Seaton bowlers win close encounter at Chard

PUBLISHED: 21:41 02 July 2018

Sidmouth Bowls members ina mixed umbrella competition. Ref shsp 21 18TI 4077. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Bowls members ina mixed umbrella competition. Ref shsp 21 18TI 4077. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Seaton bowlers began the final week of June with a visit from a touring side from Swansea and Bristol, made up of players from both cities, who came together many years ago when their respective employers amalgamated, writes Alan Nicholas.

In magnificent weather, this friendly match provided excellent entertainment for the many supporters of both the visitors and the home team.

The result of which was the visitors taking the match, on total shots scored, by just two shots at 103 against Seaton’s 101.

However, the visitors did win four rinks against just the one won by Seaton with one other rink tied,

The successful home rink was the one of Ann Joyner, Bruce Hopson, Ron Rowley and Maria Johnson.

After the match, a Devonshire cream tea was enjoyed by all and our visitors entertained us with some very professional singing.

Tuesday, saw a County Trophy match against Honiton, played over four rinks with two rinks at home and two away.

The four rinks were shared between the teams, but Seaton took the match on total shots scored, with 84 against 73.

The top Seaton rink was the one of Ed Backhouse, Ian Manchester, Don Yaxley and Dave Yardley.

On Wednesday, there was more action for the men’s teams playing in the Exeter and District Over-60s League.

The A team travelled to Crediton A where they lost both triples and overall by 44 shots to 17.

The B team journeyed into Exeter to take on an Exonia B team. Both teams won a rink each, but Seaton took the match honours on total shots scored of 43 against 36, claiming six points. The top Seaton triple was the one of Norman Stone, Ed Backhouse and Dave Yardley, with an outstanding score of 31 shots to 10.

Thursday saw the Ladies Over-50s Triples League teams in home action.

The Blue team hosted Ottery St Mary and did extremely well, winning both triples, and with a total shots score of 36 against 22. The top triple was that of, Barbara Sluman, Angie Mayhew and Marian Vessey, who scored 21 shots against nine.

The Red team entertained Morchard Bishop and shared the rinks, but took the match on total shots scored of 34 against 30. The top Seaton triple being the one of Gill Sykes, Chris Barradell and Sue Banwell-Moore, scoring 23 shots against 18.

Also, on Thursday, Seaton played Ottery St Mary in the third round of the Foxlands Trophy. They won the home rink by three shots, but unfortunately lost the away rink by 10 shots, thus losing the match by a margin of seven shots.

The winning Seaton rink was that of, Roger Woolland, Peter Grigg, Peter Barradell and Terry Hurley-Smith.

Finally on Thursday, a friendly match of four triples was played away against Chard where the home club’s green has been quite badly affected by the recent hot spell. However, the match went ahead in very sunny conditions, producing a pleasant sociable and hard fought result of a tie, on rinks, but a two shot win for Seaton. The winning triple for Seaton was, Heather Hudson, Colin Lynch and Malcolm Carvell, scoring 16 shots against 10.

Sadly, the final scheduled match of the period, the Sunday, July 1 match against Tiverton Park, had to be cancelled due to Seaton Cycle Fest, which necessitated closure of the roads surrounding our green and clubhouse, making access impossible and no parking available.

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