Madeira bowlers all set for Devon’s County Championship bid

PUBLISHED: 19:01 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:01 21 February 2018

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.

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There was lots of good bowling at Madeira over the past week, writes Jenny Charles.

Topsham came to bowl and were well beaten by Madeira. A special mention must be made to David Bagnall, Carol Worth, Hilary Bird and Dennis Huntley for their high-scoring game, 33-12. Well done to Hilary Bird as this is her first season of playing bowls.

We then had a visit from South Hams, with Madeira just winning overall by four shots. Chris Reed, Penny Preece, John Hopkins and Susie Roughton [another new bowler] won by nine shots.

Bovey Tracey gave us a good game, but Mary Clook, John Hopkins, Jean Healey and Chris Price bowled well to secure a 28-7 victory - a great win.

Last week also saw the final match of this season for Madeira in the Lane Trophy competition. It was against our friends from Budleigh Salterton and Madeira had some very good games and got home with a 3-1 win to also secure the two bonus points. Well done, to all of those bowlers who played and enjoyed playing in the Lane Trophy; we shall look forward to competing again next autumn. The Foxlands trophy was also played in the past week with a fixture against Torbay that produced two strong wins, a draw and a loss for Madeira. In these matches, supporters enjoyed watching some very competitive bowling. Later this week, on Friday and Saturday (February 23 and 24), the semi-finals of the County Championships are to be played at South Hams.

Madeira are well represented for we have players in the pairs, triples and the fours. There has been a lot of excellent bowling played to reach this stage and we wish them all good luck and good bowling to reach the final County game.

The National competitions are still being played. Janine Orchard and Joy Penberthy beat Susie Bonnell and Jill Bishop from Sidmouth to ensure a place in the area finals; they will play against two young players from Torquay: Cassidy Lenton and Harriet Stevens. This should be an excellent match to watch. We are waiting to hear which neutral green they will play on.

Our hard-working coaching team is producing excellent bowlers, who are now playing in teams throughout the club with confidence.Well done to the coaches and new bowlers.

Bowls can be played by all, so come along at 4.30pm on a Friday and see what goes on. Everyone who comes along will enjoy a very warm welcome.


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