Sharland skips Budleigh team to victory against Seven Vales.

PUBLISHED: 08:24 24 May 2012

Budleigh Salterton bowler Tom Maidment is pictured bowling in the Devon Mens Pairs competition at Madeira in Exmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1033-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Budleigh Salterton bowler Tom Maidment is pictured bowling in the Devon Mens Pairs competition at Madeira in Exmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1033-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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In a very busy week, Budleigh was visited by three touring sides and teams from Somerset and Torbay.

The Five Valley Tourists shared rink honours but lost overall by nine shots.

Biggest contributors to Budleigh’s success were Margaret Ratcliffe, Dorothy MacConville, Mike Shaw and Tony Stone, who ended their match at plus 12..

Budleigh’s other winning rinks were skipped by Rod Davidson, plus two and Rob Jerrard, plus four.

First-time visitors from Crewkerne found the home team’s too hot to handle, losing on five of the six rinks and by 33 shots.

Rob Jerrard, with Audrey Taylor , Bernard Brace and David Blackwell excelled and romped home by 31 to 10.

Our Friends at Phear Park kindly contributed a rink, led by Richard Cooper, who pipped their opponents by scoring a single on the final end.

A very evenly matched contest against the Seven Vales Tourists resulted in a win for the visitors by just three shots.

The best performance of the day came from another Phear Park rink, when Gerry Sharland skipped Margaret Lock, Fay Downend and Richard Cooper to a 31–10 victory.

An enjoyable mixed triples friendly against Babbacombe ended in Budleigh’s favour by 91 shots to 77.

The home side’s best result came from Gordon Smith, Stuart Butler and Rob Jerrard, who, leading by a single shot after 13 ends, blitzed their opponents on the run-in to finish with a score of 21 to 11.

Tourists from the Gillingham Bowls Club proved to be very strong, winning on four of the seven rinks and scoring 159 shots to Budleigh’s 122.

For the second time in as many days the home side’s best rink was that of Rob Jerrard, who skipped Lilian Grainger, Tim Holding and Tony Dealler to a comfortable 29–16 win.

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