Frank Stone Trophy ends in honourable draw

PUBLISHED: 13:43 16 August 2012

Three bowls pairs finalists

Three bowls pairs finalists


There has been another very mixed bag of results for the league teams at Lyme Regis, writes Paul Moffitt.

The ladies, who seem to get good results against the teams at the top, went down by 8-2 away against lowly Wimborne.

The championship side, who are struggling at the back-end of the season, could only manage two points away to Poole Park.

The A team, by contrast, are finishing with a flourish, picking up a maximum against Dorchester B. The Lyme B team played twice this week, catching up on games postponed by earlier bad weather. They managed to draw against Greenhill B but crashed against Bridport A.

●The men visited Chardstock on Thursday and were taught a lesson on how to bowl on a ‘heavy’ green, losing on all four rinks.

Sunday saw the annual running of the Frank Stone Trophy, where six invited guest teams competed against Lyme teams on a round-robin basis.

Of the 13 teams competing only four managed to end the afternoon in a plus situation. After consultation and deliberation between the winning Lyme team and the winning Axminster team, with captain John Beadsley acting as mediator, it was decided to call it a draw.

The trophies were shared amongst the ladies from both sides and the perpetual trophy is to be shared.

Other participating teams were: Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Sidmouth, Crewkerne and Sherborne.

Regrettably Queen Camel were a ‘no show’ which led to the difficulties in deciding a winner.

The winning Axminster team was Marion and David Harris, Ann Clayton and Bob Sherborne.

The winning Lyme rink was Yvonne Moody, Ben Stephens, Margaret Bartlett and Paul Moffitt.


Dorset Men’s Championship - Lyme 2 points Poole Park 8. The only winning rink was J Eaton, P Eagles, S Pomeroy and P Pomeroy.

West Dorset Men Div 1- Lyme A 70, Dorchester B 45: M Thorner, J Moseley, J Beadsley, G Cozens 21-17; R McLennan, G Clode, J Irwin, R Legg 16-14; S Dowling, D Perry, D Pomeroy, B Parsons 33-14.

West Dorset Men Div 2 - Lyme B 49, Greenhill B 49: T Payne, A Nabarro, B Stephens, R Cridge 22-16; B Downes, D Read, J Perry, N Solomon 16-12; M Hennigan, J Andrews, R Moody, R Winterborne 11-21.

Lyme B 30, Bridport A 69: M Hennigan, J Andrews, R Winterborne, G Cozens 10-15; B Downes, D Read, R Moody, N Solomon 7-18; R Turpin, A Nabarro, R Hobbs, R Cridge 13-26.

Finally, we wish Paul Pomeroy, Paul Moffitt, Peter Eagles and John Eaton good luck in their exploits at Worthing on Thursday.

Feniton BC - The men’s over-60s A team have moved into second place in their league with a narrow victory over previously second placed Marina B by 30-28, writes Roger Smith.

The match rested on the last end when the rink of E Cox, R North and R Arundell secured one shot to win their rink by 19-11.

The B team also recorded a good win away at Pinces Garden by 38-33. The winning rink was F Brooks, D Conbeer and D Evans 20-12.

The mixed team entertained Madeira and lost by 81-103.

The winning rinks were G Smith, A Hughes, Ru Clarke and G Phillips 27-9 and L Dommett, V Jones, A Smith and A Kury 20-17.

The whole weekend was taken up with the invitation three bowl pairs’ competition.

The final was won by J Skinner and S Kury who defeated A Kury and B Halse by 17-10.

Axminster BC - All that can be said of this recent period is that Axminster have had some really excellent matches but with no success, writes David Harris.

The nearest the club came to a win was at Culmvale in a mixed friendly when their captain more than generously declared the match an honourable draw as they had one player short on one rink and borrowed our lady president Lilian Lovatt on another!

However, Axminster did have one winning rink of Mike Preston, Sheila Martin, Pam Clark and Marion Harris (22-16) – it was indeed good to have Sheila back playing again!

In other mixed friendlies, the club lost at home to Severalls by just one shot (55-56) in a triples game with winning rinks of Margaret Brown, Mary Preston and David Harris (23-10) and John Hill, Chris Todd and Margaret Crompton (22-16) and again at home to Devon Patrons (65-71) with a winning rink of David Sloman, Stephen Apsey, Marion Harris and David Harris (18-15) and an honourable tie for Morrison Brown, William Cook, Ken Quick and Andy Spillar (14-14).

Axminster then had a disastrous defeat at Donyatt (42-106) with no winners before losing at home in a triples match to Dunkeswell (67-78) despite winning three of the four rinks played! Winning rinks were Morrison Brown, Pam Clark and Ann Clayton (15-13), Lilian Lovatt, Phil White and Brian Clark (21-19) and Phil Bolwell, Pam Hunter and David Harris (17-15).

The men lost their two Over-60s Devon League games - first at Morchard Bishop (17-49) and then at home to Exonia (25-38) with no winning rinks!

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