Phear Park get the better of Budleigh.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH entertained Phear Park to a two rink men s friendly which turned out to be one of the games of the season, writes Paul Griffin.

BUDLEIGH entertained Phear Park to a two rink men's friendly which turned out to be one of the games of the season, writes Paul Griffin.

The visitors took an early lead, but were pegged back by Budleigh to level at 7-7 after five ends. After ten ends the home side held a narrow one shot advantage with the score at 16-15. The match continued to ebb and flow and at the seventeenth end the match was tied 27-27.

The visitors rink skipped by David Evans with P Nelson, R Bateman and Peter Burch then imposed themselves on the game by scoring six shots without reply on the final four ends to win 21-12 and see Phear Park home to a narrow 35-32 victory.

The home rink of Wally Nickels, Paul Griffin, Gerry Roberts and skip Tony Stone gained five shots on the last two ends to win their rink 20-14.

Before the match, the bowlers were joined by other club members to enjoy a superb Bangers and Mash lunch prepared and served by the Budleigh Ladies. Perhaps the Budleigh bowler's downfall was caused by indulging themselves with too much apple crumble and custard!

After the match, Budleigh's Captain Richard Cooper presented Phear Park with the Old Oak Trophy.

This trophy has been donated by David Evans and is made from wood from the two hundred year old oak tree which was recently blown down in Phear Park.

In the Symes Robinson and Lee sponsored Budleigh Evening League, the Budleigh Hawks beat the Budleigh Eagles 40-33 with the rinks being shared.

In this match the Hawks triple of Peter Norman, Dick Mitchell and skip David Evans recovered from 11-12 down to win 23-14.

The Eagles triple, skipped by Alan Cottle with Gordon Mansfield and Mike Reader also came back from 13-16 down to win 19-17.

The other match played in this league saw the Budleigh Eagles beat Madeira Red on both rinks and by 43-27 overall.

The Eagles triple of Brian Alabaster, Mike Shaw and skip Ron Tyler lead from the start on their rink before closing out a 20-12 win.

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