Bowlers beat thunder, hail and rain to complete match

The first full week of competition at Lyme Bowls Club has proved to be a mixed bag, writes Paul Moffitt.

Disappointingly, the Ladies came unstuck in their first league game in division 1. They were away to Sherborne-somewhat of a nemesis team for the ladies - and only managed to salvage a single point in 10.

This week is the start of the the Mens' Leagues. There has had to be a bit of reshuffling of the teams and it will prove interesting to see how they manage this week.

On the friendly front, Lyme has done quite well, with three wins out of four. The only loss was to a touring side from Swindon who proved to be too strong on the day, but, despite this, we still transported them and their bags back up the hill to their coach!

Friendly results: Lyme Ladies 68, Westland Ladies 50: J Moffitt, Y Moody, J Parsons 23-17; A Rattenbury, D Courtenay-Smith, A Allman 19-22; K Smith, H Dowling, C Barber 26-11.

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Madeira 87, Lyme 125: S Wood, J Parsons, R Edwards, D Perry 26-9; B Downes, A Curtis, H Keep, E Skeemer 21-12; R Carnan, H Dowling, B Parsons, John Wells 22-19; R McLennan, M Bartlett, J Beadsley, Chas Barber 24-15; G Clode, Jill Wells, D Wood, P Moffitt 20-9; A Preece, J Moseley, J Moffitt, Chris Barber 12-23.

Lyme 81, Westlecot Tour 125: K Gardiner, J Moffitt, N Stephens, N Solomon 19-8; M Knight, A Rattenbury, J Kesterton, Chris Barber 7-28; D Read, S Applebee, E Rodgers, P Moffitt 14-23; S Cox, T Poyner, R Moody, J Beadsley 18-20; Y Moody, R McLennan, S Rowe, G Cozens 13-21; P Stephens, J Perry, N Benson, B Collier 10-25.

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Lyme 120, Honiton 115: J Parsons, V Cozens, N Solomon, K Clissold 22-20; C Clissold, N Benson, D Wood, Chas Barber 17-25; Y Moody, A Rattenbury, J Beadsley, G Cozens 17-19; A Brown, D Courtenay-Smith, R Moody, E Skeemer 21-22; S Wood, R Cridge, J Moffitt, John Wells 19-15; K Smith, Jill Wells, J Irwin, P Moffitt 24-14.

?Feniton Bowling Club’s season started with an away fixture at Dunkeswell which they lost by 59-74 shots, writes Roger Smith.

Ruth Clarke, Frank Jones and Tony Kury were the only winning rink, 23-16.

In their second match they entertained the touring team Spencer Moulton from Wiltshire. The match seemed to be swinging Feniton’s way until an almighty hailstorm with thunder and lightning brought about an early adjournment for tea. After the interval, the pendulum swung the other way, with the visitors running out winners by 61-107. The only winning rink for the home team was Frank Brooks, Dot Chipperfield, Judy Smith and Don Conbeer 12-11.

?On Wednesday, May 4, the club entertains the Bowls Devon President’s team. A most prestigious fixture, especially this year as Feniton’s Don Coyne is the Bowls Devon President.

?Fine warm weather greeted Seaton’s bowlers on the opening drive, attended by over 40 members, writes Ted Harden.

The winners were Lyn Allison for the ladies and Don Yaxley for the men.

On Easter Monday, the ladies challenged the men to a fun match with everybody dressed in bright colours. The match was enjoyed by all and played in great spirit, even though the men scraped home.

The ladies played their opening game against Chardstock and won by 59 shots to 42. The highest winning rink was Ann Wright, Betty Steer and Barbara Harden.

Seaton now have two teams in the Exeter men’s over-60s triples league.

The A team played their first match against Cullompton, winning easily by 58 shots to 13. The highest winning rink was Alan Wood, Les Tooze and Ron Rowley.

The first touring side to visit Seaton this season were Westlecot BC

Despite the thunder, hailstones and heavy rain, there were enough fine spells to complete a very enjoyable game, which the visitors won by 117 shots to 102.

The highest Seaton rink was Ann Wright, Ann Joyner, John Packham and Don Yaxley.

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