Honiton and Axminster bowls

PUBLISHED: 09:50 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:56 16 June 2010

the County Inter Club League, the Axminster men enjoyed their best win of the season with an encouraging 91-68 victory against .

AXMINSTER INDOOR BOWLS - In the County Inter Club League, the men enjoyed their best win of the season with an encouraging 91-68 victory against Sidmouth with both away rinks and one home rink winning well.

Top performers were the away rink of David Harris, Philip Stephens, John Wright and Paul Moffitt (27-12).

The ladies were well beaten at home by a very strong DCLIBA team (27-85), but came back to win at Madeira 50-40 in a triples match with a great play from Lilian Lovatt, Ann Clayton, and Joyce Copp (20-7). Good luck in their forthcoming County Foxlands game with Kingsley.

In the mixed friendlies Ax started with two defeats - at Taunton Bowls Club (46-63) with Kay Smith, Mary Preston, Derek Eldridge and Bob Sherborne (19-16) our best performers, and then at home to Budleigh (42-56) with David Harris, Chris Hobbs, Neil Solomon and Margaret Crompton our top rink (18-12).

Ax gained an admirable tie at Madeira (47-47) with Ann Clayton, Derek Eldridge, Jean Kesterton and Brian Parsons (17-13) playing well, before going on to win at home to Severalls (66-49) with Doris Pritchard, Marion Harris, Alan Pritchard and Sheila Martin (32-16) in great form. The club then overcame Padbrook Park at home (85-25) with a resounding win by June Teale, Lilian Lovatt, Alison Glyde and Bob Sherborne (38-8).

Congratulations to John Wright who has got through to the quarter-finals of the men's County Singles KO competition with an excellent win over Terry Watson of Honiton (21-3).

HONITON BOWLS CLUB - The Men's Over-60s County trophy side had a disappointing one-shot defeat at the hands of South Hams, Kingsbridge.

After making the long trip, one team drew and the other lost by one shot on the last end.

This particular rink had had a tough time throughout with a total of four ends being killed.

The score at home was a draw with one rink plus 16 and the other rink minus 16 so it all depended on the outcome of the last rink. Going into the last end plus four the opposing three and skip fired all the Honiton bowls bar one off the rink but this was three metres from the jack. At 4 down the Honiton skip had to draw within four feet to cut down the count but failed. The South Hams skip got his last bowl close and Honiton lost the measure for five by 3mm, thereby losing by one shot.

As if this were not enough they rubbed the salt in this weekend by beating Honiton by one shot again in the Inter Club League! Although Honiton had a 24 shot win at home the two away rinks did not fair so well with the George Selvey rink losing by three and the Roger Binmore rink by 22. Looks like the selectors need to have another look at their team layouts.

Honiton was host to the Devon County U21 Singles championship - Derek Viles and Gordon Thomas doing a grand job organising the event. Six Honiton youngsters joined some of the best young players in Devon vying for a place in the final to be held at Exonia Bowling Club.

Hannah Morfey and Emily Hedges played very well to get to the quarter finals but the two going through to finals day are Joe Melmore, Torquay United and Grant Howland from Isca.

Honiton's Scott Eveleigh got through to the semi final of the Plate competition.

The club has had an extremely busy schedule of friendly matches recently. Starting at home against Isca with a win of 79-71 . Top rink Vicky Salter, Berry Maynard, Bill Sheerman and Gordon Mahoney scored 20-14.

Home again to Moonfleet, Weymouth, and another win of 76-52. Top Rink, Rosemary Selvey, Gareth Richards, Maureen Parsons and George Selvey at 22-7.

Home to the Nomads and a narrow loss of 72-75. Top Rink that day was Rosemary Selvey, Fred Dart, Maureen Parsons and George Selvey with 21-14.

A good win by Arthur Dimond, Thelma Flynn, Rosemary Hirons and Brenda Harris gave Honiton a convincing win over Pinces Garden of 82-58 and a similar win of 24-14 by Fred Dart, Thelma Flynn, Sid Hatton and Gordon Mahoney gave Honiton another win of 77-60 against Madeira.

The last friendly took a side to Taunton Deane where Honiton had a narrow victory of 81-79. Three rinks lost but our fourth team of Ann Brown, Tony Butler, a new player, welcome to the Club Tony and Edith, Alan Thirtle and Tony Tooley carried the match, well done.

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