Ice cool in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:54 15 June 2010

The Over-60s Axminster Bowls Club men have enjoyed a successful spell in the Devon League.

The Over-60s men have enjoyed a successful spell in the Devon League, the highlight being an excellent home win over Madeira in a really close match (39-36).

The winning rink of Cliff Bruckshaw, Pat Hicks and Derek Eldridge (24-18) excelled, with the ice-cool Derek turning a one-wood deficit into a four-wood win with his last wood! We also beat North Tawton A at home (46-22) with both rinks winning - Pat Hicks, David Harris, and Bob Sherborne (26-5) and Les Monk, Frank Bridge, and Sid Milburn (20-17). However, Ax lost away to the league leaders Morchard Bishop (26-47) - both rinks were leading at the halfway stage but fell away badly!

The ladies lost at Seaton (37-59) with Joan Quick, Veena Cole, and Joyce Copp (14-13) the only winners but they came back well to win at home to Lyme Regis in a close contest (53-49) with Betty Hudson, Marion Harris, and Lilian Lovett in good form (21-6).

Grass has again proved difficult in friendly mixed matches, Ax losing all five played, but enjoying them despite the results!

At Taunton BC (56-104) only Lilian Lovett, Pam Clark, David Harris, and Roger Legg winning (21-16), and at Bridport (63-96) with Bill Cook, Ann Clayton, Derek Eldridge, and David Harris were the only winners (23-18). That was before going to Wrington and losing 72-125 despite winning two of the five rinks played - the most successful rink being Ken Quick, Mike Preston, Marion Harris, and the 'tireless' Margaret Crompton (19-11). New players Ken and Mike were playing in their first matches and must be congratulated! Axminster then went on to lose matches at Donyatt (58-75) with Joan Quick, Frank Bridge, and Alison Glyde ( 23-12) being the Ax top trio, and at Crediton (52-96) with no winners!

On Saturday we all enjoyed Captain's Day with an excellent lunch followed by a Round Robin played in glorious sunshine. The top man was David Pike and the ladies' winner was Phil Bolwell.

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