Busy time for East Devon's and West Dorset bowlers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:11 16 June 2010

Another very busy week at the Lyme Regis Bowls Club has seen five touring sides entertained, writes Paul Moffitt.

Another very busy week at the Lyme Regis Bowls Club has seen five touring sides entertained, writes Paul Moffitt.

In the mens' league it was a bit of a hard luck story. The A team drew their game but only managed four points, whilst the B team drew on two of the three rinks, lost the game by three shots and only came away with two points.

The ladies are still steaming 'full ahead' with a brilliant 10 point win at Greenhill. The Division 2 League title is still up for grabs, so, dig deep girls, and do yourselves proud in the last two games. Well done to Chris Bell who won the Henry Broom Rose Bowl, overcoming Ben Stephens in the final.

Congratulations to Nola Stephens and Diana Courtenay-Smith who were runners-up in the Dorset Counties Ladies' League pairs, missing out in the final to Broadstone.

The Lyme pair were unfortunate, as they had to play two games against Broadstones One. Dorchester failed to turn up for the semi-final and, as a result, lots were drawn between the remaining three teams!

The remaining games left over from Finals Weekend will be played on Sunday, September 27, which will bring down the curtain on the 2009 outdoor season.

Results: West Dorset Men Div 1 - Lyme A 45, Bridport A 45: M Thorner, C Vere, J Beadsley, T Allman 15-16; R Richardson, L Street, B Parsons, D Perry 20-6; P Stephens, J Perry, D Pomeroy,J Wells 10-23.

Lyme B 40, Wellworthy A 43: R Cridge, B Downes, C Bell, J Moseley 14-14; M Clark, B Stephens, R Moody, G Cozens 12-15; G Clode. R McLennan, R Winterborne, E Skeemer 14-14.

Dorset Ladies Div 2 Lyme 62; Greenhill 44: K Smith, S Applebee, J Perry, A Allman 20-16; J Moffitt, M Gillett, J Parsons, K Clissold 17-14; M Bartlett, D Courtenay-Smith, N Stephens, C Barber 25-14.

Friendlies: Lyme 152, Aldershot Tour 92: P Stephens, T Payne, B Rattenbury, P Moffitt 24-19; K Faragher, G Clode, E Rodgers, D Meylan 24-20; C Clissold, J Moseley, T Allman, G Cozens 20-14; B Gillett, R Moody, K Hickman, E Skeemer 24-14; C Bell, R Winterborne, P Eagles, Chas Barber 41-8; M Clarke, J Beadsley, K Fountaine, J Wells 19-17.

Lyme Ladies 96, Aldershot Ladies 49: H Dowling, D Courtenay-Smith, A Rattenbury, C Barber 25-9; F Marsh, K Smith, T Poyner, N Stephens 23-11; A Allman, S Applebee, J Kesterton, S Rowe 23-15; J Moffitt, M Gillett, J Parsons, K Clissold 25-14.

Lyme 120, Kingsland Tour 103: K Faragher, B Cursley, R Moody, G Cozens 19-14; D Wood, D Courtenay-Smith, R McLennan,

l Since the last CHARDSTOCK BOWLING CLUB report the ladies' have continued their great season winning against Crewkerne, Bridport, Ilminster and Sidmouth with no matches lost.

A representative ladies' team of B Sluman, M Sturley, D Emery and J Piper recently took part in the annual Perham Cup competition at Seaton, and finished third of 12 teams.

A visit to Hemyock resulted in defeat by 39-52 shots, but this was remedied by a fine win at South Petherton by 63-32 shots.

In the mixed matches there was victory against Ottery St Mary and defeat to Queen Camel.For the men, two wins against Lyme Regis and Crewkerne, were balanced with defeat to Ilminster and Madeira (Exmouth).

