Budleigh bowlers bag Foxlands success over Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 11:35 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:35 21 June 2016

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Budleigh bowlers were busy with action on and off the rinks last week.

Swindon County Ground tourists brought six rinks and were regaled with a lunch before bowling, with many thanks attributed to the hard-working lady members for such a delicious luncheon.

The weather did its best to threaten the match, but did not truly arrive until 21 ends had been completed. By that time Budleigh had won the match by 122 shots to 85.

The best of the home team rinks was the one of Bob Gooch, Ann Vincent and Dianzee Lowe together with skip Rod Davidson, who, earlier that morning, had played a 32-end marathon with Brian Summers!

This served only to enhance his performance and his side won by 33 shots to six. The next most successful was Diane Dixon’s rink whose score was 27-12.

Playing at number two, was former captain Bernard Brace and there was a suggestion he was making a significant contribution to the score. When, in the interests of this report’s accuracy his team-mates were asked for confirmation, they replied: “He may think that, but we couldn’t possibly comment.”

George Woolacott skipped the third of Budleigh’s winning rinks and his side’s score was 27-12.

Budleigh also won a four rink mixed home friendly with St Thomas, beating the visitors 92-56 and by three rinks to one.

Archie Autton skipped Eileen Burston, Lorna Autton and George Woolacott to the highest winning margin of 16 shots, while Leighton Burston finished on plus 13 and Diane Dixon on plus 9.

In the Over-60s Triples League the Division Three meeting with Madeira B was notable mainly for very wet weather which caused the match to be halted after a dozen ends. The scores at that stage count as if the game had been completed in full and were 28-19 in Madeira’s favour. Gerry Roberts, with Bill Barber and Don Huish salvaged two points for Budleigh, winning by 13 shots to 7.

Budleigh bowlers were also successful in their Foxlands competition meeting with Phear Park, beating the Exmouth team on both rinks. Congratulations, to Brian Summers, Gerry Roberts, Rod Davidson and Dave Roberts who won at home and to Gerard McCarthy, George Woolacott, Noel Pond and Leighton Burston who won at the Park.

The next round will be the semi-final and their opponents are Chardstock – good luck to you gentlemen.

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