Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The latest fixture in the second division of the Exonia Evening league paired Budleigh with close rivals the’ Indians’ and the team were given a stern test.
After ten ends Budleigh were one shot ahead at 10-9 but, with just one end to play, the position was reversed and the score was 15-16. Budleigh’s front end then produced a close wood which might have earned them a respectable draw, but skip Peter Burch was having none of that and with his final delivery conjured another shot to claim a 17-16 victory.
Budleigh’s second travelling squad, playing in the Sidmouth Evening league, also tasted success this week in defeating the Honiton Falcons. Don Huish, Terry Escott, Brian Evans and Peter Burch started brightly and soon ran up a 16-8 lead, which they saw gradually eroded until all that remained after 20 ends was a single shot.
When Budleigh’s number three, Brian Evans, stepped forward to deliver his final wood, Honiton were holding a match-winning three shots. To his opponents’ dismay, Brian’s weighted wood, benefiting from not one but two deflections, propelled the jack to a group of four Budleigh woods. When it was suggested he had enjoyed a little good fortune, Brian replied things had gone exactly to plan and was later observed removing his tongue from his cheek!
Skip Peter Burch subsequently added a further shot, making the final score 22-16 in Budleighs favour.
In the Symes, Robinson and Lee evening league, Budleigh Falcons maintained their ambition for a top three finish with a two rink, maximum points victory over Sidmouth. There was a sharp contrast to the manner in which the rink wins were achieved.
Burges Stace with Keith Edwards and Bob Gooch took the lead after six ends and stayed in front to finish on plus six, whereas Terry Kelly’s trio trailed for 16 ends and at that points were two shots adrift.
However, they finished with a flourish and a five and a pair secured a five shot win and an overall score of 41-30.