Phear Park put Bradninch to the sword

PUBLISHED: 10:36 08 June 2011

Bowls England visited Phear Bark Bowling Club as part of the Club's centenary celebrations to hoist a new flag and play a friendly match. Pictured is one of the Club Captains Sarah Westacott. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7439-19-11SH. Click on myphotos24 to order your copy of this photograph.

Bowls England visited Phear Bark Bowling Club as part of the Club's centenary celebrations to hoist a new flag and play a friendly match. Pictured is one of the Club Captains Sarah Westacott. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7439-19-11SH. Click on myphotos24 to order your copy of this photograph.

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Phear Park's stuttering start in the over-60s triples league got back on track last week, writes Lawrie Harries.

The A team were four shot winners when they faced Dunkeswell with Les Parr, Tom Russell and David Evans (skip) just pipping their opponents by 18 shots to 17.

Bob Smith’s triple of Richard Cooper, and John Dill finished 16–13 ahead which left Park picking up all eight points. Park B entertained Sidmouth and won 40-29.

They were indebted to a fine win by Dave Martin’s triple of Chas Coates and Mike Pope who claimed an outstanding 21-9 victory.

The second rink of John Anderson, Brian Green and Gerry Sharland fought back well from a slow start but were denied victory by the opposing skip’s final wood which left the visitors single shot winners at 20-19.

Park banked a healthy six points from the meeting.

Phear Park ladies played host to St. Thomas ladies in the unbadged triples league but were beaten by five shots.

Two points were won through Faye Downend, Liz Young and skip Janet Martin who landed a 21-8 success. Bradninch made a visit to the club for a five rink triples meeting.

Park won only two of the rinks but they did claim overall victory in the match to the tune of a 97-71 score line. Les Parr, John Anderson and Glenda Pope (skip) were 25-9 winners.

Gillian Harding, John Dill and Sarah Westacott (skip) did most towards the team victory with a 31-12 win in their match. Paark were pleased to welcome tourists from Royal Leamington Spa.

Not that there was much doffing of caps by Exmouth’s hoi polloi! But in keeping with long tradition of friendliness and diplomacy – especially to guests with the Royal appendage - Park bowled well but not well enough to win. With the touring side emerging as 119-100 victors.

Park’s winning rinks were Les Parr, John Whyte, Betty Bourne and Bob Smith (skip), who won 21-17 and David Evans skipped Liz Young,

Lawrie Harries and John Anderson to a 24-9 victory.

However, Richard Cooper and his rink of Fred Wood, Jenny Derbyshire and Brian Green took the friendship aspect a bit far by dropping shots on each of the last six ends, losing 18–17! Royal Phear Park – now there’s a thought for centenary year!

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