Honiton/Axminster Indoor bowls
In the fours, the eagerly-awaited clash between the two Honiton rinks took place.
In the fours, the eagerly-awaited clash between the two Honiton rinks took place. Rosemary Hirons, Rita Barwick, Ann Hillyear and Pearl Hackwood led Shirley Hiscocks, Carole Fisher, Joan Heard and Sue Evans 7-1 after five ends. Sue's team staged a comeback and, at one point, led by 15-10 and after nineteen ends the sides were level 17-17. A tight finish resulted in the Hackwood four edging ahead for a three shot victory.In the triples Rosemary Hirons, Ann Hillyear and Pearl Hackwood teamed up against a trio of ladies from the Exmouth Madeira Club and lost by two shots despite a storming finish.In the pairs Rosemary Hirons partnered Lynda Dommett, again against Madeira in a three and a quarter hour top class match. There was outstanding bowling from both leads with the skips playing the conversion shots when needed. Honiton just edged in front 14-12 after 19 ends.In a tense finish Lynda played another conversion shot on the last end and the game was won by four shots. Thanks to roving reporter Julie Grant.The ladies completed a successful Foxlands season with a win over South Hams. Rink wins for Sue Evans and Shirley Hiscocks offset defeats for Brenda Harris and Ann Hillyear and gave Honiton the overall win by 90-79. Men's captain Eddie Sharman just lost out by one shot in his county unbadged singles quarter final. Bad luck Eddie. Perhaps next year?Results of friendly matches: v Ottery won 100-53, v Chardstock won 96-56, v Padbrook won 65-48, v Axminster lost 55-69, v Madeira lost 47-53, and v Exonia lost 51-56. Dates for your diary: March 24 - The men's and ladies club singles championships; March 25 - Greg Harlow, one of the world's top ranked bowlers, will be at the club. A chance to see one of the top players in action. (Two club members were so keen to get a front row seat, they actually arrived a month early on February 25. No names mentioned, but it will be a long, long time before they forget their mistake). March 27 /28 - Devon ladies' finals weekend at Padbrook Park. The weather has again played havoc with both Axminster Indoor Bowls Club fixtures and internal matches, writes David Harris. The ladies' Foxlands match with North Devon was a victim of the snow, but they enjoyed an excellent away match win in their friendly at Honiton (triples) by 69-55 shots with Alison Glyde, Nola Stephens and Margaret Crompton in good form (31-12) but lost at home to Sidmouth (40-49) in a tight contest despite a good win by Chris Hobbs, Kate Knott, Jan Parsons and Joyce Copp (15-12). In the mixed friendlies, Axminster beat Exonia 57-48 win with Marion Harris, Margaret Bartlett, David Harris and the redoubtable Margaret Crompton (19-14) and Ann Clayton, Linda Sherborne, Jean Kesterton and Brian Clark (18-13) playing well. Ax lost at home to Chardstock 53-54 despite the efforts of Ossie Eke, Pam Hunter, Jean Kesterton and Jan Parsons who won 27-13..The men won a close encounter at home to Westlands 53-50. Top rink: Alan Taylor, Phillip Stephens, David Harris and Eric Skeemer (20-11) but lost their 'Top Club' game against Isca.