Davidson wins Budleigh men’s title for fourth time

PUBLISHED: 17:05 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:05 09 September 2014

Alf Wallen is presented with hsi birthday cake

Alf Wallen is presented with hsi birthday cake


Budleigh’ Centenary Cup competition is always an important fixture on the club’s calendar but this year had added significance when the day was chosen to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of Budleigh’s finest, Alf Wallen.

For the past twenty years Alf has been a constant summer presence in friendlies and the Over 60’s Triples League and his special day was marked by a cake presentation and resounding congratulations from his club-mates.

The occasion was enhanced by the attendance of a number of retired bowlers (all younger than Alf) who had turned up to pay their respects on what was a very happy day. As is the custom, the competition was played in the round-robin format and was organised by captain John Vanstone assisted by Bernard Brace. This year’s winners were Colin Nex, Joan Cowing and skip Mo Bond with a score of plus 13 and they picked up the trophy and bottles of wine. The runners-up were Jill Pond, Jean Watts and Gerry Roberts on plus 11.

The finals of the club’s internal competitions were held over two days, which fortunately, were both graced by fine weather. The men’s Championship was won by Rod Davidson, repeating his success of last year and ensuring his name will be added to the trophy for the fourth time.

Congratulations to Leighton Burston whose excellent campaign culminated with him winning the two-wood and the Open Singles titles.

Leighton, in partnership with Chris Loman, also took the Mixed Pairs honours and the men’s Pairs trophy with Tim Holding.

Tim added to his haul in winning the Novice Cup. Last, but not least, Graham Ellis, after a titanic 23-20 struggle with Leighton, becomes the new Handicap Cup holder. The thanks of all participants goes to the organisers, Avril Barrett and Rod Davidson, whose hard work guaranteed that all went to plan.

With the season drawing to a close and with very few touring sides yet to visit, Budleigh have won both of their latest matches, against the Kingswood and Hanham Tourists and the Holycroft Club. The score in the eight rink encounter with Kingswood was 140 shots to 121. David Blackwell’s team of Mike Clark, Dick Mitchell and Avril Barrett excelled and were the largest winners by 29 to 12.

The result of the five rink contest with Holycroft was closer, with the winning margin a mere three shots. The best rink was Ann Vincent, Chris Loman, Peter Hillman and Bill Barber on a score of 22 shots to 15.

In the Over-60s Triples League, the A squad ended their season with a six point victory over Culm Vale A by the slimmest of margins. Tony Dealler, Dick Mitchell and Gerry Roberts succeeded in winning by seven shots, while, on the second rink, their colleagues lost by six, resulting in a combined score of 35 to 34.

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