CLARRIE Dunbar teams produced a mixed set of results last weekend in national team competitions, winning in the mixed Top Club event but losing in the men’s Denny Cup (inter-club championship).

Beaten finalists in the mixed Top Club last season Clarrie are still on course this season to try and better that statistic in the current campaign as they reached round four and the last 16 again last Sunday.

Dunbar made home advantage well and truly count booking their fourth round place with an awesome display whitewashing Wiltshire rivals Swindon Westlecot 16 points to nil.

Clarrie won all five disciplines, ladies and mens two wood singles (both worth two points each), and the mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours (all these events were worth four points each).

Top performers were the trio of Thelma Bailey, Wayne Snook and Andy Colebrooke who romped home in their mixed triples match 22-5.

Keith Bailey produced the second highest winning margin when taking his singles match 19-8 at 18 ends while the other three games were reasonably close affairs with six, four and one shot wins.

Clarrie Dunbar have been drawn at home again in the fourth round (last 16) against Hampshire side Victory A (Portsmouth) on Sunday, January 28 (10am). They will be looking to make home advantage count again.

It was a totally different story 24 hours earlier as Clarrie men crashed out of the Denny Cup losing by 14 shots to top Berkshire side Whiteknights IBC (Reading) despite sharing the rink honours 2-2.

A bad result at home at Standerwick from the Graham Shadwell foursome proved decisive in the final analysis as their 26 shots loss could not be compensated by the other rinks in the 64-78 scoreline.

Andy Colebrooke’s quartet won at home by 12 shots and Neil Collett’s four won away by six shots. But Keith Bailey’s rink lost away by six shots while Graham Shadwell’s rink crashed to a crucial 26 shots loss.

Clarrie Dunbar trailed overall throughout. They were 21-13 down at five ends, 42-37 down at 10 but only 54-50 down at 15. But Whiteknights then upped the pace moving 68-55 clear at 18 ends and won 78-64.

The Standerwick-based club may have lost in the Denny Cup but won in the Top Club, however, they still have an interest in one other national team competition, mixed Egham Trohy.

They face Bournemouth in the quarter-finals this Sunday, January 14 (10am), two rinks home at Clarrie and two away in Bournemouth.

Two seasons ago, Dunbar reached the semi-finals for the first time in a team competition but unfortunately lost their Egham Trophy semi-final against Swale (Sittingbourne, Kent).

The Dunbar club will be hoping for better fortunes this season.


Dunbar v Westlecot (Top Club at home) Two wood singles - Ladies: Teresa King beat Linda Perfitt 13-12. Men: Keith Bailey beat Denis Holborow 19-8. Mixed Pairs: Marcia Hartley & Neil Collett beat Jayne Croston & Chris Cheesley 16-12. Mixed Triples: Thelma Bailey, Wayne Snook & Andy Colebrooke beat Judy Hallard, Geoff Smith & Paul Kistle 22-5. Mixed Fours: Jeanette Wheeler, Debbie Shadwell, Russell Francis & Graham Shadwell beat Ginny Nash, Jenny Vowles, Terry Walton & Mike Titcombe 21-15.

Score: Clarrie Dunbar beat Westlecot 91-52 and by 16 pts to Nil.

Dunbar v Whiteknights (Denny Cup) Home - Rink 1: Andy Taylor, Jamie Shadwell, Wayne Snook & Graham Shadwell lost to Rob Newman 7-33. Rink 2: Chris Pewsey, Alan Brown, Dale Taylor & Andrew Colebrooke beat Duncan Christie 21-9.

Away - Rink 1: Mike Samuels , Brian Hawkins, John Freeman & Keith Bailey lost to Simon Jones 14-20. Rink 2: John Jones, Colin Easton, Duncan McGovern & Neil Collett beat Chris Hitt 22-16.

Score: Clarrie Dunbar lost to Whiteknights 64-78.

CHRISTIE MILLER ladies are through to the last 32 in the Mason Trophy, Over 60 double rink.

They are schedule to face North Wilts A in a round three local derby next Friday, January 19 (10am) – one rink at home in Melksham and one away in Chippenham.