Olive's 8 retain perfect record with narrow victory over Terrorpins

PUBLISHED: 09:21 28 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:22 28 November 2012

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I have to admit up to a few years ago I knew nothing of this game which I understand has been passed down from generation to generation, writes SpursTom.

Thankfully you have many venues here in Devon, places like Budleigh Salterton with alleys at the Football Club where there are five teams, and The Feathers which is home to ten, all trying to keep this great tradition going. It all makes for a very social, if at times noisy, evening out.

Two of the teams from the Inn were locked in a League D match against each other last Tuesday week, this time the Terror Pins were the away side with Olive’s 8 the hosts.

This brought together the two promoted sides, who when they met last season the honours were even, though it was Terror Pins who went up as champions with Olive’s 8 in the runners up spot. They have been bitter rivals for many years standing, going back to their early days when both played at the Britannia Inn (aka Dog and Donkey).

Terror Pins started as underdogs because due to his father’s funeral their captain and his wife were once again unavailable, but it turned out to be a very intriguing contest, much closer than anticipated, including the usual gamesmanship which often occurs.

At the half way stage the hosts were six pins behind, but won the next two legs to turn things in their favour by 20 pins. The seventh leg was even, and with Olive’s 8 having a 61 pin eighth leg, it meant Terror Pins needed 82 for the match.

With their opponents averaging below 60 per leg, the hosts were confident of victory, but wait could there be a final twist. Terror Pins first two of Tony Gooding and Conrad (Mr T) Thomas excelled themselves by achieving spares, but then followed a little wobble, before Henry Yates also got himself a spare, but alas the last man fell short, leaving Olive’s 8 victorious by three pins (461 to 458), thus retaining a 100% league record.

The leading players on the night all with 60 and over were: Henry Yates, Mervyn Handford, Conrad (MrT) Thomas, and Tony Gooding for Terror Pins and Martin Ratcliffe, Justin Davey, Ali Bright and John Ratcliffe for Olive’s 8.

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