Budleigh beaten as Phear Park end season on high

PUBLISHED: 18:40 28 September 2011


Phear Park's special season marking the centenary of the club's formation drew to a close last week, writes Lawrie Harries.

An incident packed season concluded with friendlies against neighbours Budleigh Salterton and tourists Stothert and Pitt from Bath.

Regular readers will know that in local derbies explanations are prepared in the unlikely event of a defeat!

Budleigh explained that they turned up for a 2pm start but the edge went off their game while waiting for Park bowlers who strolled in for a 2.30pm start

Park won two of the four triples played, and by 13 shots overall. John Robins, Ron Rooke and John Anderson (skip) finished 20 shots to 9 ahead.

John Dill, David Dowden and skip Peter Burch won by 19 shots to 10, While Les Parr’s rink of Jim Letten and Richard Cooper scored a four on the last end to steal a draw at 17 shots each.

In the final game of the season, Park defeated Stothart & Pitt by 103 shots to 79. Glenda Pope’s rink of Richard Cooper, Faye Downend and John Whyte had a terrific scrap before emerging winners by 19–18.

Roy Bateman, Gillian Harding, Bob Smith and John Anderson (skip) took five shots on the last four ends to end up 19–16 winners. A much more comfortable win for Liz Young, Jenny Derbyshire, Mike Pope and skip Tom Russell who cruised home 27–14.

Margaret Lock, Anne Harding, Peter Burch and John Dill won by 22 shots to 15. But Dave Martin’s rink of Janet Martin, Jim Letten, and John Robins needed a two on the last end to emerge with a draw.

The social side of activities ended with a roll up, spider and fish supper organised by Janet and David Martin.

The Phear Park ladies choir gave an impromptu concert with their rendering of Show Me the Way to Go Home generating a forest of fingers pointing to the front door – but our songbirds failed to take the hint.

Undoubtedly, 2011 was a unique year for Phear Park bowling club and officers, committee, catering department and individual members are to be congratulated on their commitment and hard work which made the special season so enjoyable and successful.

The club’s annual general meeting will be held on Saturday, 12 November.

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