Budleigh Falcons edge out Madeira Blues in Symes, Robinson and Lee Evening League meeting

PUBLISHED: 21:16 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:17 06 November 2013

The Symes, Robinson and Lee Evening League match featuring the Budleigh Falcons and the Madeira Blues produced the best contest of the new season to date.

Although the Falcons eventually won by 37 shots to 33, the result was in doubt until the final end was played and the bare score line does not reflect the quality of the game!

Throughout the match the overall lead changed hands on five occasions as the initiative swung from one side to another, and, at the finish, the 11 shot advantage generated by Madeira’s trio lead by Bob Burch was beaten by the plus 15 from Falcons Keith Edwards, Brian Moore and Brian Crook.

The fixture list then brought together the Buzzards and the Hawks for an all-Budleigh encounter which resulted in the Hawks taking all six points after winning on both rinks to an overall score of 39-25.

Archie Autton (skip), Jim Letten and Dick Mitchell were the major contributors to the winning margin with a comfortable 27-11 victory.

In the Sidmouth evening league, Budleigh’s squad bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat at the hands of Madeira with a much improved performance and came close to overturning Exonia, last year’s champions and current leaders.

Terry Escott, Don Huish, Alan Pearson and Burges Stace saw a four shot lead gradually clawed back and despite their best efforts lost a very close contest by 17 shots to 18.

In contrast, Team Budleigh, at one point nursing a five shot lead over the Indians in the Exonia evening league, hung on to win another tight game. Wally Nickels, Leighton Burston, Paul Griffin and Peter Burch lost three shots on the final end, but emerged the winners by 20 shots to 18.

The week ended with an enjoyable friendly against Devon vice presidents teams from Axminster and Madeira which resulted in victory for Budleigh on both rinks.

John Dill’s side won by 25 shots to 20 and Archie Autton’s by 18 to 13.

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