December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The club champions were acclaimed last week at the bowling section of Budleigh Croquet Club, writes Rob Weeks.
The setting was sublime. The weather was brilliant. The views from the bowling green across the town and out to the blue sea were magnificent.
Some of the bowling wasn’t too bad either!
In the men’s final, Reg Ringsell and yours truly played a one-sided match. Ringsell was the model of consistency – machine-like; he just kept on putting woods up against the jack. Like you do, I kept on hoping for a miracle, but apart from a slight flourish in the middle, reality set in and I had to acknowledge that I was beaten by a better bowler with the score at 21–9.
On the other hand, Penny Weeks (no relation) and Gill Moore were keeping the spectators enthralled on the adjacent rink. Weeks raced into an early lead and it seemed that Moore had no answer.
However, the latter found her form and clawed back to within a couple of points.
The crowd wondered if Weeks was a spent force, but a series of well-placed woods in the last few ends eventually showed that she was a worthy winner.