Budleigh men in fine Over-60s performance

PUBLISHED: 11:43 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 August 2018

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3930. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3930. Picture: Terry Ife


Promotion to Division Two of the Exeter and District Over-60s Triples League last season always meant this campaign would be a challenging one for the Budleigh men, writes David Roberts.

In their latest outing, the team took on table-topping Ottery A, against whom they dished up a superb performance that also means they confirmed their berth at the same level next year!

With two matches to play, safety is confirmed with what looks like a mid-table finish and some good wins against top teams.

The performance against Ottery highlighted the right for Budleigh to be in this league and, whilst the result was a draw, the Budleigh men were disappointed not to take the overall win as at one stage this looked odds on. Tony Barnes, Gerry Roberts and Andrew Cardy took their rink by storm early on, leading 18-4, only to allow the Ottery team to win the last eight ends. They bravely held on to win 18-17; nonetheless, this was a fine performance.

On the other rink, Bill Barber, Paul Griffin and skip David Roberts were all square at 11-11 going into the last end and, with the other rink concluded, knew that the pressure was now on them to secure the overall win.

Ottery, fighting to win the title, also knew how important this was and bowled some great woods to be holding two shots and looking like they would be the overall winners. However, in a tense situation, a great last wood from the Budleigh skip took out the second wood and as a result tied the match 29-29 and shared the points four apiece, which certainly represents a job well done by the Budleigh bowlers. A visit to Topsham in a mixed friendly over five rinks resulted in a disappointing result. On a lovely playing surface and, as always, with great hospitality, the home team won on all the rinks and with very heavy defeats on two of the rinks for Budleigh there was no way back as the home team took the match by 50 shots. Best of the rinks was that of Anne Goddard, Hilary Medley and David Roberts losing 13-16 and Reg and Margaret Ringsell and Peter Hillman 13-17. At home to Phear Park there was a much closer encounter with each team winning two rinks each, but it was the visitors who took the tie overall 58-59. Gwen Hurst, Mike Shaw and Mo Bond were ahead throughout to win 15-10, whilst Ann Vincent, Peter Hillman and Di Dixon fought off a late challenge to take their rink 14-12.

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