A members' round robin 3 Triples competition of 18 ends was played for the Silver Jubilee Cup. The winners were J Piper, P Bowden and A Davy. Runners up were B Albon, M Sturley and N Denslow. Thanks were extended to Mike Rogers (club competition secretary) for organising the event.

Summer weather returned for the home five rink mixed match against Honiton. Chardstock won convincingly on 3 rinks, by one shot on another, and losing by four shots on the remaining rink, and winning overall 103-71 shots.

Chardstock: (skips only) M Toms won 19-10, B Sluman won 14-13, S Jeffery lost 19-23, N Denslow won 26-12 and J Rolph won 25-13.

A four-rink mixed match away to Hemyock resulted in a 96 to 56 win for Chardstock, with victory on two rinks and the remainder drawn.

Chardstock (Skips only): A Day won 33-6, B Sluman drew 18-18, N Denslow drew 19-19 and S Jeffery won 26-13.

A mixed team visited Cullompton for a three rink and one triples match. Sadly, Chardstock lost on three of the four rinks and overall by two shots, 66-68. Chardstock: (Skips only) P Compton lost 16-18, B Sluman lost 9-18, N Denslow lost 17-21 and M Rogers won 24-11.

l I am sorry to say that there will be no county champions at Honiton Bowls Club this season, writes Tony Broughton.

Trevor Pipe came out second best in the Over-60s' Singles Championship.

The rest of the club was on tour to Oxford so Trevor had to travel to Braunton with his band of two supporters. He did not start well in the morning's semi-final, when his Hemyock opponent took a 8-1 lead it looked black but then Trevor shortened the jack length and his opponent could not adapt and Trevor only conceded one more shot on the way to victory.

The afternoon final against England's former national Over-55s singles champion, John Kelly, started in a similar pattern with Trevor struggling to find consistency. Finally, he produced some of his best bowls to reduce the deficit to 9-11, but unfortunately, there was no repeat of the morning's comeback and John, playing the better bowls, came out a deserved winner. It was a brilliant effort to reach the final of a major county competition.

Friendly results: Six rinks against the Wyrral Park Bowls Club from Glastonbury was lost by nine shots. Top rink: Alan Nex, Arthur Dimond, Ken Morfey and Michael Dart at 21-16.

Six triples lost away to Budleigh, after a recount, by just two shots. Top triple: David Mitchell, Ron Taylor and Dulcie Broughton at 21-10.

Five rinks lost away to Chardstock, The only winning rink was Carol Pidgeon, Maureen Willcocks, Roger Willcocks and Tony Broughton at 23-19.

Four rinks won away at Uffculme 100-57. Top rink: Maureen Willcocks, Arthur Dimond, Ken Clarke and Peter Baker at 30-19.

Welsh Touring side Whitland Bowling Club were defeated 119-95 and only one Honiton rink lost . Top rink: Jean Mitchell, Clive James, Paul Crockett and Shirley Hiscocks at 30-11.

The Over 60s' League season has now finished and, in terms of selection, saw a good result for the three Honiton teams. Previous seasons these have been selected equably. The result was three teams in Division three. This season, competitive selectors have picked the teams with a proviso that all members in each squad get the same number of games. The result was one team going up to division two, one staying put and one going down to Division 4. I think the exercise has worked, well done.

As secretary of this League I think it fair to saw that it has become the most popular men's bowls league in Devon, with seven Divisions of ten teams. There are currently four more teams waiting to join. As soon as there are six, division eight can be started

Congratulations to Seaton Bowls Club's Joan Miles, writes Dave Ford.

