Phear Park team enusre the Axon trophy stays at home!

PUBLISHED: 14:50 30 August 2011


Robert Axon was a founder member of Phear Park bowling club in 1911 and, in 1941, donated a handsome silver trophy as a means of raising funds for local hospitals.

Later the club decided to make the Axon Cup an annual challenge trophy, inviting six local clubs to participate.

This year’s winners were a home rink – Roy Bateman, Isabel Richards, Faye Downend and David Evans (skip).

This meant that Park retained the trophy for the second successive year. Last season Isabel Richards and David Evans were also part of the successful rink.

A splendid afternoon’s bowling was rounded off with a glass of wine and birthday cake to celebrate President Harry Wilkes’ 96th birthday.

Park’s A team in the over-60s league came unstuck again when Uffculme visited although David Evans’ triple of Roy Bateman and John Whyte rescued two points. Looking comfortable at 16 -12, Park conceded a five on the seventeenth but held their nerve to win 18-17. The second triple struggled and went down by six shots.

Park A made a return to winning ways when they defeated visitors Okehampton on both rinks to win by seven shots. Roy Bateman, Tom Russell and skip David Evans got off to a flying start taking six shots on the first end and eventually winning 19-14. Bob Smith (skip) Peter Burch and John Dill took their game 19-17 to ensure maximum points for Park.

The B team had something of a shock when a rink lost against visitors Ottery St Mary. The first loss for five weeks!

Park’s second triple played more like their recent form and John Anderson, Ron Rooke and skip John Walker ran out comfortable winners by 22 shots to 11, leaving Park winners overall by eight shots, giving them six points.

Park journeyed to Feniton for a four rink friendly and returned 83-58 victors. Most of the damage was done by Joan Evans, Lawrie Harries, Rob Mottershead and David Evans (skip) who were in scintillating form, winning their contest 33-3.

Liz Young, Mary Thomas, Brian Green and skip Bob Smith also had a good afternoon ending 22 - 10 ahead.

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