Budleigh bowls latest - Shaw edged thrilling indoor ladies’ singles final

PUBLISHED: 09:46 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:46 03 April 2014

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The Budleigh indoor internal competitions were played to a conclusion last week.

The ladies’ singles final saw a classic encounter between Joan Shaw and Dianzee Lowe, the latest in a long series of duels between these two top class bowlers.

Lowe made a great start racing into a 7-1 lead and then holding a 15-7 advantage at which stage the large crowd watching were beginning to think of an early finish!

However, Shaw had other ideas and, finding both line and weight, scored on the next five ends to trail by just two shots at 16-14.

The pair were the tied at 18-18 to reach the nail-biting stage at which point Shaw served up an aggressive last few ends to claim a memorable 21-18 victory.

When Ann Vincent and Mo Bond stepped up to play for the Novices Cup they knew they had a hard act to follow, but they both played good bowls, a real ‘ding-dong’ with Bond just winning 21-19.

The last match of the day featured ladies’ captain Dawn Graham and Ann Vincent in the two wood competition. As is usually the case, the more experienced player was able to get ahead and closed the game out at 18-11. The Ladies’ Pairs final could not be played due to illness and will take place at a later date.

John Dill enjoyed double delight. He has been in good form all season and a comfortable win over Don Huish secured his third singles title and, in addition, ably partnered by David Tomlinson, he also secured the pairs championship.

This season the men won their contest with the ladies by the modest margin of ten shots. Peter Hillman, Brian Evans, Peter Burch and Archie Autton were 22-13 winners while Gerry Roberts’ rink were given a stern test by Dawn Graham’s side before scraping home 21-20.

The semi-final of the Les Thwaite Shield knock-out competition between Evening League winners Madeira Reds and Exonia ended with an unexpected twist!

Enacted before an enthusiastic audience of one (the barman) the match appeared to be going the way of the Reds, who had led throughout and, after 16 of the 18 ends, were holding a six shot lead.

Then calamity struck and although Dave MacAuley’s trio won by 19 shots to 15, Bob Finch’s side lost 14-19 allowing Exonia to claim victory by a single shot. The other finalists are the Budleigh Falcons who progress having won on both rinks against the Hawks.

The last match of the season has been played in the second division of the Exonia Evening league and the ‘Budleigh Boys’ have finished at the top of the table.

This final game was one of their toughest with the ‘Country Boys’ playing to a level belying their lowly league position.

Peter Burch’s side, trailing for 16 ends, eventually took the lead on the17th only to lose it on the 18th end!

With neither side able to contrive a multi-shot killer end, the result was a 15-all draw leaving Budleigh with the admirable record of having played 15; won 12; drawn one and lost three.

The Club is holding an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday, April 12, when members of the public are invited to come along to Cricketfield Lane and try their hand at bowling.

Qualified coaches will be present and equipment will be provided (flat soled shoes are a ‘must’) Is there another David Bryant lurking undiscovered in the Budleigh hinterland?

Why not come and give it a try.


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