Pat and Maria serve up a classic in the Seaton Club Championship first round matches

PUBLISHED: 20:34 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:34 28 May 2018

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Our competitive week began on Sunday with a friendly four rink match, at home, against Bridport, which resulted in a win by three rinks to one and by 73 shots against 65, writes Alan Nicholas.

The best rink honours were shared by two home rinks, each winning by seven shots.

This was followed on Monday, with an East of Exe Mixed League match at Seaton against Chardstock, which was interrupted by heavy rain for a short period.

However, the teams braved the elements to complete the match, which Seaton won on all four rinks and with an overall score of 72 shots to 37. Once again, two rinks shared the top spot, each winning by 13 shots.

On Tuesday, Topsham visited for a four rink friendly fixture which resulted in rink honours being shared, but Seaton ended the day as winners to the tune of a 69-60 shot score. The top home rink was the one of Ed Backhouse, Alan Nicholas, Sue Banwell-Moore and Dave Yardley, scoring 21 shots against 11.

Wednesday saw the Over-60s Triples League matches, with Seaton A entertaining Topsham A and Seaton B making the trip to Honiton B. Sadly there’s no good news to report from either fixture as both teams lost fairly heavily!

On Friday, the ladies Over-50s Triples League matches were scheduled, with Seaton Red at home to Belmont, from Exeter, and Seaton Blue, also at home, to Budleigh. Unfortunately, Budleigh were unable to raise a team, so this match was cancelled.

The Red team’s fixture did go ahead, but Belmont played very well and easily took the match.

Finally, on Sunday, the club championships’ first rounds were played for both the ladies and the men.

These threw up some exciting matches, not the least the one involving club vice captain, Pat Whitworth, against Maria Johnson.

This was a highly competitive encounter with the ends being shared throughout. After 24 ends, Maria led 20 shots to 17. However, in a thrilling finish, Pat took four shots on the 25th end to take the match honours by a single shot!

Another notable encounter was the one between Ian Manchester and Dennis Ridd. Again, this was a contest that ‘see-sawed’ between the players before, with an excellent first wood on the last end, Dennis took the match by 21 shots to 17.

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