Budleigh men bowl back to winning ways against high-flying Marina A

PUBLISHED: 08:51 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 26 July 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5304. Picture: Terry Ife

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5304. Picture: Terry Ife


The Budleigh men bounced back over the past week to take six of the eight points against promotion contenders Marina A (Dawlish) in Division Two of the Exeter and District Triples League, and so consolidated mid-table position, writes David Roberts.

It was an important overall 39-31 win, as a couple of poor results on the trot will easily drop you into the relegation zone in what is certainly a very competitive league.

Bill Barber, Paul Griffin and skip Andrew Cardy recovered from a slow start to edge in front at the halfway stage and then scored 14 shots to their opponents two, to take control and win comfortably 23-14.

At one stage the overall win was in doubt, as, on rink two, Tony Barnes, Peter Cooper and David Roberts fell behind by seven with only five ends to go, but a spirited fight back brought them back to within one bowl with them just losing 16-17, but ensuring the six points. A great wood from lead Tony Barnes taking the jack into the ditch on the last end made it impossible for the Marina team to claw back any of the deficit.

The Budleigh ladies visited Maderia for what was a rearranged friendly, and returned empty handed, losing 21-48.

Ann Vincent, Marilyn Foreman and Mo Bond were well in contention at the halfway stage, but suddenly, and unexpectedly, dropped 14 shots in three ends to put themselves out of contention. Penny Weeks, Hilary Medley and skip Joan Shaw found the conditions challenging and could only register shots on five ends.

In the only mixed friendly of the week, the club visited Starcross and just missed out by one shot, losing overall, 48-49.

Out of the three mixed triple rinks there was success for Gwen Hurst, Di Dixon and Gerry Roberts who played well together to take their rink 17-8.

The coming week sees a mixed friendy with close neighbours Phear Park while Budleigh bowlers will also be involved in invitation events at Sidmouth and Exonia.

There is action for the ladies in the Over-50s Triples league while the club host the County ladies unbadged pairs on Saturday (July 28).

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