Budleigh bowlers enjoy fine win over Bristol and Swansea tourists

PUBLISHED: 15:58 10 July 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5291. Picture: Terry Ife

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5291. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh ladies entertained Sidmouth in their latest round of the Over-50s Triples 50's Triples league and suffered losses on both rinks going down overall 29-45, writes David Roberts.

The best of the rinks was that of Ann Vincent, Bunty Hudson and Mo Bond who only lost by six shots.

It was a week when both men and ladies played Maderia in friendly matches and there were highs and lows in both matches.

The men travelled to their neighbours on another scorching afternoon and had to contend with an extremely dry and difficult green where the bowls took on a life of their own!

Whilst the Budleigh men lost on three of the four rinks and only lost by seven shots the team were very grateful to the triple of Tony Lim, Ralph Cartwright and skip Brian Summers, who mastered the conditions to win 29-10.

In the ladies match, played at Cricketfield Lane, there was again another overall defeat, this time by two rinks to one and by six shots, but all credit to the winning rink of Melissa Camp, Marilyn Foreman and skip Joan Shaw, who squeezed home 14-11.

The visit of the Swansea and Bristol touring team on Friday played over six rinks was a very successful match for the Budleigh team.

With wins on three rinks and a draw on one, an overall win 112-84 was achieved. Tony Lim, Hilary Medley, Brian Ward and Mo Bond completely dominated their rink with an impressive 30-7 win. Mike Clark, Penny Weeks, Graham Rant and Marilyn Jackson took an early lead and fended off any comeback with a strong finish to win 21-11. Ann Vincent, Reg and Margaret Ringsell and Brian Summers, came back from a 12-15 deficit, to score strongly over the last four ends to clinch victory 22-17 and Anne Goddard, Mike Nicholls, Di Dixon and Bill Barber scored two shots on the last end to snatch a well deserved 16-all draw.

Whilst not performing at their best on the rinks the touring side made up for this in the clubhouse providing great entertainment after the match with their singing and humour and this rounded off a memorable afternoon for the club.

Budleigh host their ladies’ Jubilee Trophy in the coming week where local clubs send a rink to compete for honours whilst the ladies and men are in action in their respective triples leagues and the club welcomes St Albans tourists on Saturday.

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