Ottery bowlers in fine form as they defeat visiting St Thomas

PUBLISHED: 09:21 13 September 2018

Action from a busy afternoon on the Ottery St Mary green. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Action from a busy afternoon on the Ottery St Mary green. Picture CONTRIBUTED


Barnwood, from the Gloucester area, was the first of two touring sides to visit Ottery in the past week, writes Michael Smith.

Spectators enjoying the bowling at Ottery St Mary. Picture CONTRIBUTEDSpectators enjoying the bowling at Ottery St Mary. Picture CONTRIBUTED

In what was a very entertaining match (each side won two rinks with one rink drawn), the visitors took the match with an overall score of 84 shots to 78.

The winning Ottery rinks were Jill White, Fred Dart, Andrew Evans and skip Richard Bland and Eric Richardson, Carol Bennett, Maureen Phillips and skip Frank Jones, who both won by seven shots.

Next to visit were Devon Presidents, who arrived with five rinks and claimed success on four of them to the one won by Ottery. The visitors won overall by 102 shots to 89, and the winning Ottery rink was that of Clive Russell, Maureen Phillips, Andrew Evans and skip Peter Jones, 32-12.

In a friendly at home to St Thomas, Ottery enjoyed a 63-55 success and by three rinks to one; the best rink was Melvyn Trayhurn, Jean Railton and skip Ray Luscombe, 21-6.

There was more success for Ottery in a meeting with Starcross that was won by four rinks to one and overall by 82 shots to 73. This time the best rink was Moyra Griffin, Gerard McCarthy and skip Gail Hawke, 24-14.

The week ended with the touring team from the Isle of Wight visiting Ottery with an all men’s side who took the match 120-102 and by five rinks to one.

The winning Ottery rink was that of Graham White, Clive Russell, Andrew Evans and skip Ray Luscombe, 23-12.

This weekend sees the summer season drawing to a close with the Final Drive on Sunday (September 16). Reports on this and the last few fixtures of the season will be in next week’s Ottery Herald.

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