DORCHESTER pummelled Honiton with a commanding 89-49 victory to reach the Vivienne Trophy quarter-finals in remarkable fashion.

With Dorchester safely into the semi-final of the Yetton Trophy the club hoped that the Vivienne squad could continue to progress into the last eight of their competition.

In the event, the 40-shot overall victory masked the fact that the match could have been much more competitive.

Playing at home, Chris Jones, Val Cornick and Hazel Newboult got the match under way and appeared well in control when leading 7-2 against Honiton skip Margaret Bright.

However, they later trailed 10-9. The game then ebbed and flowed until the final end when Honiton held a five-shot lead.

Newboult finished with a flourish by collecting four shots but the haul was enough to prevent a narrow 19-18 score.

The second home triple of Wendy Webb, Janine Scola and skip Jenny Trotman fared better as they progressed from 11-9, to finish 10 shots clear by recording a 19-9 win thanks to collecting shots on all of the final seven ends, against Honiton’s Ruby Veitch.

Regular away trio of Hazel Ryan, Judith King and skip Fran Dyer kept the Honiton rink skipped by Lilian Hurley Smith quiet.

Dyer scored a massive seven shots on the tenth end, only to then drop a five and a brace on the following ends, to have their lead reduced to two shots at 15-13. Dyer had to finally settle for a narrow 18-16 defeat.

A combined score of the three rinks gave Dorchester an acceptable seven-shot advantage, but Dorchester were creating mayhem on the fourth rink as the Vivienne top-scoring rink ran riot.

Honiton’s skip Sharon Kenny drew the short straw with a weakened side and felt the full force of Elaine Anthony, Sue Lofthouse and Dorchester’s ‘pocket battleship’ skip Kay Johns, who took full advantage of the situation by winning all but two ends in a record-breaking 36-3 slaughter.

Johns and company retained their remarkable unbeaten record in this year’s campaigns by adding to their previous victories of 25-3 and 29-5.

In the three games played to date, the Dorchester triple’s tally is an incredible 90 shots for and only 11 against.

Dorchester now hope to overcome the Palmerston club, based in Fareham, to gain a semi-final place for the second successive season.


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