Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Victory Cup competition is one of the most important events on the Budleigh summer calendar and each year eight local clubs are invited to send teams to play against the home bowlers in a round-robin format.
Blessed with good weather and with captain John Vanstone presiding over things, the cup was won this year by the team from Exonia, with Ottery St Mary in second place.
The most successful of the home sides were those skipped by Gerry Roberts (plus six) and , and Allan Cottle (plus five).
An enjoyable afternoon’s bowling was punctuated by a superb tea, - thanks to all concerned in it’s preparation.
A five-rink rink triples friendly versus Rotherfield Tourists ended with Budleigh winning on three rinks, but losing by 72 shots to 77.
Tony Dealler skipped the best of the home rinks and with Colin Nex and Joan Cowing won by 20 shots to 13. Our other winners were skipped by David Blackwell (plus four) and Alan Pearson (plus two).
Budleigh’s A squad in the third division of the Over-60s Triples League have gained two points from each of two recent matches.
At Phear Park, John Vanstone, Graham Ellis and Allan Cottle won by 22 to 14, but overall the match was lost by just four shots.
In the second match, although Paul Griffin, Graham Ellis and Allan Cottle won by seven shots, second-placed Sidmouth were the winners by 34 to 26.
In Division Seven the Budleigh B squad travelled to Uffculme and returned with two points courtesy of Peter Hillman, Alan Pearson and Mike Shaw who won their match by 18 shots to 12.
Recent results from the club’s internal championships include Rod Davidson’s progression to the quarter finals of the open singles and the semi-finals of the men’s handicap singles. Burges Stace is through to the semi-final of the men’s singles and Alf Wallen is now in the third round of the handicap singles.
Susan Blackwell and Tony Stone have advanced to the semi-finals of the mixed pairs and Arthur Morgan and Graham Ellis have won their latest match in the men’s pairs.