Honiton bowlers to strong for the Devon Masonic visitors

PUBLISHED: 09:09 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:09 20 November 2013

Honiton proved too strong for visiting Devon Masonic in a contest of four triples when they claimed a 95-37 victory, writes Tony Broughton.

The top triple was that of Jean Mitchell, Dave Roberts and Ken Clarke scoring 33-4 (you are cruel Ken!).

The Honiton Ladies played a Foxlands League match against a very strong Plymouth side.

In the away element one rink won 23-13 and one lost 9-27 whilst at home the pattern was repeated with one winning 19-12 and one losing 18-23. This left Honiton beaten 75-69, but they do pick up four points for their considerable efforts.

The Ladies Mason B side also played their next round match against the Madeira Ladies winning at home by 20 shots, but losing away by 23. This unfortunately now puts this side out of the competition so it’s the A team flying the Honiton flag now.

Last Saturday the Exeter-based Exonia were the visitors for a four rink mixed match that ended all square with both teams successful on a brace of rinks.

Unfortunately, Honiton’s two winning rinks were by just one shot. Bob Mackintosh, Fred Dart, Paul Gadd and Ann Hillyear at 20-19 and Joan Mackintosh, Tony Young, Roger Willcocks and Ted Cox 16-15. This could not cover losses with the visitors claiming an 84-66 triumph.

On Sunday the club staged an in-house John Ritchie Cup competition played in the Australian Pairs system. This was well supported with 18 entries. In this system the lead plays two bowls, the skip then plays four before the lead returns to play their remaining two.

The next end the players have changed positions and the format is repeated. Each game is two sets of five ends which can usually take about one and a half hours. In the case of a drawn game an extra end is played to decide a winner. It is played in two alternating groups each playing a total of three sessions (games) throughout the day.

The winner is the team with the most points; one point for each set won and two points for each game won.

The winners were Stuart and Liam Crawford with nine points and a shot difference of 35. The runners-up were Chris and Berry Maynard, also with nine points, but a shot difference 16.

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