Bowlers busy despite wet spell

PUBLISHED: 15:10 20 June 2012

Richard Nooth playing for Feniton against St Thomas. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 6809-25-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Richard Nooth playing for Feniton against St Thomas. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 6809-25-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24


Axminster - The ladies had an excellent win at home to Lyme Regis (52-41) with a winning rink of Lilian Lovatt, Pam Hunter, and Chris Todd (25-5) whilst Phil Bolwell, Daphne Ryan, and Margaret Crompton had a creditable tie (15-15). Owing to the dreadful weather this game was played on the Indoor rinks, writes David Harris.

Congratulations to Ann Clayton and Phil White who are through to the third round of the County Pairs KO Competition after beating the Feniton pair of Lyn Eveleigh and Glynis North (24-19).

In the mixed friendlies, Ax were beaten at home by Dunkeswell (39-89) with no winning rinks – quite a disaster but still an enjoyable afternoon!

Ax fared better at home to Seaton in the next friendly (101-43) with winning rinks of Phil White, John Hill, Mary Preston, and Mike Preston (32-8), Norman Copland, Joan Quick, Ken Quick, and Margaret Crompton (25-13), Les Monk, Eve Cole, Pam Clark, and Pam Hunter (23-12), and Morrison Brown, Chris Todd, Alan Taylor, David Harris (21-12).

The men were narrowly beaten at home to Heavitree (27-30) in the Devon Over-60s League with a winning rink of Morrison Brown, Brian Clark, and Bob Sherborne (16-12) before going out of the TopClub Competition (2-3 rinks) with Bob Sherborne (4-wood singles) and Andy Spillar (2-wood singles) winning their rinks and the pairs team of Steven Apsey and Frank Bridge losing narrowly (19-21) on the last end! Both teams deserve praise for playing the game in torrential rain and strong gales!

We then went out of the ‘Foxlands’ Competition to Feniton with both the home rink and away rink losing.

Feniton - The men’s team returned to form in their County Trophy match against Budleigh Salterton winning on three of the four rinks by 85-60 to score 10 points.

The winning rinks were R Cooke, E Cox, D Evans and K Lovering 30-8. I Veitch, J Rolph, A Kury and S Dommett 21-15 and G Phillips, A Evans, Ro Clarke and R Smith 19-16. They then lost their Top Club match against Seaton, losing in all five disciplines.

However the highlight of their week was a win against Axminster in the Foxlands competition by 57-25. The winning rinks were M Eveleigh, A Smith, D Coyne and J Skinner 30-11 and I Veitch, R Cooke, D Evans and K Lovering 27-14.

The men’s over 60s A team defeated St Thomas A by 34-22 thereby securing six points. The winning rink was S Nevill, A Smith and R Arundell 19-6. The B team lost on both rinks against Exeter St Thomas C by 28-35.

Feniton Ladies completed the double over Chardstock Ladies winning at home by 41-32. The winning rinks were G Blackmore, N Cox, A Coyne and J Smith 21-14 and R Clarke, A Pritchard, G North and C Granger 20-18. They then lost their next match against Sidmouth by 37-55. The winning rink was N Cox, L Dommett and J O’Sulliivan 19-14. They also lost a close match in the Inter Club competition against Hemyock by 35-43. Finally, in their most recent match they lost to local rivals Honiton by 33-62.

Seaton - The weather forecast for the week boded ill, but Seaton managed to play a few games between the gales and storms, writes Linda Stone.

The week started with a friendly away match against Axminster BC. The result was a heavy loss for Seaton. It is always a real challenge to play on their artificial surface rather than the grass we are used to.

The Over-60s men’s A team lost to St. Thomas B by four shots (30-34). Seaton A got two points and the top triple was I Steer, R Rowley and A Wood.

Seaton were visited by Bradninch and had a close game, Bradninch winning (81-82). Top rink was L Hurley-Smith, G Fullalove, K Miles and J Russell.

Wednesday was a busy day as both the men’s A and B O60s played and the Ladies took part in the next round of the Inter Club competition.

The men’s A team won by a massive 44 shots (58 -14) against Honiton A. Seaton gaining eight points with both Seaton rinks having the same shot difference of 22. The men’s B team also won at Sidmouth playing the Sidmouth C team (36 – 28) gaining seven points to one.

The ladies travelled to Culm Vale Bowls club near Cullompton to play Rock Park from Barnstaple. Seaton won by 10 shots (38 – 28).

Starcross visited Seaton on Thursday to play a mixed triples match. Seaton won 64- 55. Top Seaton triple was J Packham, M Vessey and K Miles.

On Friday, the ladies’ over-50’s team played at home against Heavitree. They lost by just two shots, but gained just two of the six points winning on one rink.

Lyme Regis - Another week of highs and lows as far as the league teams were concerned.

The men's championship side managed to snaffle all 10 points against Poole Park at home, a good result against one of the stronger teams in the league. The ladies,on the other hand,contrived to lose all 10 points away to Blandford. The men's A team were rested but the B team’s visit to Greenhill only netted two points.

This coming week all the league teams will be rested in order to accommodate the Annual Open Tournament, the organisers of which will be praying for an improvement in the weather.

Only one friendly this week when the ladies played away at Axminster. As the weather was somewhat inclement, it was decided to play the game on the inside green.

It is too early as yet to give any details of any of the various county and national games being played out in the earlier stages, but certain teams and individuals are progressing quite nicely. Let's hope Lyme can provide at least one finalist.

Results: Dorset Men's Championship: Lyme 58, Poole Park 42: J Eaton, P Eagles, S Pomeroy, P Pomeroy 23-16; M Knight, A Preece, D Meylan, P Moffitt 17-10; P Stephens, E Skeemer, T Allman, C Barber 18-16. West Dorset Men Div 2: Lyme B 29, Greenhill B 64.: T Payne, R McLennan, B Stephens, R Cridge 11-23; B Turpin, D Read, R Winterborne, J Belger 14-11; B Downes, N Solomon, R Moody, G Cozens 4-30. Dorset Ladies's Div 1: Lyme 47, Blandford 77.

Friendly. Lyme Ladies 41, Axminster 52: J Brown, M Bartlett, J Kesterton 21-11; P Cole, J Yorke, L Broom 15-15; Y Moody, P Knight, A Allman 5-26.

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