Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Eastleigh Railway Tour bowlers won on five rinks of nine in their triples friendly match, but lost by a single shot, 154 to 155.
Budleigh’s stars on the day were new member Joe Browning, Tony Dealler and Burges Stace who overwhelmed their opponents on the way to a 30-7 victory.
Mike Shaw won by plus 11, Graham Ellis by plus five and Archie Autton by plus two.
A mixed six-rink home friendly against Honiton ended in the visitors’ favour by 122 shots to 81.
Budleigh were successful on two rinks, Tony Lim, Chris Loman and Tony Stone finished on plus five and Gordon Smith, Marilyn Jackson and Burges Stace won by a single shot.
The Kensey Vale Tourists, seriously delayed on their journey from Bournemouth, arrived for their eight-rink friendly with few minutes to spare, having neither eaten or drunk since breakfast!
However, their day ended on a happier note. Not only did the hunger sharpen their bowling skills, resulting in a 165-109 victory, but Budleigh’s hard-working ladies had arranged to provide them with a two-course meal after the match!
The best of the Budleigh rinks was that of Margaret Butler, Pat Dowen, Brian Alabaster and Alan Pearson who won by 20 shots to 16, Stuart Butler won by a single shot and Tony Stone drew 18-all.
Budleigh’s A squad ended their season in Division Three of the popular Over-60s triples League with a flourish, taking six points from third placed St Thomas with a 35 to 29 shot win.
John Vanstone, Graham Ellis and Allan Cottle were in dominant form and led throughout, finishing with a score of 20 shots to nine.
The B team’s season ended with a tough away fixture at Morchard Bishop and although, overall, the match was lost by five shots, Peter Hillman, Alan Pearson and Mike Shaw earned two points from their 22-13 win. Both teams ended their campaigns in near mid-table positions with results greatly improved on those of last season.
Both finalists are now known in the club’s singles championship. Allan Cottle will face Rod Davidson and the final of the Novice Cup will feature Peter Cooper and Graham Ellis.
The ‘Centenary Cup’ competition was fought by 16 triples playing in a round-robin format and this important day in the club’s calendar benefitted from a bright, sunny afternoon. A ‘Dutch Tea’ followed the presentation of prizes to the winners by captain John Vanstone and ladies’ captain Bobby Vanstone. The third highest scoring triple was skipped by Joe Browning (plus five) and the second highest by Archie Autton (plus 11).
The winners on plus 22 were Bette Hamstead, Don Huish and David Blackwell who each collected a nice bottle of wine.