Budleigh Bowlers meet their match

Budleigh bowlers in action during club competition matches. Picture: DAVID ROBERTS

Budleigh bowlers in action during club competition matches. Picture: DAVID ROBERTS - Credit: Archant

There were two more fixtures for the Budleigh bowlers this week in a busy autumn period, starting with them entertaining Honiton at Cricket Field Lane. This match was then followed by an away match at Dawlish, writes David Roberts. 
The club has achieved some great results so far in this exciting indoor season and confidence has been riding high, but, on this occasion, the quality of the play from the Honiton bowlers was simply too good on the day for the home team, as Budleigh lost out on both rinks.  
Melissa Camp, Bob Clifford and Peter Burch were always in their match and were leading going into the last few ends but a fightback from the Honiton bowlers, picking up three shots on the penultimate end, saw them take the win 15-11.  

It was a tougher time on rink two for Budleigh, as Tony Lim, Mike Killoran and skip Mo Bond could not get a foothold in their game and were well beaten 17-6. 
At Dawlish, Margaret Avery, Tony Gooding and Mo Bond were always behind in their match until their fortunes changed going into the last quarter, when they scored seven shots to steal a great win 12-11. It was tense, nailbiting stuff but cracking entertainment for everyone involved. 
There was even more drama, as Ann Vincent, Paul Griffin and John Dill made a remarkable recovery from being 19-4 down at the halfway point to win the second half of the game but could not do enough to win the match losing out 15-20. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable afternoon for the Budleigh bowlers. 
In the Wednesday Triples league, Tony Gooding, Tony Lim and Bob Gooch, representing Team Ash, continued their early season success with a convincing win over Team Beech 24-8, whilst Team Willow - Derek Stanley, Melissa Camp and skip John Dill made it two wins on the trot with a strong performance over Team Elm 16-8. 
The coming week sees the Ladies play Sidmouth (one rink home and one away) and then the club travel to Honiton looking to avenge the recent home defeat. 

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