Topsham edged out in County Fours group semi-final

PUBLISHED: 11:39 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:39 18 July 2013

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Monday saw Topsham's ladies gain a comfortable win in the Over-50s league when they defeated Morchard Bishop at home, writes Colin Chudley.

There were two games in the Exeter and District league on Tuesday.

The ladies suffered a defeat to Honiton whilst the Topsham men played Exonia and registered a resounding victory winning on all four rinks, 106-54.

Last week Topsham B was the only winning team in the Over-60s league, but a week is a long time in bowls and, on Wednesday, they were the only team of the four Topsham teams to lose when Crediton beat them 28-30.

The A team beat Culm Vale A 38-28, the C team won 38-32 against Exonia B and the D team gained a comfortable win against Belmont C.

Thursday was a very busy day for Topsham. A touring team from Beckenham and Bromley Bowling Association was the first game of the day and we recorded a very good win 114-73 with all rinks defeating their opposition.

This was an especially good win as Topsham fielded several players who only started playing this year, as the result of the preseason recruiting drive. They were Rose Munns, Jo Walker and Kirsten Coleman.

The men had a bit of slip up in their quest to win both the Exeter and District league and County cup, when they suffered a heavy defeat at their near rivals Crediton 64-93, but they still maintain their small lead at the top.

Friday saw the resumption of the club night triples with some players using it as practice for The Topsham Fun Week Tournament beginning Monday, August 5. For more information on that, go to our website www.topshambc.co.uk

Topsham congratulate its representatives for their performance in the Devon Men’s county finals.

The County Finals of the men’s triples and fours took place this weekend.

On Friday, Topsham was represented in the triples by Jamie Wyman, John Brand and skip, Ashley Berry; they lost in their first game to a rink of International players from Shaldon! They said it was a good experience and although they lost, they enjoyed the game immensely.

On Saturday, in the County Fours, it was the turn of Topsham’s rink containing Peter Gale, Grant Howland, Gary Howland and Lee Phillips. They won their first game against John Evans and his rink from Babbacombe in convincing style. Then, in the group semi-final they met a strong team from Bitten Park Teignmouth and, although they entered the last end in the lead, they were very unlucky to lose that end dropping four shots and lost the game by 20-21. I am told the team was ‘very disappointed’, but hope to go one game further next year.

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