Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Last week was an extremely busy week for the Honiton bowlers, writes Tony Broughton.
First up the men played the first round of the Over-60s County Trophy against South Hams. In the away leg Roger Binmore’s rink forged ahead and, after seven ends, looked to be on their way to victory, but the hosts fought back to secure a 23-23 draw. The other Honiton rink, skipped by Mike Smith were reduced to three players and lost 24-10.5.
At home the rink of Ian Veitch, Mike Dart, Tony Tooley and Trevor Pipe won 34-14 the other rink, skipped by Eddie Sharman, lost by 17-27. This left the overall match score Honiton 4, South Hams 15. Not an auspicious start to the campaign, but fortunately this is a League type competition so they will get a chance to redeem themselves.
The same day, the ladies did much better when the A side played Torquay United in the first round of the Mason Trophy.
At Torquay Berry Maynard, Dulcie Broughton, Carol Smith and Julie Grant won 18-16 and at home Jean Mitchell, Marian Vessey, Ann Hillyear and Pearl Hackwood won 34-20.
The B side played their first round match in the same competition against Exonia. The away section of the team, comprising Rosemary Hirons, Ann Brown, Rita Barwick and Shirley Hiscocks, had a convincing 28-14 win whilst at home Phyllis Milner, Anne Newman, Lynda Dommett and Brenda Harris lost 13-20 giving Honiton a seven-shot victory.
The Mason Trophy is a knock out competition so the ladies now have two teams through to the second round, well done. The B side will play Sidmouth in the next round.
Last Thursday a two-rink ladies match against Budleigh ended in a 41-27 Honiton win. One rink lost but the other of Jenny Wilde, Linda Gadd, Carol Smith and Carole Binmore had a convincing win to carry the match.
On Friday three ladies’ triples went to battle with the Madeira Club and came out second best! The teams, skipped by Ann Hillyear and Rita Barwick, lost 13-17 and 6-14 respectively. Our only winning team was Carole Pidgeon, Brenda Harris and Pearl Hackwood at 18-11.
On Saturday the men had their first round match in the Charles Parrott Shield a double rink knock out competition for men who have not yet earned a County Badge, this is played one rink home one rink away.
For the second time in the week the opposition was South Hams and again the away team found that green difficult and lost 16-21, but I have stated before, this is a young players sport and our youngster Jimmy Smith (17), Scott Eveleigh (16), Kieran Daniels (17) and skip Liam Crawford (15) proved the point by saving the day with a spectacular 21-9 victory at home, they next play Mid Devon, or Kingsley, Well done, to you all.
Also on Saturday there were four rinks sent off to Donyatt in Somerset for a friendly match that resulted in two rink win and two rinks loss, but an overall win for Honiton of 85-70.
The rink skipped by Mike Critchley won by 21-14 but top rink was Myra and Barry Singleton, Margaret Bright and Owen Cleverdon at 29-14.
On Sunday there was a four-rink friendly match at home against the Sidmouth Club. Traditionally the matches between Sidmouth and Honiton are played with great spirit, but always very competitive.
Despite losing on three of the four rinks, two by one shot and the third by four, the one winning rink of Judith Broom, Les Crook, Margaret Bright, and Tony Broughton carried the match with an excellent 30-6 win taking the match total to 82-64.
Honiton play Sidmouth again at the end of November when I am sure they will want to avenge this defeat.