Thursday, August 22, 2013
Topsham ladies team played away at St Thomas Exeter in the Non Badged triples league and recorded a very good win 57-16 to maintain their lead at the top, writes Colin Chudley.
Wednesday saw the ladies against Madeira and although the rinks were shared one each, Madeira ran out winners 30-45.
Wednesday’s men’s Over-60s League is reaching its conclusion with only three games left to play.
Topsham A sit second in Division 1 and need more wins to maintain their challenge.
In Division 2 the B team is in relegation trouble and will need 16 points from their remaining games.
The C team is in third place in Division 4 and is pressing for promotion.
The D team is sitting comfortable in division 8 and doing well in their first season.
The results from the past week are; the A team beat Honiton C 33-24, the B team lost to away to Okehampton B 22-41, the C team beat Heavitree B and the D team were beaten 45-30 by North Tawton.
On Thursday in the eagerly awaited local ‘friendly’ derby Topsham played Madeira and won convincingly, taking five of the six rinks, with only the very friendly captain Ivor Skilton’s rink losing out! In what was a most enjoyable game, Topsham won 115-84.
The Topsham ladies were comfortable 42-24 winners last Friday against Pinces Gardens in the Exeter and Devon Over-50s League.
Saturday was scheduled to be the ladies club triples competition day, but the weather intervened and the day was curtailed.
However, one semi-final was completed and, as a result, Jo Walker, Jill Stone and Jean Chudley will have to wait to see who the other finalist will be.
It was the men’s turn to play on Sunday and theirs was the 96 shot competition.
In good sunny weather all the games were very close and the semi-finals saw Grant Howland beat Peter Gale and his father Gary beat Norman Owen.
The final between father and son should be a fiercely contested match.
The Topsham ladies mirrored the success of the men by reaching the quarter-finals of the county top club competition and they went to Adbrook Park bowling green to play Plymouth Sir Francis Drake BC. It was a very tight game with the singles being shared one each and Topsham winning the rinks.
It came down to the pairs and the triples, but unfortunately Topsham lost both of these disciplines by only one shot.
Although they lost 3-2, the team put up a great performance and could easily have won.