Lyme Regis set for disappointment in the race for the Division One title

PUBLISHED: 21:49 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 21:49 11 September 2013

With a chance to wrap up the Division One title, Lyme Regis men faltered against Bridport at home, writes Paul Moffitt.

Don Meylan’s rink was near enough on the last end to give us the points we needed. To his credit, Bridport skip, Bill Payne’ drew the shot with his last bowl to secure a tie on his rink. The other two rinks played below par and handed Bridport a well deserved 9-1 victory. There is now a six point gap between Lyme and Bridport at the top of the table which means Lyme have to secure a victory over Portland Victoria. Lyme managed a narrow win against Portland Victoria when they played them on their own green this Monday so must pull out all the stops for the return at home.

The ladies again came up short against Wellworthy securing just two points thanks to a win on Chris Barber’s rink. Barring a near miracle, it would appear that the ladies are destined to be playing second division bowls next season, this after such a promising start.

On the friendly front, it was played four and won four!

This past weekend Lyme Regis Bowls Club has played host to the Dorset Ladie’s County Finals. The weather did it’s best to disrupt proceedings, but all the games were completed, even if some of the players were left a little bedraggled. Lyme were hoping for great things from our trio of Helen Dowling; Ann Allman and Chris Barber but, despite a valiant effort they went down narrowly to Greenhill. They were in contention right up to the 17th end when contrived to drop three shots, which left a deficit of four shots going in to the last end. Greenhill made sure they covered all Lyme’s woods in the final end and never looked like losing.

Results:

Friendlies:

Lyme 43; Bourneville BC 31; This game was restricted to nine ends as the visitors were delayed due to a pile-up on the motorway. S Wood, R Bishop, J Parsons, N Stephens 6-5; C Clissold, J Bishop, D Wood, R Edwards 11-4; Y Moody, P Stephens, P Weech, J Beadsley 7-5; K Faragher, J Perry, N Solomon, Chris Barber 4-7; J Barnish, G Cozens, D Courtenay-Smith, Chas Barber 9-6; D Read, A Nabarro, R Winterborne, K Clissold 6-4.

Lyme 110; Keynsham, that’s Keynsham 72. Some of you will know what I mean.

P Ward, J Owen, J Moseley, Chas Barber 28-14; T Payne, N Solomon, B Parsons, A Preece 21-16; K Faragher, P Stephens, R Winterborne, P Moffitt 16-13; M Heneghan, G Clode, J Hare, D Meylan 27-7; C Clissold, G Cozens, A Weech, D Wood 18-22.

Lyme 109; Queen Camel 76; Y Moody, S Wood, R Winterborne, Chas Barber 17-20; A Nabarro, J Perry, J Beadsley, R Edwards 28-9; D Read, B Collier, A Preece, K Clissold 24-10; C Clissold, A Foster, C Barber, D Meylan 24-12; J Barnish, M Knight, P Stephens, D Wood 16-25.

Lyme 132; Long Ashton 92; J Barnish, M Knight, G Clode, R Edwards 34-11; C Clissold, R Bishop, B Parsons, A Allman 16-14; J Bishop, C Bell, T Allman, D Wood 18-15; K Faragher, S Wood, J Beadsley, A Preece 28-8; P Ward, P Knight, N Solomon, Chas Barber 11-25; A Nabarro, K Gardiner, J Moseley, K Clissold 25-19.

On a personal note, not only am I a Dorset champion at bowls, I am now part of the biggest band thanks to taking part in Guitars on the Beach. Not bad for a septuagenarian! Can’t keep us oldies down!


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