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PUBLISHED: 16:29 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

P5898-27-08SH 93 year old Phear Park bowler Harry Wilkes is pictured playing in the Club's Devon Patron's game this week. Contact at the club is Bob Smith 01395 270445.
Picture by Simon Horn.

P5898-27-08SH 93 year old Phear Park bowler Harry Wilkes is pictured playing in the Club's Devon Patron's game this week. Contact at the club is Bob Smith 01395 270445. Picture by Simon Horn.

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THE County Trophy match with Honiton produced victory in all five disciplines for the Madeira Men. The two wood singles was won by Josh Hadfield (21-5) and the four wood singles by Craig Ralph (21-17).

THE County Trophy match with Honiton produced victory in all five disciplines for the Madeira Men. The two wood singles was won by Josh Hadfield (21-5) and the four wood singles by Craig Ralph (21-17). The pairs went to Terry Reardon and Bill Davies with a score of 28-16 and the triples was won by Ken Roberts, Cliff Skinner and John Flockhart by one shot with a score of 16-15. In the fours, victory went to Mick Powell, Don Harris, John Smerdon and Colin Healy with a score of 29-19. The clean sweep puts Madeira into the final which will be against Budleigh Salterton on July 31.A touring team from Gosforth brought six rinks but the home side proved too strong, claiming a 138-77 win. An 11 shots half way lead finished in victory by a whopping 61 shots.The highest winning home rink was skipped by John Flockhart, supported by Tony Howie, Ron Cook and Vic Doidge, who won by 31 shots.A second visiting side to be entertained, and beaten, wereHorsham, who trailed by a dozen shots after five ends. At the midway point the home advantage was up to 31, and at the three-quarter stage it had grown to 52 but the visitiors did claw back some shots in the final quarter to see the contest end 148-102 in Madeira's favour. The best winning rink here was Jenny Smith, Deirdre Aldridge, Keith Smith and skip Vic Doidge, winning by 27 shots.A match with Honiton was another in which the in-form home bowlers proved too powerful. There were just a couple of shots in the game at the quarter mark stage, but that had grown to a dozen shots half way, and, despite a fine closing performance from Honiton's bowlers, it was the home side who finished winners 76-55 (212+).The highest winning rink was that of Trish Cain, Jean Healey, Ray Moore and skip John Onley who won their game by 13 shots.The game with Beacon Down was played over nine rinks and the visitors proved strong opponents leading the contest by ten shots at the half way mark and by the close of play the margin between the sides was 49, leaving the visitors winners by 190-141 (49).Madeira lost on seven of the nine rinks, the best of the winning rinks being that of Janet Allen, Lin Halpin, Ian Healey and skip Ray Moore, who won their meeting by a dozen shots. Next on the Madeira agenda is the annual tournament - here's hoping the weather improves for what should be a real bowls fest!MADEIRA'S bowlers managed to get the better of the dreadful weekend weather and opponents Topsham to book a last eight berth in the quarter finals of the Grace Mathews Top Club competition. Elizabeth Haynes won a close encounter, one that was decided on the final end, finishing 14-12 in her favour, whilst the pairing of Sue Harriott and Angela Denner led all the way in their match to win 30-20. In the 4-wood singles Jan Roberts was level pegging with Thelma Wildon for the first half of the game but then pulled away to win 21-12. With Madeira already holding 3 wins, the triples skipped by Liz Smerdon added a fourth, finishing at 20-10 making the completion of the fours game unnecessary.In the non-badged triples league there was another victory over Topsham, thanks to a resounding 28-12 win by Sandie Cox, Christine Macaulay and Louise Harvey, but, despite Sandie's 19-12 win with Jill Honnor and Jean Rainton at Phear Park, Madeira lost that match by just 2 shots.Another tough away game in the EDL against Crediton resulted in a fine 53-50 victory for Madeira with 2 of