Fighting for Devon Bowls title

PUBLISHED: 12:43 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:57 15 June 2010

HONITON HOPES Sue Evans and Carole Fisher, came to an early end in the appalling weather conditions of early last week in the Leamington Spa National Finals.

HONITON HOPES Sue Evans and Carole Fisher, came to an early end in the appalling weather conditions of early last week in the Leamington Spa National Finals, when they were beaten in the first round by a pair from Oxfordshire.

The second Devon Pair, both England players, Sue Harriott and Liz Smerdon, did not fair much better going out in the second round.

These two pairs will now play off at the County Finals to be held at Sir Francis Drake Club, Plymouth on August 28 to see who will be crowned the Devon Pairs champions.

Back to us lesser mortals. On Sunday the South Dorset Bowling Association brought a side of triples to Honiton and came out narrow victors beating Honiton 88-80. Top home rink was Tony Trembeth, June Viles and Derek Viles with a 18-13 win.

Thursday saw a side of triples from Dunkeswell come down the hill to Honiton and win 67-51. Top home rink was Carole Pidgeon, Roger Willcocks and Ken Clarke, who won 25-8.

On Saturday, Honiton was at home to South Petherton and again lost 80-67, with only one rink winning by one shot. They were Tim Holding, Jean Mitchell, Jean Crockett and Denis Hillyear

The Over-60s' League is now getting close to the end of its season. This is a large league, with seven divisions, and each division has 10 teams. All three Honiton teams are in Division 3. At present the C team are second, A is sixth and B ninth. If these do not change, the C team will go up and the B team down next year.

Now, if the readers are confused as to why the C team seem to be doing better than the other two, that is because the selectors, for some reason, put the teams in reverse order, the C is in fact the club's top team.

Perhaps, next year, we can go back to a regular system that I can understand!

To prove the point, the C team played the league leaders, Madeira B, at home this week and won the match, taking six points to their two. The top rink for Honiton was Wally Heard, Paul Crockett and Mike Dart at 21-7. The other two teams lost heavily against Heavitree and Exonia, neither gaining any points.

It was not a good week for Honiton, but Arthur Dimond and Captain Tony are back from their holidays this week, so perhaps they can whip us back into shape.


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