Honiton bowlers impress on 2014 Finals Day

PUBLISHED: 07:58 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 07:58 27 August 2014

Pete Goodwin, Bill Nicholls and marker Roger Binmore

Pete Goodwin, Bill Nicholls and marker Roger Binmore

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Honiton Bowls Club Finals Day proved to be a great success with plenty of excellent bowling, writes Tony Broughton.

First up on Saturday were the juniors Isaac Daniels versus Scott Eveleigh in the Dennis Lake Handicap with Scott having to concede 10 shots to Isaac it was a huge barrier to climb.

Scott did his best, but 14-year-old Isaac came out the 21-12 winner.

Next the Marshall Handicap was between husband and wife Stuart and Tracy Crawford, in this one you scores three for shot, two for second and one for third. Stuart had to concede four shots to his wife and both played extremely well, but Stuart managed to pull back the four and win narrowly 48-46.

Stuart is playing well this season and reached the final of the Hoskins Men’s Single Championship where he played Trevor Pipe, five times winner of this trophy and came out the 21-16 winner.

Tracy was also in action again this time in the Evans Ladies Pairs playing with Sue Evans, National Singles Champion runner-up, against Carol Armitage and Yvonne Rayner.

Sue’s brilliance failed her this time with Carol and Yvonne winning well 24-11.

Sue Evans in action again in the Ladies Singles Championship against Carole Pidgeon made no mistakes winning 21-10, but all praise to Carole a relatively new bowler for getting to the final.

Sunday saw Stuart Crawford back in action, this time with Daphne Courtney and Anne Hillyear in the Tucker triples against Ian McKenzie, Alan Fuller and junior Scott Eveleigh.

At 14 ends it was very tight, 11-10 to Anne’s team then in the last four ends a three, five and one against a single shot gave Anne’s team a 20-11 victory.

In the Men’s Mixed Pairs competition Rita Barwick and Ray Gregory were a little outclassed by Sue Evans and Colin Mees, who plays mainly for the Exonia Club, winning 28-10 after their opposition conceded at 18 ends.

Incidentally officially that was the end of the match in any case. The laws were changed some years ago so that all team games are now only 18 ends. The rest of the world does play this, but England got a concession to revert back to the old 21 ends for pairs and fours, don’t ask why. (Hence only 18 ends played at Commonwealth Games matches).

The Rice Bowl Lady’s Handicap had Carole Binmore (plus7) playing Yvonne Rayner (plus 8) meaning Carole had to score 28 shots and Yvonne 29, is it just me or is that a crazy handicap system. After 32 ends Yvonne was the winner at 29-20.

Final morning match was Dave Downs and Peter Goodwin against Fred Dart and Trevor Pipe. Another close match with Trevor at 11-10 at 12 ends, but him winning five to four of the next nineends gave them a 23-19 victory.

Sue Evans and Carole Binmore played again in the afternoon, this time against each other in the Heard Two Wood competition. Interesting because they have to play each other in the County Final of the same competition but this time Sue won 17-13.

Peter Goodwin was out again this time playing Bill Nicholls in the Web Open Singles. At 13 ends the score was 11-9 to Bill, but his experience showed by taking 6 of the next seven ends winning 21-11.

And finally, yours truly with Bill Sheerman, played against Rita Barwick and Shirley Hiscocks in the Dimond-Nex Open Pairs.

It looked like we stood a chance for the first six to seven ends, but then the wheels feel off and we conceded at 18 ends 28-10 down. Still, we did get to the final!


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