Bowling round up

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:28 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER bowlers have enjoyed an excellent start to the season.

AXMINSTER bowlers have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, winning all four games played, albeit on home territory!The over-60s started with a convincing win over Culm Vale in the Devon League (46-30) with both rinks winning: Brian Clark, David Harris, and Roger Legg (24-17) and Graham Ayres, Derek Eldridge, and Bob Sherborne (22-13).In the mixed friendlies, Axminster have beaten Culm Vale (76-73) in a tight match with a top rink of Les Monk, Margaret Crooke, Chris Todd, and Sheila Martin (28-10), also Bridport (88-49) with Lilian Lovatt, Frank Bridge, Chris Todd, and the 'ineffable' Margaret Crompton (30-9) playing the star roles and, finally, Hemyock (119-40) with two rinks winning by 32-11 shots, namely Lilian Lovatt, Brenda Flanagan, David Pike, and Brian Clark and also Julia Pike, Marion Harris, Derek Eldridge, and David Harris - congratulations to the former for achieving a 'hot-shot'!Prior to the matches the club held a 'taster day' when several new players were welcomed and at least six new members have been forthcoming which is very encouraging!.The 'Opening Season' drive was enjoyed by all, despite the bitterly cold wind, with Les Monk and Brenda Flanagan the individual winners and Linda Sherborne winning the 'Spider' competition.C is available on Monday evenings from 6pm.Honiton have made a fine start to the outdoor season, being so far unbeaten in friendlies.The first weekend was played in typical bowls weather, sunshine, showers and cold winds, none of which seemed to deter Honiton players as they recorded a win over Chardstock by 92-67.The top rink was Dot Russell/Geoff Holding/Ken Clarke and Don Russell with a 33-5 victory. The following day victory came against Taunton Deane by 107-53 with Dot and Don Russell again being involved in the top rink when, together with Malcolm Seabourne and Tony Broughton, they returned a 39 - 10 scorecard. The 100 per cent record disappeared when they were held to a 79-79 draw by Hemyock with John Bryan/Jenny Wilde/Arthur Dimond and Brenda Harris being Honiton's best rink at 23 - 19. The only winner in the scheduled game against Feniton was the weather, which resulted in the game being cancelled. Fortunately, conditions were just the opposite for Tiverton Borough's game and, in bright sunny conditions, Honiton enjoyed a 128-74 victory, top dogs being Tim Holding/Arthur Dimond and Owen Cleverdon by a score of 31-13.The over-60s league started this week and, with all three Honiton teams in the same division, there are going to be plenty of local derbies. The first of these resulted in a win for Honiton B over Honiton A by 30 shots to 29 with the five shot win of Tony Trembeth/Ken Clarke and Tony Broughton against Fred Dart/John Ritchie and John Lyon just being enough to offset the four shot defeat of George Hoare/Mike Critchley and Don Russell by John Bryan/Ken Underdown and Norman Oliver.Honiton C, meanwhile, suffered a one- shot defeat against Okehampton, a win by 23-10 by Eddie Sharman/Paul Crockett and Mike Dart not quite enough to cover the 9-23 defeat for Brian Long/Ray Gregory and George Selvey.Both the men's and ladies' sections will be shortly involved in national top club matches. Please refer to the notice board for details and go along and support them.CHARDSTOCK - A visit to Uffculme on Saturday, May 2, for a four-rink mixed match resulted in an overall victory by four shots, 80- 84. On greens which bowled exceptionally well so early in the season, both teams enjoyed a match in which rink results were shared two apiece.Chardstock: (skips only): N Denslow won 33-10; J Tucker lost 12-30; Mrs S Jeffery won 27-19; Mrs B Sluman lost 12-21.A home, three triples and one rink match was played on Sunday, May 3, in which the visitors were Charmouth.Chardstock won on three rinks, and drew on the other, winning the match overall by 86-53.Chardstock: (skips only): Mrs S Jeffery won 18-16; J Rolph drew 15-15; P Compton won 28-12; N Denslow won 25-10.Remember, there is always a warm welcome awaiting prospective new members. Just go along on Monday evenings at approximately 6.15pm.Feniton Bowling Club's fine start to the season continued with success for both teams in the over-60s triples league. The A team collected the full eight points against Dunkeswell winning by 29-19. The winning rinks were S Nevill, M Chipperfield and A Williams 12-8 and E Cox, A Evans and R North 17-11. The B team collected six points against Culm Vale B, winning by 37- 33. The winning rink was C Cheesely, G Skinner and D Conbeer 24-10.zz

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