The Symes, Robinson and Lee evening league fixture between two home sides, the Buzzards and the Falcons, was one of the most evenly matched played so far this season.

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At the halfway stage of nine ends, the score stood at 17–16 in favour of the Buzzards.

After the penultimate end the lead was held by the Falcons, again by just a single shot. On the final end, Brian Crook, with Don Huish and Bob Gooch, conceded a single, but gained two points for the Falcons, winning 20–18.

On the second rink, the Buzzards triple of Allan Cottle, Alan Pearson and Rod Freer won 15–11 and the resulting two shot overall victory earned their team six points.

Another close encounter, this time featuring Sidmouth and Exonia saw the latter high-flyers lose by one shot.

Ron Cook’s Sidmouth triple, trailing 7–16 after nine ends thereafter allowed their opponents to score only a further single and romped home 25–17.

With Exonia prevailing on the second rink by a margin of seven shots, the combined 40–39 score meant Sidmouth took six points to their opponents’ two

In the Exonia evening league, the Budleigh squad have added to their recent successes, propelling them firmly towards the upper reaches of the table.

The ‘Likely Lads’ were the latest team to fall victim to an in-form Peter Burch. Leighton Burston, Stuart Spencer and Paul Griffin who won 24-8.

Friends from Phear Park brought two rinks to contest custody of the ‘Old Oak Cup’.

The cup, turned from the wood of an ancient Park tree, sadly no longer standing, remains with Budleigh, who won by an overall five shots.

John Vanstone, Alistair McGregor, Peter Burch and Paul Griffin, seven shots down after 16 ends, fought back strongly to force a 20-all draw.

Rob Jerrard’s side clung to a slim lead throughout their closely fought match to finish 20–15.

Special thanks to the Park’s Faye Downend who joined in an otherwise all-male contest.

The Club is mourning the loss of Vince Smith, one of our most respected senior members, who died on Saturday.

An accomplished Club Captain in 2007, Vince also served for five years as Outdoor Secretary. We extend our condolences to Norma and the Family.

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