Hawks open up gap over Eagles

PUBLISHED: 15:13 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH BOWLS: Three matches were played last week in the Symes, Robinson & Lee evening League. The Exonia Club continues to dominate, having accumulated 44 points.

BUDLEIGH BOWLS: Three matches were played last week in the Symes, Robinson & Lee evening League.

The Exonia Club continues to dominate, having accumulated 44 points.

In clear second place are the Budleigh Hawks with 31 points, followed by the Eagles (25pts), the Falcons (24) and the Buzzards (23).

Madeira Reds lost to the Hawks on both rinks and dropped to sixth place. David Evans' triple won 20-12 and Brian Lofts' by 18-16.

Exonia took maximum points from the Eagles, with scores of 19-8 and 19-7. The fixture involving the Buzzards and the Falcons was one of those close-fought games when the outcome is decided only on the final end.

The Falcons emerged narrow winners - Terry Kelly's rink by 16-14 and Brian Crook's by 19-13

Congratulations to those Budleigh bowlers who pulled off a giant-killing feat in the Inter-Club competition when they overcame Plymouth B by one shot.

To put this achievement into perspective, consider the fact that Plymouth's already sizeable membership was boosted recently by an influx from the defunct Civil Service Club, which roughly equates to the total number of Budleigh's men and lady bowlers!

At home, Dick Mitchell, Tony Lim, Bob Smith and David Evans won by a solitary shot.

Ron Tyler's rink, although losing by the same margin, made an important contribution to overall success.

At Plymouth, Rod Davidson's rink of Dave Helman, Mike Shaw and Gerry Roberts won 22-13, having drawn level on the tenth end, subsequently scoring a further 14 shots to their opponents' five.

On the second rink Brian Crook's side played their part, restricting strong opposition to an eight-shot advantage. Final score: 77-76.

The club's internal championships are well under way and results of recent matches could scarcely have been closer.

In the singles, David Evans went through having beaten Richard Cooper by one shot after 23 ends.

The Mike Reader versus Rod Davidson match was not decided until the 26th end with Davidson emerging the victor by three shots.

In the pairs competition, Peter Burch and Gerry Roberts held a three-shot lead after 18 ends, but Graham Pitman and Richard Cooper scored on each of the last three ends to win by one shot.

Madeira brought two rinks to Budleigh to contest what proved to be a very friendly game.

Not only was it played in great spiritbut, when the home side found themselves short of players, Madeira captain Ivor Morris loaned Budleigh one of his team.

The result, though hardly relevant after such an enjoyable afternoon, was 43-27 to Budleigh.

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