Budleigh finish strongly to land Pinces over-50s victory

PUBLISHED: 14:49 30 August 2011




It was a thoroughly pleasant afternoon when Sidmouth visited to play a friendly, writes Pat Pearson.

The green bowled beautifully, it didn’t rain and the home team managed to win on all three rinks. Top rink was Jean Coates (skip), Pat Pearson, Dawn Graham and Bunty Hudson, 21-9.

Rita de Selincourt, Audrey Taylor and Marilyn Jackson, skipped by Jean Coates, also played well, winning 20-10, whilst Diane Dixon’s rink of Margaret Ratcliffe, Diana Stone and Jean Watts had more of a challenge when, after being 20-12 ahead at 15 ends, the visitors fought back and scored nine shots on the last six ends with Budleigh just managing to hold on and win 22-21.

A trip to Pinces to play in the Over 50s League resulted in just two points when Jean Coates pulled her triple of Audrey Taylor and Bounty Hudson back from the brink after being 4-11 down at six ends. The team scored 12 shots in five ends and it was enough to get a 20-18 win.

To spare a few blushes the other rink shall remain nameless and the score undisclosed!

Budleigh fared better when Pinces returned the visit and picked up the full six points with a 22-11 win from Jean Watts (skip), Elizabeth Cole and Marilyn Jackson and Ann Cottle skipping Bobby Vanstone and Pat Pearson to a 21-16 final score.

In the run-up to the finals weekend, September 3-5, Budleigh will host a Devon Ladies versus Section 3 match, with ten rinks of bowling, and also a Devon v Dorset game, which should provide some excellent viewing.

This year the finals will prove to be a busy time for one lady bowler, a recent acquisition from Somerset, namely Angie Fish, who will compete in six finals! Good luck to Angie and good luck to her opponents.

So, the season is slowly drawing to an end, a sad season in one respect for Budleigh ladies who lost a much loved and respected former club captain and Devon County Indoor Lady President.

Brenda Dixon fought her illness to the very end with the same courage and determination she displayed when playing bowls competitions and matches for the club. She will always be missed and fondly remembered by her clubmates.

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