Honiton ladies bank eight points in Lane League meeting with Torquay United

PUBLISHED: 16:43 29 January 2018

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.


Honiton suffered a couple of defeats at the hands of Isca, writes Julie Grant.

The men’s Over-60s League team went down by 84 shots to 62, while the ladies lost a Foxlands meeting, beaten 83 shots to 77.

However, a week on from those defeats, the ladies recorded a splendid result in the County Lane League, taking eight points off Torquay United and only missing out by one shot on one rink!

This puts the Honiton ladies, with one game remaining in their campaign, in a good position to try to win Division One of the league.

A visit to Budleigh for a mixed friendly proved to be tough for one rink, but the other enjoyed a good 28-11 success. That winning rink comprised of Marian Baxter, Malcolm Granger, Garry Osborne and Steve Howell. At home, Honiton defeated the Nomads, but the score line is not important as the Nomads are a group of bowlers who tour around clubs raising money for charity, a task they do so well.

This season, Honiton Bowling Club members are themselves raising funds for a most worthy charity, the Admiral Nurse Campaign.

The ladies had to face Isca again last Saturday in a challenge match, which involves playing four rinks bowling at Honiton one weekend and later in the season playing four rinks at Isca with the overall winners lifting a cup.

The first meeting ended in a draw as two rinks were won and two lost. The best of the Honiton rinks, scoring 31 shots to six, was the one of Laraine Carless, Joan Heard, Marian Vessey and Shirley Hiscocks. So there is all to play for in March in the return match!

Two weeks ago, as there were no competitive or friendly games on at the weekend, the club’s ‘Spice Boys’ - otherwise known as the Tooley brothers - put on a Curry Night Supper.

Thirty-nine members and guests enjoyed some bowling and then were served an Indian Thali of three different curries and six different accompaniments. The club aims to organise various other regular monthly social events.

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