Lyme Regis bowlers all set for Open Day this Saturday (May 2).

PUBLISHED: 09:20 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 27 April 2015


The Lyme Regis outdoor season is now underway with the green looking in tip-top condition, writes Paul Moffitt.

It’s still a struggle ‘getting up’ especially for those of us who have been bowling indoors during the winter months!

The ladies have started off in fine form, beating Dorchester at home on all three rinks with convincing margins.

The men get their turn this Monday when the two home teams playing in Division One of the West Dorset League, get to play each other being, as they are, now in the same league. I can foresee some keen rivalry here!

Lyme travelled to Queen Camel on Thursday, for their 1st friendly of the season, coming away comfortable winners on what was a glorious early summer’s day.

On Saturday the ladies hosted Westland ladies in a friendly but, the mist and rain closed in during the tea break and the two teams decided to call it a day.

This Saturday (May 2), the club is holding it’s annual Open Day. This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone to come along and ‘give it a go’.

There will be instructors present throughout the day and, as long as you have a pair of flat shoes, come and join us.

Bowls is now no longer a game for the retired but increasingly a game for the young. Go to any of the larger towns and their league teams are being populated more and more by youngsters. If you are young, by my standards that’s most people, don’t have the athleticism or the inclination to play football, rugby, cricket, hockey etc, then bowls might just be the opening you’re looking for.

I would like to think that we as a club could put together at least one rink, four people, of young players. There is every opportunity now in bowls to not only represent your club but, also your county and even your country.

Anyone who watched the World Indoor Bowls from Potter’s in the winter will have seen a young lad from Weymouth, in his early 20’s, playing in the World Championships.

So come on you leisurely folk of Lyme, young, middle aged and retired, come and try your hand. You won’t be disappointed and you might just get hooked!

Latest results: Dorset Ladies Div1: Lyme 70, Dorchester 44; Helen Dowling, Angela Rattenbury, Jan Parsons, Chris Barber 24-16; Judith Moffitt, Maureen Gillett, Lesley Broom, Nola Stephens 23-14; Ann Allman, Margaret Bartlett, Sue Rowe, Pam Weech 23-14.

Friendlies: Lyme 116, Queen Camel 74; D Read, J Perry, S Chant, P Moffitt 30-5; A Foster, P Stephens, D Wood, J Beadsley 15-18; S Wood, T Payne, A Preece, Chris Barber 25-25; P Knight, M Henighan, J Moffitt, Chas Barber 26-6; B Smith, M Knight, J Moseley, N Stephens 20-20.

Lyme Ladies 32, Westland Ladies 19 (Game shortened because of rain!); J Moffitt, H Dowling, P Weech11-3; J Barnish, L Broom, N Stephens 9-6; M Bartlett, M Gillett, C Barber 12-10.

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