BRIDPORT Ladies put up a great fight in their closely-contested Yetton Plate semi-final match against Surrey side Sutton before bowing out 82-69 overall at the neutral Atherley Green venue in Southampton.

Before the contest, Bridport suffered a big blow with the withdrawal of Ann Turtell, who was unable to play a four-hour match. Otherwise, Bridport fielded a full-strength side but victory proved elusive.

After 18 ends the scores were locked at 69-69 and either team had the match at their mercy before two dropped five counts ended Bridport’s hopes.

Elsewhere, Bridport’s mixed friendlies side romped to a 106-34 overall win over outdoor club Chardstock.

Daniel Humphries, Brian Parker, Nova Varney and Jill Willcox registered a record highest-ever winning rink, returning a 46-4 scoreline.

Sylvia and Mike Fletcher, Peter Varney and Alan Wotherspoon won 24-7 while Beryl Stork, Malcolm Mackenzie, Mike Stephenson and Bob Willcox triumphed 21-11 before Cheryl Mackenzie, Jim Kelly, Brian Pratt and Keven Rendell took a slender 15-12 win.

Although losing heavily in their six-rink mixed friendly at Dorchester, Bridport did win on two rinks as Cheryl Mackenzie,

Peter Varney, Alan Lawton and Roger Gale won 26-11 and Malcolm Mackenzie, Mike Cash, Sharon Heath and Keven Rendell came from 7-0 down to win 20-13.

Bridport Yetton squad: Julie Bright, Pat Cornick, Margaret Clapp, Lyn Craddock, Pamela Daters, Helen Dowling, Gill Hunt, Barbara Jenkins, Annie Legg, Anne Parkins, Tracey Marley, Mary Marsh, Sheila Nicoll, Margeret Pestelle, Laura Taylor, Ann Turtell, Liz Walker, Sue Walsh.