Budleigh men’s Over-60s suffer narrow opening game defeat

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 May 2018

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Opening matches in the Exeter and District men’s Over-60s and the ladies’ Over-50s Triples League’s took place this week and, whilst there were encouraging performances in both matches, both teams suffered overall defeats, writes David Roberts.

The men travelled to Uffculme to contest their first Division Two –this after they ended last the last season having gained promotion.

Their opening game was certainly a close encounter as they were eventually edged out by a margin of just three shots, going down 32-29.

Bill Barber, Paul Griffin and skip David Roberts played well together and, at the halfway stage of their match, held a nine shot lead,but a strong fight back from their opponents made for a nervy last end as Uffculme held five shots for victory.

With Budleigh’s last shot from their skip pulling it back to two the final bowl from Uffculme could not improve their position and Budleigh celebrated a 16-14 win.

On the opposite rink Gerry Roberts, Peter Hillman and Andrew Cardy matched their opponents until the halfway stage when a loss of five shots on the tenth end proved to be a game changer, and, whilst the Budleigh rink fought hard to recover, they eventually lost out 13-18.

At home, the ladies played Ottery St Mary and, at one stage, looked good to pick up some points, but the rink of Melissa Camp, Marilyn Jackson and Mo Bond just missed out late on, losing 15-16.

The rink of Ann Vincent, Joan Cowing and Bobbie Vanstone had a fight on their hands and could not make a dent in their opponents progress and suffered a 25-14 defeat.

The men play Sidmouth, and the ladies tackle Honiton in their respective next league matches whilst a busy end to the week sees away mixed friendlies against Seaton and St Thomas and a home fixture against the Masons.

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