Madeira men make flying start in national double rink competition

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 May 2018

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

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


The past week saw the start of internal club competitions with the men's section, Hunters Cup, on bank holiday Monday, writes Jenny Smith.

County and national competitions also got under way with the men playing in the National Double Rink and the Ladies in the National Top Club and the County Fours.

Madeira men have made a good start in the National Double Rink with both A and B teams winning overall.

Madeira A played Sidmouth and Aaron Southgate skipped his team of Martyn Eveleigh, Noel Pond and Bill Davis to an impressive win of 24 shots to 11 which ensured the overall win of 34 shots to 30.

Madeira B played Heavitree to win overall again by a narrow margin of 35 shots to 32.

Mike Orchard led his team of Andy Lock, David Macaulay and Ken Roberts to win by plus eight shots.

There was another good win in the Exeter and District League (EDL) with Madeira men achieving a decisive win of 105 shots to Okehampton’s 52.

They won on three of the four rinks with the highest shot difference of plus 30 being achieved by Craig Ralph playing with Jim Wherlock, Cliff Skinner and Mark Perrott.

The ladies played against Seaton in the National Top Club and were disappointed to lose the other three disciplines by the narrowest of margins despite having a plus 16 shot difference. Nicky Fiddimore and Sandie Cox had an excellent 28 shots to 11 win in the pairs.

Both the triples and the fours were decided on the last end.

Four teams played in the preliminary round of the Bowls Devon Ladies Fours with two making it through to a second round when Jacky Howle and her team lost to Honiton and Jean Rainton’s team lost to Seaton by just two shots.

There has been a plethora of friendlies of late. Ladies’ vice captain, Mary Solway, enjoyed her first experience as captain when she led a team of six mixed triples to Bitton Park.

The team did well to win four of the triples by significant margins for an overall win of 118 shots to 74, the top rink being skipped by Liz Healy playing with Mike Ball and Ann Doidge who won by 24 shots to eight.

Fortunes were reversed when Babbacombe brought six mixed rinks to Madeira with the visiting team winning by plus 16 shots. The home team won on two rinks with Jean Rainton and her team of Jan Roberts, Graham Cottey and Terry Dowrick achieving top rink by 26 shots to 11.

Lyme Regis brought five mixed rinks to Madeira last Thursday and did well to win by 98 shots to Madeira’s 84.

Geoff Furminger and his team of Alan Porter, men’s vice captain, Danny Doran and Dave Bagnall achieved the highest shot difference of Madeira’s two winning rinks of plus 10.

On the same day, three ladies’ triples went to Honiton for an enjoyable afternoon.

Chris Macaulay playing with Jean Bagnall and captain Jude Latta did well to win by 18 shots to seven, but Honiton had the overall win of 44 shots to 35.

Madeira did well against West Midlands Police, who brought a touring team to play 10 mixed rinks.

The home team did well, achieving wins on eight rinks and overall by 198 shots to 115.

Finally, the home team also did well against Totnes, who brought six mixed rinks to Exmouth. Madeira won three games and drew another for an overall win of 119 shots to 77.

Chris Reed, playing with Jan Worsfold, Ken Thompson and David Mansell, led the highest winning rink of 26 shots to 10.

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