Double delight for Budleigh in Top Club wins over Sidmouth and Honiton.

PUBLISHED: 16:06 01 June 2011

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THERE were two good results for Budleigh Ladies against local, friendly rivals Sidmouth, writes Pat Pearson.

To contest the first round of the National Top Club, Budleigh travelled to Sidmouth and were successful in three of the four disciplines.

A star performance in the Singles saw Maggie Dance have a runaway win, 21-3. Dianzee Lowe skipped Pat Pearson and Joan Shaw to a 20-11 win in the Triples and Margaret Ratcliffe, Bobby Vanstone and Bunty Hudson, with skip Jean Coates, came through 19-15 in the Rinks.

Then it was Sidmouth’s turn to travel, coming to Budleigh for the Grace Matthews Top Club Challenge.

This time there were five disciplines to play and Budleigh won three of them. Maggie Dance again won the 4-Wood Singles, this time more of a challenge, but still a win 21-18.

Dianzee Lowe (skip) with Margaret Ratcliffe and Joan Shaw saw the Triples safely home, 18-15, and Bobby Vanstone claimed victory in the 2-Wood Singles, 17-11. Sidmouth won the Pairs and the Rinks did not need to finish.

The second round of the National Top Club came up quickly as Honiton visited Budleigh to do battle. Maggie Dance winning the Singles 21-16 was a great start and Dianzee Lowe again won through, skipping Pat Pearson and Joan Shaw to a 24-13 win in the Triples, the home team scoring three fives in this game!

In the Rinks, Jean Coates (skip) with Margaret Ratcliffe, Bunty Hudson and Ann Cottle, from being 7-2 ahead at five ends, saw their opponents fight back to a level score at 19 ends and then claim the game for Honiton with three final shots to win 23-20.

With the Pairs game still to finish, Budleigh were winning 65 shots to 52, but, in that discipline, Honiton were leading 21-9 at 17 ends and it was nail-biting time!

All credit to the Budleigh pair, Bobby Vanstone and Angie Fish (skip), who scored five shots in the last four ends, ending 14-21, but it was enough for an overall win for the home side by six shots.

In the County competitions, Maggie Dance and Celia Mangeng, last year’s Over-55s Pairs Champions, began their defence of the title well by beating fellow club members Margaret Ratcliffe and Angie Fish and now march on to the second round. In the Over-55s Singles, however, Margaret Ratcliffe beat Maggie Dance 21-15 and Angie Fish got through against a Honiton player 21-11.

Budleigh now look forward to hosting the County Singles and County Pairs competitions in the next few weeks.

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