THE coronavirus pandemic has curtailed all play at Ilminster Bowling, Tennis and Snooker Club, with the club closing to members on Friday, March 20.

Many players were still involved in club, county and national competitions, all of which are now scheduled for a much later date.

Ilminster are in three county finals, with Oli Collins and Pete Mattravers in the men’s pairs, and Charlie Takle, Bill Short, Ian Lightfoot and Matt Hamilton in the men’s fours final.

Collins and Levi Hembrow will contest the U25 singles final, while Ilminster will play the semi-final of the Somerset Men’s Indoor County League against St Andrews.

Nationally, Collins, Debbie Hawker, Levi Hembrow and Kirsty Hembrow played in the finals of the mixed fours at Hartlepool, losing to Bromley (Kent) in the round of 16.

Ilminster’s ladies triples - Lyn Beale, Hawker and Kirsty Hembrow - have also reached the last 16 in the country, and are due to play Sutton (Surrey).

Chris Robinson and his team have made the men’s over-60 fours last 16, and will play White Oak (Kent).

Collins, Jonny Kingston and Levi Hembrow will play for Somerset in the final of the National Under-25 double rink against Durham, and Collins and Jamie Day are to play in the semi-final of the National Under-18 double triple rink competition for Somerset against Yorkshire.

Collins retained his Under-16 county singles title, and retained his Junior School of Excellence title for a fifth successive year, with Day, also from Ilminster, being runner-up in the senior section.

Ilminster Bowling, Tennis and Snooker Club is indebted to its members for continuing to support the club at this very difficult time, and looks forward to the time when all facilities are again available for everyone to enjoy.