Happy 99th birthday Harry from all at Phear Park Bowls Club.

PUBLISHED: 20:25 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 20:25 04 September 2014

After wonderful Wednesday of two weeks ago it was back to woeful Wednesday for Phear Park as both A and B Over-60s squads lost last week, writes Laurie Harries.

The consequence was both were relegated from their respective division’s in the Exeter and District League!

The A team travelled to promotion chasing Topsham where they lost by three shots. This game summed up the A squad season. Both rinks were leading with two ends remaining, but somehow victory eluded them. How many times have we reported that this season?

Meanwhile, the B squad visited league leaders Pinces Gardens needing points to avoid the drop, but Park were well beaten on both rinks. After a reasonable start to the season the B squad seemed to lose confidence and the latter part of the season was disappointing.

There’s more cheerful news on the friendly front. Park hosted a game of six triples with tourists Great Hollands and won by 25 shots. John Horne, Roland Heale and David Horne (skip) led the way with a win by 23 shots to six.

Bob Smith skipped Brian Halsey and Liz Nelson to a 23-8 win although the score was a little distorted as Park’s rink finished with a five and a six on the last two ends.

A win also for David Dowden, Christine Hatchard and John Robins (skip) who finished 13-4 ahead and a win also for Janet Martin, John Anderson and David Martin by 16 shots to 13.

Park sent four rinks to Feniton and came away with a good win by 16 shots. Tim Flather, Christine Hatchard, Bob Smith and John Dill were impressive 22-12 winners.

Joy Mottershead, John Bell, Faye Downend and John Robins (skip) won by five shots. Park’s third winning rink was Peter Burch, Ron Rooke, Rob Mottershead and Glenda Pope (skip) who finished strongly to win 17-11.

A rather wet and windy bank holiday was brightened with a small function at the clubhouse for former club president Harry Wilkes, who was celebrating his 99th birthday.

A special birthday cake was presented to Harry – with a token number of candles. Harry remains reasonably well and is looking forward to his century next year.

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