the 3 rinks being successful. The winning rinks were Jan Roberts, Jenny Smith, Pat Harris and Liz Healy 19-16, and Jill Perrin, Jean Healey, Pat Boman, and Annette Flockhart 20-14.The third round of the 2-wood singles brought wins for S Harriott (20-2), C Hadfield (17-6), and S Webb (16-9) and, in the 3-wood singles, E Haynes and S Cox safely negotiated through another round, as did B Williams and N Cureton in the 2nd round of the Ladies Pairs. V Bevan and Len Williams and George Perrin with Zena Stuart were early round winners in the mixed pairs.BUDLEIGH MEN won their semi final in the Top Club competition with a 3-2 victory over Chardstock and will now meet Madeira in the Section Final. In the four wood singles, John Dance was all square after seventeen ends but gained seven shots over the last four ends to win 23-16, whilst in the two wood singles John Lowe was level at 20-20 after twenty-nine ends and, despite, at one stage, holding shot on the last end, lost by one. In the triples John Dill, Rod Davidson and Gerry Roberts led all the way to win 24-6. The nail-biting part of the contest came in the bid to claim the all important '3rd leg' of the match. After eighteen ends they were down in both the remaining matches, 13-14 in the pairs and 14-16 in the rink. Brian Loft's foursome of Bert Mangeng, Mike Shaw and Dave Helman eventually lost 14-20 but the pair of Alan Cottle and Harry Vanstone saved the day for Budleigh by drawing two shots on the last end to win 16-15 and secure a place in the final by the narrowest of margins.It was a good week for Budleigh's A team in the Over 60s League with a splendid 8-0 win away at Honiton, followed up by a fine 6-2 home win over Culm Vale. Against Honiton the triple of Bert Mangeng, Alan Pearson and skip Brian Lofts led throughout to secure a 25-6 victory, while the triple of John Dill, Archie Autton and skip John Dance came back from 7-14 down to claim a 21-15 win. At home, against Culm Vale, Ron Tyler led his triple of Mike Reader and Gerry Roberts to an emphatic 32-8 victory.The B team won 8-0 away to Feniton, with Brian Hubbard's triple of Alf Wallen and Denis Shepherd winning 37-8. However, Jeff Rigg, Ken Freeman and skip Alan Chase had to fight back from an 8-11 deficit after ten ends to secure their 20-14 victory.Budleigh entertained a very strong Devon Centenary Team but were 142-82. The afternoon was rounded off with a superb afternoon tea prepared by the ladies.BUDLEIGH Ladies picked up nine points in their two over 50s' matches against Sidmouth and St Thomas and that means they have banked 29 out of a possible 36 points for the campaign so far. Against Sidmouth, Joan Shaw (skip) with Pat Harvey and Pat Pearson took an early lead, held it throughout and ended 28-7 winners, claiming outright victory in 13 of the 18 ends played. Maggie Dance (skip), Margaret Ratcliffe and Dawn Graham were 12-6 ahead after 12 ends, but a fight back from Sidmouth left the Budleigh ladies 14-12 down going into the last end but two home shots took the final score to 14-14. The game in Exeter at St Thomas was played in the most appalling weather conditions! The bowls were rolling along through the spray on a squelching green but, given the hardy nature of the bowlers, they refused to bow to the inclement weather and were rewarded with glorious sunshine for the latter stages of the contest! Dianzee Lowe's triple of Marilyn Jackson and Pearson won 19-12 whilst Jean Coates (skip), with Ratcliffe and Graham, lost by four shots. The two teams had been level at 14 shots each on 16 ends but the home side scored 5 on the 17th to claim the honours.There was also a visit from Sidmouth for a friendly triples and it was the visitors who excacted sweet revenge for their earlier over-50s' league defeat with wins on all four rinks.Elswhere in club news, the in-form Celia Mangeng has won through to the semi-final stage in the county singles whilst two of the club competitions are at the semi-final stages. Diane Dixon is through in the 2 wood and awaits her opponent and in the Otter Cup Margaret Butler plays Lilian Grainger whilst Ann Cottle faces Pat Dowen.

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