Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Forty-one players joined Kevin Crudge Coaches on a lovely September Monday morning prepared for their 2013 Honiton Bowls Tour to the New Forest area.
Everyone appreciated the late Summer weather on the ride to Wilton near Salisbury for the first match played on a green next to Wilton village shopping centre.
The opportunity to have time for shopping and a look at the carpet industry site went down well, especially with the ladies.
At 10 ends, tea time, Honiton were 19 shots down and hoping for the old adage that everything changes after tea to come true. Unfortunately it did not and they finished the match 93 to Wilton 135.
Top winners this day were Carole Binmore, Rod Isaac, Alan Fuller and Ken Morfey at 18-11.
Tuesday saw them at the village of Alderbury and a very hot day. Non players took advantage of this to go on an Open Top Bus trip through the very beautiful local countryside.
Carole Binmore had a tight match with only 11 shots scored in the first 10 ends but it was Ken Clarke’s foursome of Val Kille, Rod Isaac and John Munslow that took top rink honours at 31-10. Final result Honiton 102 Alderbury 98 a good result.
Wednesday involved a trip to the village of Downton again a very hot day.
Halfway through three rinks were hoping for the top rink honours but Fred Cowey got stuck on 13 for 5 ends, Brenda Harris just missed out on the 2 shots required on the last end and Gerry Dommett lost 9 shots in the last 6 ends to allow Dennis Hillyear, Maureen Parsons, Doug Hirons and Iris Long to gain top spot at 24-11. Honiton 115 Downton 113 a second very tight victory.
On the way home, Thursday, Ringwood put out a very strong side and supplied a lovely green which unfortunately seems doomed to be part of a site for retirement homes in the future.
Ken Clarke once again took top rink prize but only after a big fright.
Being 19-9 up with 2 ends to play he lost 9 shots over those two. His fellow bowlers this time were Joan MacKintosh, Silvia Rose and Ken Morfey.
Ringwood came out top at 88-121. After tea David Tooley started a Joke session and a Ringwood rival enabled considerable contributions to the Tour Misdemeanours Fine Box.
Tour organiser Keith Parsons had designated the sum to the Devon Freewheelers and they will benefit to the sum of £150.
A great tour and many thanks to the organisers for their good planning and making all the right choices.