CLARRIE Dunbar ladies side missed out on securing a first-ever national team championship title for the Standerwick club.

Not since the club opened its doors in 1985 has a ladies, men’s or mixed team managed to win a national team title.

And it is only in the past few years that a side from the Dunbar club has even reached the last four of a national team event.

In 2017, the mixed team lost in the Top Club final to Kent side Swale.

Last week, Clarrie ladies saw their hopes of becoming the first to win a national title halted in the semi-finals of the Mason Trophy O60s double rinks by the holders Lincoln & District.

Clarrie shared the rink honours, with the foursome of Ruth Jupp, Pam Trippick, Sue Bird and skip Jeanette Wheeler winning their match 17-9.

Unfortunately, it failed to wipe out the 26-8 loss suffered by the rink of Maggie Morgan, Ailsa Midwinter, Jo Dunford and skip Teresa King.

Clarrie trailed the Lincoln throughout the match overall and were 24-16 down after 10 ends, 25-19 after 12 and 30-20 adrift after 15 before finally losing 35-25 overall at 18 ends.

CLARRIE Dunbar men came off second best last Sunday in the battle of the heavyweights, losing to Plymouth 86-72 in the play-off final for the overall Wessex League title.

Central regional champions and four-time overall Wessex winners Clarrie were unable to prevent West region champions Plymouth scooping their sixth overall winners title since the turn of the century.

The result made Plymouth the most successful club in the 36-year history of the Wessex League.

Clarrie took the honours on one of the four rinks contested as the side led by Graham Shadwell beat the Ollie Lucas’s rink 21-18.

Keith Bailey’s rink went down narrowly 18-17 to Stuart Evans’ quartet, but Andy Colebrooke’s four lost 24-14 to Harry Goodwin and Wayne Snook’s squad lost to Mike Avent 26-20.

Clarrie trailed for most of the match but had closed the gap to only a few shots nearing the finish.

They then briefly led before Colebrooke’s rink dropped a six and Plymouth were back in front again before pulling clear again to finish as 14-shot victors.