Budleigh are six rink friendly winners at Topsham

PUBLISHED: 20:24 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 20:24 04 September 2014

In Division Seven of the Exeter and District Over-60s Triples League, Budleigh's B squad travelled to the higher-placed Marina Club of Dawlish for the penultimate match of the season.

This was an important game with all the teams striving to improve their final league positions. Team manager, Brian Ward, skipping Alf Wallen and Colin Nex, raced into an early lead and were soon 16 shots ahead.

Their match ended with the score at 25 to 6, while on the second rink, skip Burges Stace took an altogether different route to victory.

Leading throughout the game, Marina were holding a four shot advantage going into the final end when Burges and his bandits proved the veracity of the old maxim ‘ it ain’t over til the last wood is bowled’, and against the run of play and to their opponents dismay, scored seven shots to win 17-14.

A six rink mixed friendly at Topsham ended in Budleigh’s favour by 116 to 65. Budleigh won on four rinks and drew on one with best rink honours going to Jacqui Bishop, Peter Hillman and skip David Blackwell.who won by 28 shots to five.

Other Budleigh scores were Burges Stace, plus 16, Alan Pearson, plus 9, Mike Shaw, plus seven and Gerry Roberts, plus one

Devon Masonic bowlers came from far and wide for a friendly match, winning on two of the four rinks and drawing on another.

However, Budleigh were the overall winners by 62 to 52, thanks to a splendid performance from Jen Derbyshire, Jean Watts and George Woolacott who won by 15 shots.

The home fixture versus friends from Phear Park also ended in victory for Budleigh by 96 shots to 78. Best scores of the day came from Ann Vincent, Bill Barber and Gerry Roberts who won by 22 shots and from Phear’s Bob Smith, whose triple finished on plus 16.

The Budleigh Finals Day is set for this Saturday (September 6), and we hope the event will be blessed with fine weather.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and members are urged to come along and contribute to the atmosphere as their club-mates do battle for the various cups and trophies. An exhausting day lies ahead for one of the contestants. Leighton Burston has fought through to no less than six finals and subsequently may well be seeking the services of a chiropractor

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