Phear Park green struck once more by – the beast!

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5304. Picture: Terry Ife

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5304. Picture: Terry Ife


Some three weeks ago I arrived at the bowls club to find a small crater in the middle of the green over a foot deep and since then we have had a couple of return visits from a four legged friend who has left his trademark holes, writes David Evans.

In these current extreme conditions, repairs are taking a long time to be successful and two rinks are affected.

There is no obvious breaks in the boundary hedge and our greenkeeper is suggesting a night time camera to find out more, because foxes and badger do breed in the area. Some time ago Belmont BC had a similar problem and members camped out at night to ascertain how animals were able to invade the green.

The Over-60s teams had a mixed week with the A team picking up six points at Exonia, mainly due to an exceptional 30-9 win for the rink of Burch, Robins and Smith. The A team are now slowly moving up the league table.

The B team were edged out 37-36 at Tiverton West End, and so banked just two points.

A mixed team shared rink scores 2-2 at Exeter St Thomas, but lost overall by one shot despite a fine 19-8 win for Dill, Downend and Evans.

The local derby meeting at home to Budleigh ended in a 60-55 defeat for Park with the only success a 21-7 win for M Adams, B Summers and R Davidson.

The green has improved greatly with extra water, but is patchy and proving difficult and let us hope we get no more nocturnal visits by outside bodies for the time being.

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