Budleigh bowlers enjoy meeting with the ferrymen and ferry ladies'

PUBLISHED: 10:58 01 May 2014

The first visitors of the new season were the Island Bohemian Tourists, - interesting name and interesting club - based on an island in the Thames, near Reading, accessible only by using their own ferry-boat!

After a light lunch provided by our usual hard-working ladies, club vice-captain Dianzee Lowe welcomed the Bohemians to the rinks where they demonstrated considerable skills in winning on four, drawing on one and losing on one.

The home side winners were Burges Stace, skipping Don Huish, Tony Lim and Mo Bond to a 19-13 victory.

Jill Pond, Gordon Smith, Peter Cooper and Rob Jerrard trailed for 18 ends, but finished strongly to snatch a 17-all draw.

When questioned about their elaborate blazer badges which depicts two knights in full armour engaged in combat, the visitors were able to supply a potted history.

In 1163 Henry de Essex dropped King Henry’s royal standard during a battle with the Welsh and this was perceived by Robert de Montfort as the act of a traitor and a coward.

The king decreed the two should fight on the island and alas poor Henry, who in defeat almost lost his life, was stripped of his estates. Fascinating the things you learn when bowling!

Our bowlers were happy that the afternoon remained totally dry even though friends at Phear Park had to curtail their match due to wet conditions, but our luck ran out when the squad who travelled to Lyme Regis were forced to abandon their game after only nine ends.

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