Budleigh bowlers off the mark with two wins and two near misses

PUBLISHED: 09:04 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:04 17 May 2018

Sidmouth bowling club hosted a tournament at the weekend. Ref shsp 28-16AW 2225. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth bowling club hosted a tournament at the weekend. Ref shsp 28-16AW 2225. Picture: Alex Walton

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The past week was a busy, but successful one for the Budleigh bowlers as they recorded their first wins of the season with the highlight being two mixed match wins against Seaton and St Thomas, both away from home, writes David Roberts.

At Seaton, there were wins on all three rinks. Ann Vincent, Peter Hillman and Brian Summers recovered well from a slow start to record a 23-16 success, whilst Brian Ward, Peter Cooper and Mo Bond again took a while to fire on all cylinders, but picked up the pace recording five shots on one end halfway through, going on to win 17-10.

In a closer match, Graham Rant, Bunty Hudson and skip Bill Barber held their nerve to win their rink on the last end 15-14. The overall score ended as a 55-40 success for the Budleigh team.

In the match at St Thomas, there were wins on two rinks out of three and that was enough to seal a 53-48 victory.

Graham Rant, Ralph Cartwright and skip Mo Bond had a convincing 21-10 win and were never behind, whilst Ann Vincent, Tony Barnes and Gerry Roberts again dominated to run out 23-12 winners.

Westlecot Bowling Club (Swindon) were the first touring side of the season to make the trip to Budleigh, and, whilst the visiting team took the spoils at 97 shots to 87, it was a well-fought contest and a very enjoyable afternoon.

Best of the rinks for Budleigh was that of Marion Lacey, Bunty Hudson and Paul Griffin, who took control at the halfway stage and won through 15-7.

Ann Vincent, Derek Stanley and skip Bill Barber played well, scoring a six on the fifth end and went on to register an 18-14 win. Rob Jerrard, Andrew Scudder and Di Dixon fought back well over the last two ends to snatch a draw 16-16.

A mixed friendly against Masonic held at Cricketfield Lane resulted in a very narrow defeat for the Budleigh team 58-60.

Best of the rinks for Budleigh was the triple of Brian Membery, Bill Barber and Marilyn Jackson, who had a great victory 19-16, restricting their opponents to scoring on only six of the eighteen ends.

Ann Membery, Tony Barnes and skip Di Dixon fought back well to take the lead only for the Masons to grab a 12-12 draw.

In the Triples League action, the men’s Over-60s team banked two points from their match against Sidmouth with a win for Brian Ward, Paul Griffin and Brian Goddard, whilst the ladies returned pointless from their trip to Honiton.

Both teams look for an overall upturn in fortunes this week with the men visiting Marina and the ladies entertaining Crediton. There are also mixed matches away at Bitton Park and home to Chardstock to complete the week.

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