Groundhog Day feeling for Budleigh bowlers as they suffer single shot woe

PUBLISHED: 18:24 29 June 2011

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It was a bit like ‘Goundhog Day’ when Budleigh Men were defeated in two competitions by a single shot, writes Paul Griffin.

The first defeat came in the Top Club, five disciplines, competition against Sidmouth. Budleigh drew first blood with Alan Cottle convincingly winning the two wood singles. Back came Sidmouth by winning both the four wood singles and the triples. Budleigh levelled the tie with the rink of Paul Griffin, Garth Taylor, Mike Shaw and skip Archie Autton winning 16-13.

In the deciding discipline, the pairs, Budleigh’s John Vanstone and Ron Tyler recovered strongly to level the scores at 18-18 after the scheduled twenty one ends only to cruelly lose by one shot on the extra deciding end. Hence Sidmouth won the tie 3-2.

The second defeat came in the semi-finals of the Foxlands Trophy against Ottery St. Mary. Budleigh’s home rink of Tony Lim, Gerry Roberts, Archie Autton and skip John Dance won 19-16.

Unfortunately Budleigh’s away rink lost 19-15 which meant Ottery St. Mary took the tie by one shot, 35-34.

In the Over 60’s Triple League Budleigh A gained a bit of revenge when they travelled to Sidmouth and won 37-29 with the rinks shared. Budleigh’s victorious rink, who won 20-8, was skipped by Alan Cottle with Paul Griffin and Burges Stace. Budleigh A then entertained North Tawton and lost 33-28 with the rinks shared.

In this match Budleigh’s winning rink, which won 15-12, was again skipped by Alan Cottle but this time with Graham Ellis and Archie Autton. Budleigh C team recorded a maximum eight point victory with a two rink 37-26 victory over Pinces. Alf Wallen’s triple of George Woolacott and Peter Cooper won 19-10 and Cliff Waycott’s triple of Gordon Mansfield and Bernard Brace recovered from 1-10 down to win 18-16.

In a busy week on the greens Budleigh hosted the touring side from Braeside in a twelve rink mixed friendly.

Unfortunately the weather intervened after eight ends with the home side leading 71-64.

Everybody then retired to the pavilion for an interesting quiz, did you know oysters change sex when the temperature of the water changes!

Budleigh then travelled to Ottery St. Mary to play a six rink mixed triples and won 111-84 with the rinks shared three all. Budleigh’s best performing rink in this match, with a 27-9 victory was skipped by Archie Autton with Elizabeth Cole and Burges Stace.

In the final game of the week Budleigh entertained another touring side, Welland Valley, in a six rink mixed friendly but lost 121-98 with the rinks shared three all. Budleigh’s top rink with a 24-13 victory was skipped by Ralph Lawson with Paul Griffin, Yvonne Smith and Burges Stace.

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