94-46 start to week

PUBLISHED: 16:08 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:32 16 June 2010

First things first: an apology. Trevor Wilkins, past county president, has informed me that my scoring last week was wrong, so sorry for that.

First things first: an apology. Trevor Wilkins, past county president, has informed me that my scoring last week was wrong, so sorry for that.

Apparently, the Men's Indoor County Trophy is a KO competition, so we're finished for this season, and the Over 60s County Trophy has a very complex scoring system that I have yet to master.

It is difficult being an investigative reporter; we are only as good as our sources. But thanks to Trevor Wilkins and to Eddie, who at least gives me the friendly match results.

To continue, a nice start to the week with a win at home against Axminster by 94-46. Our top rink, Liz Fielding. Jenny Wilde, Eddie Sharman and Shirley Hiscocks, at 26-9.

Home again Wednesday to Dunkeswell and another win, 77-37. Top rink at 24-5 was Eileen Dommett, George Hoare and Gordon Tillier.

Saturday home to Donyatt and a win of 111-57. Top rink Dot Russell, Doug Hirons, Dave Roberts and Ken Clarke at 36-10.

Final match of the week, Sunday, against the Nomads and yet another win, 81-69. Top rink was John Ritchie, Bernard Tonkin, Pat Whitworth and Mike Sellick.

The Nomads Association was formed back in the Nineties by Dick Northam, Somerset, and John Coburn, Dorset, both umpires. Membership was by invitation only, mostly other umpires. They organised matches against clubs throughout the South West with the idea of raising funds for charity. Numbers for matches started to drop so the doors were opened to other bowlers.

I know, at first glance, raising money for charity is a noble thing but I believed from the start that this group drew players away from clubs that were already struggling to fulfil matches. In today's economic climate, even more clubs are struggling, and with new membership criteria, I believe even more I was right.

Lynda Dommett and Rosemary Hirons went to Isca and lost to Jill Oakey and Connie Barter in the National Ladies' Pairs competition.

The same Isca pair did not fare as well when they came up against Joan Heard and Sue Evans at Honiton in the National Un-badged Pairs competition.

Before anyone shouts foul, this is a competition for ladies who do not have an England badge. In truth, the Isca pair played well but Joan and Sue were in devastating form and won 21-5, not playing the last few ends.

Finally Lynda and Steve Dommett continue their winning spree in the Nation Mixed Pairs, beating Terry Kennard and Bob Gilpin on their own Torquay Utd green by 28-14. Well done.

Our annual presentation and dinner at the Honiton Golf Club on Friday attracted 86 members and guests. Both indoor and outdoor trophies were presented. Winners were pretty well spread out but Sue Evans and Trevor Pipe always seem to have more than their fair share. Well done to all winners, and well done to the organisers, Rosemary Hirons, Rita Barwick, Tony Tooley and yours truly, and to Joan Heard for keeping track of all the winners.

By Tony Broughton

Honiton bowls


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