Bowlers enjoy the sunshine

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

HONITON - The glorious sunshine of the past few days has really brought the outdoor season to life and members have made the most of it. Sun-block and suitable headgear are already in evidence.

The glorious sunshine of the past few days has really brought the outdoor season to life and members have made the most of it. Sun-block and suitable headgear are already in evidence.The men's section met Madeira in the first of the major outdoor competitions, the National two-fours, and scored an excellent victory over tough opposition, with both rinks coming out on top. Trevor Pipe's four was level 10-10 at ten ends, but managed to creep away and after 15 ends the score was 21-10. Madeira staged a come-back but failed to make up the lost ground and the game ended with a final score of 23-16. Mike Sellick's rink trailed by 2 to 3 shots throughout the game but made a surge by scoring a 5 on the 19th end to bring the score to 19-16. At the 20th they scored another to 2 to make the final score 21-17. Result: Honiton 44 - Madeira 33; F Cowey, D Hillyear, G Selvey, M Sellick 21-17; W Heard, G Mahoney, R Binmore, T Pipe 23-16.The first game in the men's two-county competition saw Honiton meeting, what appeared to be a not so strong as usual Budleigh Salterton side. The home side notched up a 40 shot win in this early match, dropping just half a point. Result Honiton 97- Budleigh 57. P Crockett, E Sharman, M Critchley, W Heard 15-14; B Long, K Parsons, D Tanner, D Hillyear 19-19, T Broughton, N Oliver, T Young, M Sellick 35-13, G Mahoney, D Russell, G Selvey, R Binmore 28-11Not a particularly good start for the three Honiton men's teams in the Exeter and District Over 60 Triples League.Honiton A v Budleigh A 29-36: T Tooley, B Long, M Sellick 16-14; H Hind, E Sharman, T Young 13-22;Honiton B v Pinces B 32-34: R Taylor, D Tanner, P Crockett 15-21; K Clarke, T Broughton, M Dart 17-13;Honiton 'C' v Pinces A 37-24: D Summers, S Hattam, K Large 16-17; R Gregory, G Sanders, D Russell 21-7;Honiton ' v Pinces A 28-37: T Tooley, B Long, M Sellick 15-18; H Hind, E Sharman, T Cox 13-19;Honiton B v Culm Vale C 32-35: K Morfey, N Oliver, W Heard 21-14; R Taylor, D Tanner, P Crockett 11-21;Honiton C v Okehampton A 32-36: G Sanders, G Hoare, D Russell, 25-12; J Collings, S Hattam, K Large 7-24.Friendlies: v Axminster (A): 78-72 Top rink: M Saunders, J Lyon, F Dart, P Baker 24-13v Sidmouth (H); 77- 86; Top rink: K Underdown, G Hoare, D Broughton, T Broughton 27-19; v Tiverton Borough (H) 78-114: Top rink: D Roberts, C Nex, A Nex 20-19; v Taunton Deane (A) 65-93: Top rink: J Minto, G Hoare, A Hillyear, M Sellick 16-18; v Chardstock (H) 79-78 Top rink: B Maynard, H Hind, A Nex, B Harris 26-14; v Feniton 64-84 Top rink: T Heard, C Thompson, C Nex, A Nex 22-16.The ladies national top club was played against Sidmouth in scorching sunshine on Sunday morning and resulted in a win for Honiton 3-1.Best wishes go to club member Jim who, in his hospital bed, keenly waits for this paper in order to stay in touch with his many bowling friends.AXMINSTER - In the Over-60s league we had an excellent 45-27 shot win over North Tawton with both rinks winning - Graham Ayres, Dave Boyland, and Eric Skeemer (20-16) and Frank Bridge, David Harris, and Roger Legg (25-11).In the friendlies Axminster enjoyed two very close games, firstly against Honiton which Ax lost by just six shots (72-78) with Graham Ayres, Marion Harris, Patrick Hicks, and Margaret Crompton the top rink (22-13) .Then they played the Nomads and won by seven shots (119-112) in another excellent match with Lilian Lovatt, Eve Cole, Bob Sherborne, and Sheila Martin outstanding (36-11). Against Honiton, Ax had added entertainment when a stray Friesian heifer circled the green causing great amusement! Fortunately, it was a very quiet animal seemingly wanting to show its bovine skills on the rinks - little did she know we had a Honiton butcher playing! SEATON - Seaton took six teams to Ottery St Mary where the final result was a win for Seaton 110-69. Seaton won on five rinks and the best team for Seaton was Kate Knott, Ted Talbot and skip Keith Miles, winning 22-7.On Friday, May 9, Seaton hosted a team from Topsham. It was a very enjoyable afternoon the end result being win for Seaton 113-108. Top rink for Seaton was Olive Blunden, Peter Mattocks, Audrey White and Keith Miles 33-15. It is early in the season but to date Seaton are winning most of the matches they have played and all the members hope this will continue but, as they say, all can change after tea! On Wednesday, May 7, the Over 60s' Triples League was played at home against Uffculme. Captain for the day was Ivor Steer and he was delighted to lead Seaton into another victory.Seaton won 36-29. Both Seaton teams won: Peter Newton, Gerald Knott and skip Ivor Steer 17-16; Anthony Cox, Gerry Barry and skip Peter Greenwood 19-13. Well done, we look forward to the over sixties results in the forthcoming weeks. The Bank Holiday weekend saw Seaton host three touring sides. Bank holiday Monday saw seven mixed teams play against Swakeleys BC Tour. It was their first visit to Seaton and, although it was a wet afternoon, we hope it has not deterred them from coming again. It was a win for Seaton 162-120, whose best team was Audrey White, Jim Hughes, Brian Kenning and skip Julie Grant 34-13. Sunday had seen another six mixed rinks play against Victory Park BC Tour. The result was a win for Seaton 123-105. Seaton won on five rinks which was a great achievement and the best Seaton team was Jeremy Allison, Jill Richards, Barbara Thompson and skip Roy Carnell 22-11. Westlecot were the opposition on Saturday when six mixed rinks played, and Seaton won 123-110. Seaton had two teams finishing 26-11: Sheila Pike, Pat Cosh, Roy Rogers and skip Roy Carnell along with Olive Blunden, Arthur Crichard, Angie Mayhew and skip Bob Rutter.

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