Budleigh men finally ‘off the mark’ in Over-60s League campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:41 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 31 May 2018

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It was important that the Budleigh men improved on their early season performance in the Over-60s Exeter and District Triples League having picked up only five points from their first three games, and a home game against Feniton A was an ideal opportunity for them to make their mark, writes David Roberts.

Having been promoted from Division Three to Division Two, the standard quite naturally is more challenging, but an overall win against Feniton A of 32 shots to 29 shows the team is more than capable in holding their own.

In fact, in the first three matches the Budleigh men so easily could have picked up more points, but the rub of the green has not gone their way. Tony Barnes, Andrew Cardy and skip David Roberts played well together to shrug off the Feniton challenge at the halfway stage to run out 19-11 winners.

On the other rink, Bill Barber, Paul Griffin and Brian Goddard took an early lead and stayed well in contention until a six shot loss at the halfway stage. Nevertheless, whilst losing the rink 18-13 it was important they kept the deficit as small as possible and losing by only five shots allowed the overall victory. In the Top Club competition, the men suffered a narrow home defeat to Chardstock 3-2. With five disciplines being played, Gerry Roberts played well, digging deep to hold on to an early lead and take the match 21-17, whilst there was an impressive win for Bill Barber, Brian Ward and Brian Goddard in the Triples 14-11.

With losses in the four-wood singles and the two wood rink, the last match to finish in the darkness of the evening would be the decider.

Peter Hillman and Paul Griffin in the pairs played a great match and at one stage held the lead going into the final three ends, but a spirited display from the Chardstock pair scoring a crucial three shots on the nineteenth end made the difference as they ran out 17-15 winners to take the tie. In the Saturday tour match, Budleigh hosted Caerleon (Newport) over six mixed rinks and to ensure there were sufficient numbers to put out 24 players over six rinks, the club is very grateful to Ottery St Mary for supplying a rink and also for Phear Park member John Dill for turning out in Budleigh colours.

There was a resounding win for the tourists 150-92. Best of the Budleigh rinks was that of Ann Vincent, Gwen Hurst, Brian Ward and Gerry Roberts, who were cruising comfortably 17-8, but only just held on for a draw 17-17. Anne Clarke, Ralph Cartwright, Joan Shaw and skip John Dill also grabbed a draw 20-20 with a strong finish scoring six shots over the last two ends. All in all it proved to be a very sociable afternoon despite the result and a huge effort from the Budleigh committee and members.

The men have a busy week with a County Trophy match against Honiton, an Over-60s League visit to Hemyock and the first round of the Foxlands trophy against Sidmouth.

The ladies play Sidmouth in the Over-50s triples league and the club welcomes Starcross in a mixed friendly.

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