Seaton ladies secure Devon Interclub victory at Paignton

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

The Seaton report this week begins with a friendly match at home on the first Saturday of June against Axminster, played over four triples, writes Alan Nicholas.

The home bowlers were in fine form and took the match honours to the tune of a 95-61 score line with the top triple being that of Chris Anton, Dennis Ridd and Kevin McCarthy, who secured a massive 41-6 success.

On the same day there was a national Top Club competition fixture played at Madeira, but, sadly, I must report a total whitewash with the Exmouth side taking the match 87-53.

Better news from the ladies for the Seaton Red team who travelled into Exeter to meet St Thomas in an Over-50s Triples League fixture and returned home having won both triples with the top triple being the one of Margaret Nicholas, Ann Joyner and Lin Allison. Wednesday saw Seaton ladies up against Sir Francis Drake of Plymouth in the ladies’ Devon Interclub, with the match being played at Paignton. In a very tight match Seaton won on one rink by 10 shots, but lost the other by nine which all left Seaton with an overall single shot success! Their reward is a third round tie against Crediton ladies. The top rink in the win at Plymouth was the one of Angie Mayhew, Marian Vessey, Maria Johnson and Linda Stone. On the same day, the Seaton A had a Over-60s Triples League home meeting with Honiton A that saw Seaton win both triples and claim an overall 47-28 success. In this match the top triple was the one of Peter Newton, Ray Thompson and Don Yaxley, who won 26-16. Seaton B were also in league action and they travelled to Topsham C where the two triples were shared, but Seaton won overall 31-29. The visiting triple at Topsham was the one of Ed Backhouse, Bob Scull and Richard Whitworth, who won 17-11. On Thursday, touring side Blaine Bowling Club from Abertillery, in the Welsh Valleys, visited to contest a friendly over five rinks. An enjoyable day produced some entertaining games with Seaton winning by three rinks to two and ultimately, taking the match honours 86-84. The top home rink was the one of Tony Johnson, Ian Manchester, Bob Scull and Linda Stone. Also, on Thursday, a Top Club match was played away against Ottery St Mary, with the home side winning the two-wood singles, but the visitors winning all the other disciplines, giving Seaton a very good overall 4-1 victory. Friday saw the ladies’ Over-50s Blue team in away action at Exeter-based Pinces Gardens. The two triples were shared, but Seaton took the overall honours with the winning margin being one of three shots! Seaton’s top triple was the one of Carol Armitage, Marian Vessey and Di Morley. Finally, on Saturday, a friendly match against Exonia over four rinks saw the rinks shared, but Seaton taking the match on total shots scored, by 78 to 75 with a top rink of Margaret Nicholas, Ron Rowley, Peter Grigg and Linda Stone, who secured a 31-11 win.

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