Seaton bowlers enjoy successful week

PUBLISHED: 09:04 16 May 2018

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.


The past week was another busy one for the Seaton bowlers, writes Alan Nicholas.

The first match of the week was a Tuesday, ladies’ Over-50s Triples League outing for Seaton Red who, playing at Topsham, were involved in a close contest that resulted in both teams winning a rink each, but with Seaton taking the match honours 33-31. That gives Seaton four points and the top triple for the winners was the one of Ann Joyner, Sue Banwell-Moore and Lin Allison.

The following day the Blue team were in action in the same competition and they too were away, making a visit to Sidmouth Yellow, who they defeated on both rinks, thus banking six points. The match was won 45-20 and the top Seaton triple was the one of Carol Armitage, Barbara Sluman and Joan Miles, who won 26-10.

Meanwhile, the Over-60s men’s triples league A team entertained Exeter-based Pinces. This match saw the rink honours shared 1-1, but Seaton took the match 38-30. The top triple for Seaton was Graham Thomas, Roy Carnell and Roger Woolland scoring 24 shots against 15.

Seaton’s B team also played at home and they had a closely-fought match against Heavitree, who they edged out 34-33. In a thrilling finish, victory was achieved when the final wood of the match took out the opposition’s one shot hold and created a five shot score for Seaton. The top home triple was the one of Ed Backhouse, Bob Scull and Dave Yardley.

On Thursday, a friendly match was played at home against Budleigh over four triples, with the visiting team making a clean sweep and a total shots score of 69 against Seaton’s 48.

On Friday, Seaton ladies played Madeira at Seaton in the opening round of the National Top Club competition.

The afternoon weather became increasingly inclement with wind and rain, but this did not deter the Seaton Ladies, who won three rinks to one.

Maria Johnson had an excellent singles win over former international Sue Harriott while the triple of Lilian Hurley-Smith, Pat Whitworth and Di Morley won by 15 shots to 11.

The Seaton rink of Carol Armitage, Joan Miles, Linda Stone and Marian Vessey went into the last end two shots up, but the Madeira skip moved the jack back to give the visitors three shots, but, with the last wood of the match, Marian took the jack back to Carol’s back wood to score one shot, winning the match by 17 shots to 14! The team will now meet the winner of Honiton and Crediton in the second round.

Saturday saw the Ladies County Rinks played at Sidmouth. The Seaton rink of Angie Mayhew, Lin Allison, Linda Stone and Marian Vessey beat Feniton in the first round after an extra end and then went on to beat a very strong Honiton rink. They now go through, as Section Winners, to play in June against the Section Four winners.

Finally, a friendly match was played away at Bradninch, over four triples. These were shared equally, but Seaton took the match on total shots with a score of 76-59.

The top Seaton rink was the one of Hilary Sunderland, Glen Elliott and Chris Barradell, who won 27-11.

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