Dream ends in semis blow

ROYSTON S impressive run in the McMullen Cup came to an end with the tightest of semi final defeats against Rosedale BC. In the match at St Albans-based Townsend BC, Royston pulled away early on all three rinks, but a strong Rosedale team fought back. O

ROYSTON'S impressive run in the McMullen Cup came to an end with the tightest of semi final defeats against Rosedale BC.

In the match at St Albans-based Townsend BC, Royston pulled away early on all three rinks, but a strong Rosedale team fought back.

On rink two Brian Pepper, Terry Hollands, Derek Goodwin and Mick O'Flanagan struggled to contain their opponents, and eventually went down 20-10.

However, on rink one, Simon Lee, Keith Dockree, Don Sheriff and Stewart Brown led from the off, and with a superb display of intelligent bowling ran out 24-19 winners.

And in a close game on rink three, Matt Coppen, Mel Flack, Laurie Ramsay and Peter Adams almost snatched a late victory in an entertaining match.

And despite a 22-18 victory, Rosedale had enough points overall to finish the tie 57-56 winners.

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Royston also dropped points in the Meldreth and District League, with a 71-55 defeat to Duxford.

However, the club's flagging confidence was boosted with a win in the MDL a few days later when Royston beat Sawston 70-51.

The Vets also chalked up a win with a 98-46 victory over Shephalbury, with captain Jim While inspiring his team with his leadership.

- WITH one game left of the C&D League Bassingbourn went down to Haddenham this week.

On rink two, despite leading 6-3 Maureen Hammond, Joe Cipullo and Dave Lester dropped eight shots to lose by 9-17, while on rink three Don Slater, Don Laing and Bill Manley also went down after a hard fought match to lose 13-11.

However, it was left to Anne Brown, Sid Manning and Ken Clark to make the highlight of the night for Bassingbourn.

On rink four, despite trailing 13-10, skip Clark inspired his team with a superb conversion to pick up five shots to hold on to a point.

On rink five Brian Hunt, Andy Brown, and Graham Parrish had a tight game and dropped four shots on end 12 to make Haddenham winners by two shots.

n MELDRETH Bowls Club played host to the Cambridgeshire Ladies Finals, with club member Barbara Clutterbuck winning the Two-Wood Singles title.

Against Eileen Taylor of Newmarket, Clutterbuck came out on top after a tight game to win 13-12 after 21 ends.

Record breakers Dorothy Bowers, Sue Alexander and Ellen Faulkner of Ely Bowls Club - the first three generation team to win a national championship in any sport - were also in action with a 21-8 win over a Cottenham team.

Faulkner also won the Four-Wood Singles title, beating Sara Matthews of March.

RESULTS

Foxton Afternoon League

Bassingbourn 52 (2pts) Meldreth 52 (3pts)

Meldreth names first) Rink One: D Barclay, R Small, G Gunton 22; Roy 16. Rink Two: K Pryke, M Cross, D Brunsdon 21; Vic 13. Rink Three: S Lambert, H Spraggett, S Chapman; Fred 23.

Histon 41 (1pt) Meldreth 44 (4pts)

(Meldreth names first) Rink One: A Mead, H Spraggett, Chapman 21; T Douglas 14. Rink Two: K Pryke, M Chapman, G Gunton 8; K Smith 13. Rink Three: R Brooksbank, D Peacock, D Brunsdon 15; D Shelbourn 14.

Sawston 61 (4pts) Meldreth 40 (1pt)

(Meldreth names first) Rink One: A Mead, H Spraggett, S Chapman 11; Geoff 20. Rink Two: M Chapman, R Small, G Gunton 19; Roy 13. Rink Three: K Pryke, D Peacock, D Brunsdon 10; Maurice 28.

Foxton 48 (4pts) Meldreth 45 (1pt)

(Meldreth names first) Rink One: G Burns, H Spraggett, S Chapman11; Brian 21. Rink Two: D Lambert, M Chapman, G Gunton 19; Les Shelford 11. Rink Three: K Pryke, D Peacock, D Brunsdon 15; Joe Cox 16.