An early Merry Christmas from Madeira Bowls!

PUBLISHED: 18:40 28 September 2011

Madeira bowler Terry Reardon is pictured playing at his home club in the quarter finals of the Devon Mens Grater Pairs this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 6231-33-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Madeira bowler Terry Reardon is pictured playing at his home club in the quarter finals of the Devon Mens Grater Pairs this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 6231-33-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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The final week of the Madeira Bowls outdoor season saw five games played, writes Matt Marriott.

First up a meeting with touring side Llandrindod Wells, who landed a 23 shot win at 179-156.

So defeat but the hosts are always happy to allow visiting Welsh friends to depart with a victory!

The best performing home rink was that of Colin Shaw, Margaret Mahon and Sandra Mott winning by 11 shots.

Next up were 12 teams from all over Devon to challenge Madeira in the last of the 2011 season’s patron’s Matches.

Despite the very best of visiting intentions, and efforts, Madeira’s Men emerged victorious at 234-213.

As usual the matches were played in a wonderful spirit, keeping alive what is clearly a wonderful set of friendships across the bowling divide in Devon.

All the Madeira teams were about level with Colin Healy, Bernie Andrews, Tom Williams and Len Worsfold winning rink six by a margin of 14 shots.

Dawlish Marina came next, on their return game, and were defeated by 34 shots (107-73), the rink of Derek Dommett, Betty Roberts, Alan Porter and Jean Rainton recording a +23 shot win.

The Beckhart Cup, the last drive of the season, saw 14 teams trying to win it.

The honour eventually fell to Joe Bate, Ann Doidge and Derek Blatchford with a +19. I will only say that the Mars Bars went to a -14. Hope you like chocolate!

The final game was against Stothert and Pitt who were given something of a bowling lesson as Madeira powered to a 68 shot win at 176-108.

Throwing all modesty away, I have to say the highest rink was Josie Glaister, Margery Glanville, Bob Finch and yours truly, with a 25 shot win (46-21) and picking up a hot shot on the way.

During the summer there have also been our elder players enjoying the indoor rinks and, this past week, they held their final for the Frank Walker Cup.

This was won by Ann Allan and Gerry Green. I don’t know the final score, but am told they picked up a hot shot during the competition. Well done to them all.

This is my final report for this year, as I will not be playing indoors, but I wish every success to all those entering the various competitions and leagues and can I be the first to wish you all a Merry Christmas. See you around.

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