Madeira bowls launches a new outdoor season

PUBLISHED: 10:59 01 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:59 01 May 2014

President Matt Marriott (centre front with black blazer) with his vice captains Anne Doidge and Charles Darke on Presidents day. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exsp 4254-17-14TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

President Matt Marriott (centre front with black blazer) with his vice captains Anne Doidge and Charles Darke on Presidents day. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exsp 4254-17-14TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Well here we are again at the start of a new outdoor season and what a great start it was, writes Matt Marriott.

Welcome back to those who have wintered abroad and those who have rested. The opening drive, now known as Presidents Day, was held in glorious sunshine. Which is hopefully, a glimpse of the oncoming summer!

Ninety-six bowlers took part in the game and with 12 guests invited by the president enjoyed the day, with the tea being provided by the president’s wife Madeleine Marriott, aided by Pat and Mike Boman and Janet and Jim Gosling (the president having been thrown out of the kitchen !) A great big thank you, to them all.

The day started with the spider and it was Sue Burr’s wood that fought it’s way closest to the jack.

That saw the drive get underway and judging by the laughter it sounded an enjoyable start.

There were not too many wrong bias’s and the game resulted in a win for the team of May Dyson, David Morrish, Graham Anderson and skipped by Bob Burch with a result of plus 15.

The bottom team of the day was at minus 20, but as I don’t want to be set upon at this early stage I won’t mention any names, just enjoy the Mars Bar.

The team of John Crosskerry, Pam Langdon, Stewart Grainger and Sandy Cox toiled away to end up with a zero score so won the Polo’s.

We now look forward to the rest of the season and welcoming the various touring teams when they arrive, and good luck to all those who have entered the various Club competition’s.

Lastly, it with great sadness I have to report of the death of Francis Newton after a long struggle.

Always a man with a smile, and a determination to carry on. Not only known to our club members but many throughout the County. Our condolences go out to all his family.

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