Madeira put Budleigh to the sword

PUBLISHED: 11:35 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 02 July 2015

Madeira's Margaret Mahon playing touring side Gloucester Co-op on Saturday. Ref exsp 2645-27-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Madeira's Margaret Mahon playing touring side Gloucester Co-op on Saturday. Ref exsp 2645-27-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


It was non-stop action at Madeira Bowls Club in the past week, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

In a ‘friendly’ contest, the ladies trounced Budleigh Salterton by a very un-neighbourly margin of 30 shots (74-44). Skip Jean Rainton with Janet Grundy, Debbie Fox and Nicky Fiddimore inflicted a significant

portion of the damage. Visitors Swansea and Bristol tourists then turned the tables, narrowly beating Madeira by 108-102.

Top rink for Madeira was skipped by Charlie Darke (captain) with Janet Grundy (starring again), Ian Sowden and Ann Doidge (ladies captain).

Next up, Madeira hosted the Wellington Bowls Club and won the six rink match 119-72. Top rink for Madeira was skipped by Charlie Darke (yes, that man again!).The thrill of victory however, was rapidly replaced by the agony of defeat as Soar Valley tourists swept to a 109-82 victory.

The top rink for Madeira was skipped by David Macaulay with Janet Allen, Josie Glaister and a vintage contribution from Derek Blatchford.

Madeira then worked hard to achieve an overall win in an eleven rinker against visitors Gloucester Co-op. Top rink for Madeira was skipped by Bob Finch with Dave Clarbull and Glyn and Betty Roberts, who proved that ‘growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no

time to form.’

Finally, on Sunday, fuelled by a splendid strawberry and cream tea, Sue Burr, Madeleine Marriott and Liz Healy swept to victory in the keenly contested Grace Mathews Triples.

In representative matches, Madeira Ladies beat Tiverton West End in the National Top Club 92-41 and Madeira B trounced Crediton 56-33 in the Bowls Devon Inter-Club.

However, victory eluded the Over-50 ladies in league action as they won on one of the two rinks at Ottery St Mary, but lost the match overall by a solitary shot. (Boo hoo!).

Finally, in a dramatic ‘come-from-behind’ effort, Jean Rainton and Ian Thompson overcame a shaky start to surge to victory and reach their Group final in the Devon County Mixed Pairs.

The Club now barely draws breath before the start of the Annual Open Tournament starting on July 12.

The grounds are in prime condition and huge thanks must go to the greens committee of Martin and Lyn Eveleigh, Sue Harriott, Ian Thompson and their merry band of helpers who have made Madeira’s greens the envy of the County.

We also must acknowledge that gardens are not made by singing: “Oh how beautiful and sitting in the shade”. Our ‘gardeners’, Mavis Mears, Shirley Smith and Joy Penberthy have done a stunning job. The grounds are a picture. Thank you, for all your hard work. It is appreciated by

bowlers and spectators alike.

Spectators are welcome at The Annual Open Tournament which runs from July 12, through until July 18.

There is a record number of entries this year so it is all hands to the pump and, if members have any time to spare, it is hoped they will volunteer as markers, bartenders, cake makers and kitchen helpers/cleaners. In other words, all hands on deck.

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