Matches difficult to complete

PUBLISHED: 15:34 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:56 15 June 2010

IN the Two Counties League it continues to prove difficult to get matches played. For the third time Culm Vale have failed to appear at Honiton but this last time they have forfeited, the match.

IN the Two Counties League it continues to prove difficult to get matches played. For the third time Culm Vale have failed to appear at Honiton but this last time they have forfeited, the match.

On the positive side, Cullompton appeared on Monday evening and were beaten 86-71. Honiton won two rinks and lost two. The top rink, with a massive score of 32-9, was Fred Cowey, Ken Morfey, Eddie Sharman and Steve Dommett.

Unfortunately, they did not fair so well against the county on Tuesday.

The County President brought teams of four from six different clubs around the county to play the Honiton men.

This turned out to be a resounding victory for the county. Honiton had only two winning rinks, one skipped by Peter Baker at 17-14, the other, with a slightly better score of 17-11, was Rod Issac, Bill Sheerman, Mike Critchley and Tony Broughton.

All three Over-60s matches for Wednesday were cancelled due to bad weather. However, the better weather on Thursday allowed a mixed friendly match against the Retired Civil Service to take place.

A good, friendly atmosphere saw the RCC run away with a 124-88 victory. Honiton's top rink at 21-10 was Carole Pidgeon, John Collings, Jean Crockett and Paul Crockett.

On Friday, the ladies had a visit from Exmouth's Madeira Club for a friendly triples match and just lost it by three shots. Honiton's only winning rink at 21-10 was Eileen Dommett, Pat Trembeth and Rita Barwick.

Saturday was again a Ladies' day, with seven different clubs sending teams to try to beat Honiton in an Invitation Triples Competition.

The weather, again, was poor and sheets were laid down to protect the green, but everyone seemed to enjoy the game and a good cream tea helps.

These are always hard fought competitions with teams playing only a few ends on each rink, so one has to learn very quickly.

Winners move after four ends and 24 ends are played in total.

Hannah Morfey (Ken's grand- daughter) one of Honiton's rising young players, aged only 15, set her triple up with some brilliant lead bowls followed by the experienced Chris Nex and Rita Barwick. They came out a huge plus 24 shots to hold on to the trophy for Honiton.

To show the margins, the runners-up were Bobbie, Maggie and Jean from Budleigh Salterton with plus 10.

Well done, girls.


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