Ladram Bay bowlers seal historic victory

PUBLISHED: 10:02 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:02 11 July 2013

Trophy presented by John Vanstone (Budleigh Captain) to Stuart Butler (Ladram Bay Captain) with Donna Smith (Ladram Bay representative

Trophy presented by John Vanstone (Budleigh Captain) to Stuart Butler (Ladram Bay Captain) with Donna Smith (Ladram Bay representative


The third annual match between Budleigh and Ladram Bay residents took place in beautiful sunshine and, for the first time, was won by Ladram bowlers by 104 shots to 87

This event, the brain-child of Margaret and Stuart Butler, is sponsored by Ladram Bay Holiday Centre and manager Donna was on hand to present the trophy and bottles of wine to the highest winning rinks from both sides.

The home team’s best rink was skipped by Joan Shaw who with Alf Wallen, Janice Brace and husband Mike, won by ten shots.

‘On loan’ Budleigh bowlers were included in Ladram’s wine-winning rink which were George Woolacott, Margaret Butler, Tony Dealler and Terence Rose who finished on plus 12.

The action was punctuated by a superb tea and captain John Vanstone expressed thanks to all who participated in it’s preparation.

The 86th Budleigh Tournament commences on Sunday (July 14), and co-ordinator Ron Tyler reports that the entry includes bowlers from many parts of the country in addition to those from local clubs.

As usual, food and refreshments will be available throughout the day and members and guests are urged to attend.

The event will be opened by the Mayor of Budleigh Town Council and play will start at 9am with the first round of the Open Triples

In the third division of the Over-60s Triples competition, the A squad took maximum points from their fixture with Crediton.

Allan Cottle’s trio, surviving their opponents’ late rally, held on to win 16-13. On the second rink, David Blackwell, Brian Alabaster and Burges Stace were never headed and won comfortably 21-12.

The seventh division away match featuring the B squad and front-runners, Feniton B, ended in a win for the hosts by 34-27, but Budleigh gained two league points thanks to Alan Purdham’s trio who overcame a twelve-shot deficit after only seven ends, to win by 17 to 15.

The C squad were more successful in another away fixture, this time versus Madeira D, and gained six points from a 42-35 victory. With two ends to play, Budleigh appeared to be heading for overall defeat but a strong finish, particularly from Don Huish, George Woolacott and Peter Cooper ensured a very pleasant afternoon ended on a high note.

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