Topsham edged out in Plymouth - but the future certainly looks very bright!

PUBLISHED: 22:54 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 24 July 2013

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Sunday was Topsham’s big day when they went to Plymouth Sir Francis Drake to play the Devon & Cornwall Area final of the National 2 times 4 against the strong favourites from Cornwall, Carnon Down BC, writes Colin Chudley.

This is the first time that a Topsham team has reached this stage of any National Competition.

The rinks were; rink one comprised, Pete Gale, Paul Stone, David Tucker and Adrian Elson (Grant Howland the normal skip for this rink was unavailable due to holiday commitments) and rink two consisted of Norman Owen, Alan Woodley, Gary Howland and Lee Phillips

The green was very tricky and all the players found it difficult. The score did not reflect how tight the game was. Several ends hinged on luck and Topsham certainly didn’t seem to get their fair share. Lee Phillips on several occasions was unfortunate with his conversion shots and instead of losing 12-20 the score could quite easily have been reversed.

The main talking point was on the 20th end. With the skips having one bowl each left Topsham were lying six shots, which would have made only one shot difference across the two rinks with one end to play.

Lady luck again turned her face away from Topsham when their skips last bowl, clipped a Carnon Down bowl in for shot!

That effectively meant the end for Topsham and the final score was 31-41.

After the game one of the players said: “We probably deserved a better result against a team studded with Cornish Middleton Cup players but we will do better next year”.

Topsham Bowls Club is please with their performance this year and the future certainly looks bright.

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