Budleigh men suffer narrow Interclub defeat to Torquay

PUBLISHED: 19:29 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:29 14 March 2018

Bowls. Ref: Bowls stock. Picture: Alex Walton

Bowls. Ref: Bowls stock. Picture: Alex Walton

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An Interclub match against Torquay B for the Budleigh men resulted in a narrow defeat, but was one of the better results for the club in this competition this season, writes David Roberts.

Overall, the two home rinks were won, whilst the away rinks were lost, resulting in a five shot defeat, 87-92.

At home, Bill Barber, Bob Gooch, Dick Mitchell and skip David Evans were behind early on, but stuck to their task and outplayed their opponents in the second half, scoring five shots on the 16th end to run out 24-18 winners.

On the other home rink, Don Huish, Derek Stanley, Tony Hanson and Brian Evans were involved in a closer encounter, winning 21-19, and, whilst the visitors looked to be making a comeback in the closing ends, they could not do enough to overcome the home side.

The best of the away rinks was that of Gerard McCarthy, Tony Lim, Peter Burch and Gerry Roberts, who at one stage held a ten shot lead only to see it disappear in the closing stages and lose out 22-26.

Richard Cooper, Peter Nicholls, Brian Ward and skip John Dill held the lead for 15 ends, but were unable to score over the final six ends and eventually lost by nine shots 20-29.

This was certainly a close encounter overall and now, with just one more fixture in this league, the men will be looking to finish strongly when they play South Hams on Saturday week.

In the Budleigh Coast Wealth Management Evening League, it was hoped that this would have been completed last week, but there is just one match to play over the next few days which could have an influence on the top three places.

However, the Les Thwaite Shield competition kicks off this week when the evening league teams play knockout matches.

Also this week, at club level, the Budleigh ladies take on Madeira, while there is also a mixed friendly against Mid Devon.

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