Budleigh land Madeira derby victory

PUBLISHED: 14:36 28 June 2011

Budleigh Bowls

Budleigh Bowls


The annual Jubilee Trophy Ladies Triples competition was held at Budleigh this week and, as usual, a very enjoyable day was provided.

Budleigh teams played each of the visiting clubs on a ‘Round Robin’ format and, although the rain did interfere now and then, everyone had a great time and the delicious cream tea was much appreciated.

At the end, it was the triple from Sidmouth who claimed the Trophy for this year, with Budleigh’s top team being Joan Shaw (Skip), Lorna Autton and Sylvia Roberts.

A raffle was held and the proceeds - £56 – were donated by Captain Dawn Graham, who had generously provided the prizes, to her nominated charity, the Macmillan Nurses.

Successes in the County competitions included Margaret Ratcliffe down to the last 16 in the 2-Wood; Maggie Dance similarly placed in the 4-Wood Singles and Margaret Ratcliffe and Ann Cottle through the first round of the Over 70s Pairs.

The week ended with a trip to Madeira to play the second round of the Grace Matthews Top Club. A friendly rivalry is in place between the two clubs, but on days like this, the match is fiercely competitive!

With five disciplines in place, battle commenced with Bobby Vanstone, playing the 2 Wood Singles, being the first to finish.

A good performance from Bobby, a relatively new bowler, against an experienced county player, and Bobby lost by just two shots, 14-16.

First blood to Madeira!

After 22 ends in the 4-Wood Singles, Maggie Dance and her opponents were level at 18 shots, but then Maggie scored the three needed to win 21-18.

Level pegging!

Marilyn Jackson and Ann Cottle (Skip) played the pairs and, after 14 ends, both teams had scored 12 shots. Great start, but then the visitors were unable to hold back the strong opposition and went down 13-24. Madeira one up!

To win, both the Triples and Fours needed to come out on top and the standard of bowling was very high. Dianzee Lowe skipped Pat Bungay and Joan Shaw in the Triples and it began well, 8-1 ahead after five ends, but then Madeira fought back and it was ding-dong until the last end saw Budleigh just 2 shots in front, 16-14. Nail-biting time, but job done when Budleigh scored four shots to win 20-14.

Level pegging again!

Just the fours, skipped by Jean Coates, with Lilian Grainger, Diane Dixon and Celia Mangeng, remained to finish, but from being 9-10 at nine ends, the team had built up this score, piling on the shots to a 24-14 finish at 20 ends, to give Budleigh an overall victory. Five disciplines, three wins to Budleigh.

An enjoyable visit, with great hospitality, as always, made all the sweeter by getting through to the next round!

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