BOWLS: Clarrie Dunbar beat Westlecot in Top Club competition
Clarrie Dunbar eased into the second round of the Top Club Mixed National Knockout Competition with a 14-2 points win at Swindon-based Westlecot.
The victory was built on robust performances in the triples and fours rinks. Skips Keith Bailey and Graham Shadwell oversaw 23-17 and 19-11 wins respectively.
The one-shot success by Debbie Shadwell and Andrew Colebrooke in the pairs contest decided the contest.
Having surged into a 13-4 lead at the halfway point, the Clarrie pair saw their lead diminish as Westlecot fought back to lead 16-13 with three ends to play. Digging deep, the Clarrie pair took a 5-1 shot advantage over the last three ends to win 18-17.
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Equally important was the victory by Thelma Deane in the ladies' singles. She came from 10-4 down after 11 ends to eventually win 15-12.
The men's singles was the only rink Clarrie failed to win, with Russell Milne falling to a 18-16 defeat.
Clarrie will play Clevedon in the next round after they beat North Wilts 10-6.
The club will kick-off their involvement in the second national club events of the year when they take on Thornbury in the Ladies Over-60s Double Rink event on Friday.
A mixed four-rink friendly will be held on Saturday with the annual visit of the Somerset County Indoor Patrons.
On Sunday, Clarrie take on last year's champions Yeovil in the opening match of the Somerset County League season.
For more information about Clarrie Dunbar Indoor Bowling Club, visit www.clarrie.co.uk, find and like them on Facebook, call 01373 830092 or pop into the clubhouse in Standerwick near Frome.