Foxlands Trophy glory after storming start for Seaton

Seaton Bowls Men over 60s A team

Seaton Bowls Men over 60s A team - Credit: Seaton Bowls

Seaton Bowlers achieved the virtually impossible, as they scored six on each of the first two ends to lead by 12 against a powerful Madeira team in the Foxlands Trophy. 

A dream start for the home team of Glen Elliott, Rob Hudson, Ken Shean, and Phil Pritchard. bordering on fantasy. 

"In all my 30 years of bowling, I've never seen such a thing it's extraordinary!" exclaimed  Medeira legend Bill Davis, but, as expected, his very talented crew fought their way back with a display of consistent accurate team bowling that was a joy to watch, eventually to level the scores at 19 ends, only to lose by just one shot at the last. Sadly, the Seaton away team lost by three shots, giving overall victory to Madeira.  

In the Devon Ladies Interclub, Seaton defeated Bideford to set up tie with Kings Bowling Club from Torquay. Another excellent game from the ladies playing in the Grace Matthews Cup against Honiton, a match comprising two sets of Singles, Pairs, Triples, and Rinks.  

The match was very evenly balanced with success for Seaton in the 4 Wood singles with an excellent win against tough opposition for Chris Barradell. In the Triples, Marian Vessey, Sue Banwell-Moore, and Pat Whitworth won a close-fought game.  

The 2 Wood singles finished as a draw after 21 ends and, as the result overall was two disciplines each, Angie Mayhew had to play an extra end, 90 minutes after finishing her game. She was the hero of the hour and won the extra end, so Seaton go through to the Section Final.  

The men`s over 60`s A team is on a roll with three successive wins, away at Heavitree and Uffculme, and home against the highly-ranked Topsham team with skip Terry Hurley-Smith playing a magical last wood to clinch the tie.  

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