Honiton pair flew flag bravely in Leamington

PUBLISHED: 09:37 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

Honiton Indoor Bowls: The downpours that have caused havoc in local outdoor sport followed Carole Fisher and Sue Evans to Leamington for the National Trials of the ladies Pairs.

Honiton Indoor Bowls: The downpours that have caused havoc in local outdoor sport followed Carole Fisher and Sue Evans to Leamington for the National Trials of the ladies Pairs.

Their first round match, on August 5, against Alma Dickman and Sue Sugars from Yorkshire, took place in torrential rain with Carole and Sue weathering the storm better, easing home 19-4, when their opponents conceded after 14 ends.

Next day a pair from Street, Somerset, were the opposition. Diane Chivers and Rosemary Wigley quickly went ahead and were 12-4 before Honiton's pair had a great fight back and managed to go into the final end with a one shot advantage. They took another 1 shot end and came through 17-15.

Nationally known Ellen Faulkner and her mother Sue Alexander were the third round rivals and these two were formidable at the start, going into a 13-1 lead. Honiton had an excellent pull back, reaching 9-13 but had to say goodbye to their national title hopes when Faulkner and Alexander finished 18-10 ahead. Congratulations from fellow club members on reaching Leamington yet again.

Carole and Sue, along with Joan Heard, had earned a County Finals Day place at Kingsbridge this week in the county 2 wood Triples.

What a great first match they had! Against Sophie Tolchard, Ruth Rogers and Natalie McIlmore (English under-25 aingles champion and under-25 Commonwealth Games skip), Honiton's trio entered the final end five shots up and collect two shots for a great win.

However, in the second round against Melinda Whalley, Barbara Bellamy and Audrey Cross, the Honiton trio could not continue to dominate and eventually lost out by around 14 shots. Great to be representing the club so well!

l An under-25s' friendly Devon v Leicestershire was played at King's Torquay on one of the better days of the last fortnight and three of Honiton's teenagers enjoyed helping Devon to a comfortable win.

Holly Holman, Hannah Morfey and Aaron Chalk had the pleasure of adding another county game to their successes.

l There was a good win in the Two Counties League against Cullompton, where the up and coming youngsters are being given a chance.

Results: Honiton 102, Cullompton 78: P Crockett, M Critchley, E Sharman, R Binmore 26-19; C Maynard, E Cox, M Dart, G Mahoney 38-12; K Morfey, N Oliver, K Parsons, W Heard 17-22; B Long, G Dommett, F Cowey, D Hillyear 22-25.

l Over-60s Exeter and District Triples League, A v Pinces A 32-34: C Maynard, B Sheerman, T Young 16-18; T Tooley, B Long, E Cox 16-16.

A v Pinces B: C Maynard, E Cox, G Tillier 18-14; B Long, K Parsons, M Sellick 13-18.

B v Budleigh A: P Crockett, J Ritchie, W Heard 21-20; K Clarke, N Oliver, M Dart 16-17.

C v Culm Vale C 19-44: D Hirons, R Gregory, K large 6-26; G Sanders, D Russell, G Selvey 13-18.

C v Okehampton A 42-33: D Hirons, R Gregory, K Large 17-20; G Sanders, D Russell, G Selvey 25-13.

l Other Matches: v Axminster (home) 107-51.

Top rink: A Dimond, T Heard, K Parsons, B Harris 34-1

v Dunkeswell (away) 30-60 (after 14 ends). Top Triple: R Isaacs, A Dimond, B Harris 13-6

v Sidmouth (away) 70-61. Top Rink: R Collings, J Collings, L Dommett, S Dommett 20-10.

There is plenty to look forward to next weekend when there is a full programme.

By Norman Oliver

Honiton Indoor Bowls

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