Budleigh Ladies win thriller with Sidmouth in Grace Matthews Top Club match

PUBLISHED: 09:18 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:22 31 May 2012




Budleigh welcomed Sidmouth ladies for the first round of the Grace Matthews Top Club writes Pat Pearson.

In this competition here are five disciplines, a four wood singles and a two wood singles, a pairs, a triples and a rink.

Glorious weather put everyone in a good mood and the friendly contest got under way.

Bobbie Vanstone gave Budleigh first blood, winning 15-10 in the two wood, closely followed by Angie Fish winning the four wood singles by 21 shots to 7.

Great start for the home side but then Avril Barratt and Celia Mangens played the pairs, lost shots in the last few ends and were beaten 13-19.

Dianzee Lowe (skip), Margaret Ratcliffe and Joan Shaw suffered a similar fate in the triples and went down by 10 shots, finishing 8-18.

So, two wins to each team and everything rested on the rinks result. Ann Cottle (skip) with Pat Pearson, Dorothy MacConville and Jean Coates did not have the best of starts, being seven shots down before getting on the board, but then pulled back and got ahead by one shot going into the last end.

Nail biting time! Which team would Lady Luck favour? The leads bowled and Budleigh had two shots.

By the time the skips went to finish the game Budleigh were holding four shots, but the situation could change with one good bowl from the Sidmouth skip. It didn’t happen – the four shots stayed and Budleigh won 20-15, game and match to the home team by three disciplines to two. Well played everybody.

Also this week, Ottery St Mary ladies visited to play an Over-50s league game.

Lady captain Diane Dixon skipped one triple, with Bobbie Vanstone and Lilian Grainger. From being 15-7 ahead at 12 ends the team steadily increased their lead and won 21-9, two points for Budleigh.

On the other rink Dawn Graham, Susan Blackwell and Angie Fish (skip) were not so successful.

Shots proved hard to get and the final score was 19-9 to the visitors but Budleigh got the extra two points form the overall shot difference.

Our next open day at the club will be on Tuesday, June 12 – come along and be introduced to the game of bowls.

From 10am to 4pm a warm welcome awaits, advice, tuition from the coaches, bowls to try out – and light refreshments. Hope to see you!

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