Budleigh men in narrow defeat to Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:09 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 16 November 2017

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The opening fixture in the Saturday Interclub season saw the Budleigh men up against their local rivals Sidmouth and in a very close encounter it was Sidmouth who narrowly won the match overall, writes David Roberts.

This was a much-improved performance from the Budleigh men; although losing overall 76-81, it could have easily been a more positive outcome.

At home, the rink of Tony Lim, Mike Shaw, Bob Gooch and skip David Roberts fought back from being nine shots down at the halfway stage to go into the last end all level at 21-21.

With an early shot holding the point, and some canny play from the Budleigh men, Sidmouth could not change the game and the home team held on to win their rink 22-21.

On the other rink at home, Rob Jerrard, Bob Clifford, Dick Mitchell and Brian Evans never relinquished the lead and went into the last end 18-16 up, only for Sidmouth to score three shots and pinch the rink 19-18. It was certainly a difficult one to swallow, but, despite the defeat, it was a good display by the Budleigh bowlers.

On the away rinks, Bill Barber, Peter Cooper, Gerry Roberts and skip John Dill fought back well in the later stages after a slow start to reduce the Sidmouth lead to just three shots going into the last end. Needing three to draw the match, they could only achieve two and lost out 21-20.

Terry Escott, Peter Burch, Gerrard McCarthy and skip Leighton Burston again fought back well to draw level 16-16 after 17 ends only for the Sidmouth team to take a further four shots to win through 20-16.

The clubs meet again this week in the Over-60s when the Budleigh men look to reverse the result.

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