenade), Jonathan Day (Fry's), Reece White (Knowle), Dale Taylor (Bath). Rink 2: Simon Fuiudge (Clevedon Promenade), Stephen Day (Fry's), Grant Aldridge (Clarence), Tom Shattock (Burnham-on-Sea) Rink 3: Jack Groves (Watchet), Evan Dando (Prattens), Levi Hembrow (Taunton Deane), Sam Steel (Watchet). Reserves: Tom Adams (Taunton Deane), Ashley White (Knowle), Liam White (Knowle).

Bristol & District League – Div One: G B Britton bt Bristol St Andrews 51-42 (9-1); Henleaze A bt BAC 50-34 (10-0); Redland Green bt Yate A 58-51 (8-2); Greenbank bt Knowle A 51-45 (8-2); Bristol A bt Weston (Bath) 57-39 (10-0). Div Two: Avonmouth bt Willmott Park 49-44 (8-2); Ardagh bt Bristol B 45-42 (6-4); Knowle B bt Avonvale53-27 (10-0); Olveston bt Keynsham A 72-33 (10-0); Bristol Arrow bt Begbrook A 50-44 (8-2). Div Three: Fry's bt Severn Vale 52-44 (6-4); Canford bt Kingswood & Hanham 55-46 (9-1); Long Ashton bt Imperial 48-42 (8-2); Page Park A bt City & Port of Bristol 51-44 (8-2); Henleaze B bt St Anne's Park 56-46 (6-4). Div Four: Greenbank B bt Henleaze C 67-30 (10-0); Knowle C bt Begbrook B 68-31 (10-0); Page Park B bt Keymsham B 49-34 (9-1); Victoria Park bt Yate B 46-43 (8-2); Bradley Stoke bt St Andrew's Park 42-35.8 (8-2).

Sadly, but inevitably, the winter took its toll, depriving the sport of some great characters, who have given stalwart service on and off the green.

On Monday, the pews at Weston Crematorium were packed with mourners saying goodbye to John Momber, whose top achievement on the green was to qualify for Worthing once, in the fours, some 20 years ago, but who died last week after a short illness.

His greatest contribution to bowls was as a county and national umpire – and he will be sorely missed at the famous Clevedon club, where he was a hard-working and diligent club secretary for 22 of the last 27 years.

Bristol bowlers will remember his late wife, Muriel Momber, who won the national women's triples title with her St Andrews clubmates Penny Kauz and Olive Williams at Leamington in 1977.

Other prominent casualties over the past winter included Somerset's Brian Deverill and Richard Milton, Gloucestershire's David Winters, Scott Thomlinson and Les Webb, and former Wiltshire women's county president Pauline Watson and fellow Moonrakers like Hugh Deacon and John Nash.

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