Budleigh ladies edged out at Newton Abbot in Top Club Competition.

PUBLISHED: 14:08 21 June 2011

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THE Budleigh ladies bowed out of the National Top Club at the Third Round stage after a close encounter with Newton Abbot, writs Pat Pearson.

The team travelled expecting a tight affair and that is preciscel6y what they got as both teams had success in two of the disciplines.

Skipping the rink, Jean Coates, with Margaret Ratcliffe, Bobby Vanstone and Celia Mangeng, took an early lead and were 15-4 ahead at twelve ends. Hopes rose for a big shot difference but then the opposition pulled the game back to trail by just four shots before Budleigh scored again to end 19-13. Angie Fish (skip) and Avril Barrett could do no wrong in the Pairs. They led all the way, ending with a timely four shots to be nine shots up at 24-15.

In the Triples, Pat Pearson, Jane Hincks and Dianzee Lowe (skip) were unable to contain a strong opposition and lost the game 12-21.

A similar fate befell Maggie Dance, who, unusually, went down in her Singles game 13-21. So, despite many checks and re-checks on the addition, Budleigh had to concede defeat by two shots.

Good luck to Newton Abbot in the next round.

The Club 2-Wood competition took place and, thankfully, the weather was kind for most of the day.

Diane Dixon played her way through to the final and now awaits her opponent, who will be either Margaret Ratcliffe or Angie Fish, as their semi-final was postponed due to the rain setting in.

Budleigh hosted a Devon County Patrons match and, for the first time, men played alongside the ladies. Everyone enjoyed the day and the excellent tea provided was, as usual, much appreciated. A raffle was held and was well-supported, as was the ‘Spider’ before the match.

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