Having won her first Seaton championship title on August 30, she has progressed to the Devon quarter finals of the Champion of Champions competition. She had to first win the Section final, which she did by beating the Feniton and Hemyock Champions, and, in the final, Sue Evans, one of Honiton's star players. Joan had the worst possible start against Sue, finding herself 8-0 down after just a few ends, but she rallied strongly, and found herself 19-18 up sometime later. Sue was holding the three shots she needed on the next end, when Joan trailed the jack through to one of her back woods to hold two, which Sue could not beat with her last wood, 21-18 the final score. The finals will be held at the Francis Drake BC on Friday Sept 18.

l A good day's bowling was assured when the quarter finalists of both the ladies' and gents' Seaton Championship competitions competed for the President's Cup. Each round was played over one hour or 21 shots, whichever came first. After some excellent matches, Les Tooze, going for his second successive victory in this event, played Don Yaxley in the final. Les got away to a cracking start, going 10-3 up very quickly and, although Don narrowed the gap to 13-10, had no answer to Les's finishing burst.

The next day men with a handicap of five or over, played for the George Fossett Trophy. With the same format as the President's Cup, it was the experienced Brian Kenning who reached the final to play against Jeremy Allison, a player who has been bowling for two years. Brian gave him a lesson in the art of drawing, running out a comfortable winner.

Unfortunately, Vi Fossett was unable to present the winner with the trophy due to poor health.

The Over-60s completed this year's fixtures with a victory over Morchard Bishop, winning on both rinks 49-18. Top rink was Mike Follenfant, Peter Greenwood and Roger Woolland 29-5.

Results of friendlies: Four mixed rinks away to Uffculme. Seaton won 71-67. Top rink: Smiler Jenkin, Gwynydd Brazendale, Dave Ford and Ron Rowley 26-8.

Six mixed rinks at home to the Wootton-under-Edge Tour. Seaton won 126-105. Top rink: Gerald Knott, Hazel Smith,Ted Talbot and Sue Rutter 24-14.

Carnival Charity Drive - The members were joined by five visitors, all enjoying a fun afternoon of bowling. The winner was Shirley Parkhouse with an amazing plus 41 score, the highest winning score anyone can remember. After the match a cheque for £143 was presented to Roger Woolland, President of the Carnival Fund. The club was grateful to the Carnival Queen and her entourage for their assistance in the drawing of the winning raffle tickets.

Four mixed rinks lost away to South Petherton 57-80. Top rink: Betty Powell, James Derbyshire, Angie Mayhew and Keith Miles 21-14.

Six mixed rinks away to Bridport, Seaton won 112-110. Top rink: Anne Wright, Malcolm Carvell, Hazel Smith and John Wright 24-15.

Seven men's rinks lost 116-158 at home to The Avon and Somerset Constabulary Tourists. Top rink: F Brown, J Allison, R Benfield and Don Yaxley 27-12.

Six mixed rinks lost at home to the Gloucester City BC Tourists. 73-125. Top rink: Olive Blunden, Sue Banwell-Moore, John Wright and Bob Rutter 19-10.

l Between 40-50 Seaton members attended Jimmy Carter's funeral at the Exeter Crematorium. Jim was a past President and Captain of Seaton Bowls Club, and those members who were privileged to know him,will remember him as a good competitive bowler with a wicked sense of humour, a man who was never afraid to speak his mind, but somebody who was always ready to help anyone.

l On Tuesday a FENITON BOWLING?CLUB mixed team visited Madeira and lost by 67-86, writes Roger Smith. The winning rink was F Brooks, R Clarke and L Eveleigh 21-12.

Feniton beat a mixed team from Cullompton, in a close and exciting game 59-66. The winning rinks: G Blackmore, J Dibble, T Young and L Eveleigh 20-14 and E Cox, E Goodenough, J Smith and R Smith 15-10.

Tiverton (Park) were the visitors on Thursday. Feniton were comfortable winners by 106-88. The winning rinks were L Crook, F Jones, G North and R Smith 25-10; P Usher, A Coyne, G Skinner and R North 18-11 and E Cox, J Mitchell, L Ley and L Eveleigh 30-21. Friday saw the start of the Club's annual tour, this year to Eastbourne.

On Sunday, captain Les Ley and his wife Sonya organised an excellent Bowls Brunch which was much appreciated by all who attended.


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