Honiton ladies bowl superbly to be runners-up in the 2013 Devon County Interclub competition

The Honiton ladies who finished as runners-up; Anne Hillyear, Sue Evans, Yvonne Rayner, Shirley Hisc

The Honiton ladies who finished as runners-up; Anne Hillyear, Sue Evans, Yvonne Rayner, Shirley Hiscocks, Carole Binmore, Rita Brawick, Carole Pideon and Brenda Harris with runner-up trophy - Credit: Archant

The Honiton ladies emerged as runners-up when they contested finals day in this year’s Devon County Interclub competition at Marldon, writes were Tony Broughton

The morning semi-final paired Honiton with old adversaries Madeira whom they edged out by a margin of just two shots!

Shirley Hiscock’s rink of Brenda Harris, Anne Hillyear and Yvonne Rayner won, but the rink skipped by Sue Evans comprising of Carole Binmore, Rita Barwick and Carole Pidgeon lost.

The final was played against Newton Abbot who had beaten Barnstaple in their semi-final match.

Unfortunately, Honiton got off to a very poor start and could never catch up, but runners-up is still an outstanding result.

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This was the first time that the Honiton ladies have progressed beyond the quarter-final stages and they can rightly now be considered one of the top sides in the county.

In a friendly match at Dunkeswell, Honiton won two

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rinks, drew on one and lost on one, going down overall in the match by six shots.

The top Honiton rink was the one of June Lee, David Tooley and Ken Clarke.

A home meeting with Budleigh produced an overwhelming 42 shot success.

Top rink honours went once again to Ken Clarke, this time aided by Rod Isaac and Sandra Kyle in a 24-11 win.

A strong touring side from the Bristol and City BC pitched up for a six-rink match that Honiton won 105-82.

The top winning rink was Doug Hirons, R Mackintosh, Ken Clarke and Malcolm Seaborne.

The men’s Over-60s Triples League came to an end for Honiton teams last week.

The club’s first and third teams narrowly avoided relegation on Divisions One and Six respectively.

The B side, who at one time looked set for promotion out of Division Four, suffered a few failures towards the end of the campaign and that left them finishing fourth in the table.

September 22 is the Honiton Open Day. Please feel free to pop along and try your hand at the noble sport of bowls.

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