Budleigh ladies win Triples League meeting with Crediton

PUBLISHED: 20:44 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:44 23 May 2018

Bowls. Ref: Bowls stock. Picture: Alex Walton

Bowls. Ref: Bowls stock. Picture: Alex Walton

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Points are proving hard to come by for the Budleigh bowlers in the competitive leagues so far this season so an overall win 29-25 for the ladies in the Over-50s triples league against Crediton was a welcome result, writes David Roberts.

Melissa Camp, Marion Lacey and skip Bobbie Vanstone were in good form and had an important win on their rink with a 16-10 win.

This six point difference was crucial as on the other rink Ann Vincent, Joan Cowing and Mo Bond played well but just lost out 13-15. So a close win and an important four points.

The men, in their Wednesday Over-60 triples league, are still in search of their first overall win after three matches.

It was a similar story as the Budleigh men put themselves in a strong position against Marina A early on in the match but only managed to pick up one point with a draw on the rink of Tony Barnes, Peter Hillman and skip Gerry Roberts.

Going into the last end 17-15 up having been 5-14 down, confidence was high, but the Marina men dug deep to register two bowls to draw the match.

On the other rink Peter Cooper, Brian Ward and Paul Griffin took control of their rink early on but missed out with a two shot defeat to give Marina the match 40-36.

It will be important for the team to pick up points as soon as possible and a home match against Feniton is the next target.

In the only mixed friendly match of the week, the Budleigh Bowlers visited Bitton Park and whilst there were wins on three of the four rinks the visitors suffered a narrow defeat 59-65.

Brian Ward, Peter Hillman and Di Dixon held the lead all the way through to win 16-9. Ann Vincent, Mike Clark and Mo Bond also dominated, fighting off a spirited comeback to win 17-11.

Tony Lim, Bunty Hudson and skip Gerry Roberts were involved in a close affair but managed to hold off the Bitton Park bowlers 19-16.

The coming week sees the ladies travelling to Seaton for a triples league meeting, hoping to build on their fine win against Crediton, whilst the men play the first round of the Top Club competition at home to Chardstock.

The club welcomes touring side Caerleon (Newport) and the ladies have a tough Top Club match away to Maderia.

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