Sun shines on Honiton bowls finals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

P9060-36-08TI Honiton Bowler Ken Morfey playing for the Devon County bowling association against the Devon County ladies association.
photo Terry Ife

P9060-36-08TI Honiton Bowler Ken Morfey playing for the Devon County bowling association against the Devon County ladies association. photo Terry Ife

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Fortunately fine weather lasted through from Saturday morning to Sunday evening for the club finals, watched by enthusiastic supporters at each session, writes Norman Oliver.

Fortunately fine weather lasted through from Saturday morning to Sunday evening for the club finals, watched by enthusiastic supporters at each session. Organiser, Roger Binmore, had done a fine job in arranging the line-up which began on Saturday at 10.00am with Sue Evans and Rita Barwick playing off handicaps for the Rice Bowl. Rita hurried to a 6-0 lead but then had to take a back seat whilst Sue scored on six of the next seven ends to go 14-7 ahead. She remained unstoppable and eased to a 28-9 win. In the Webb Open Singles, 'new boy' Robert Wakely (down from Wales) played his first final against Ken Large and was up 7-1 after four ends. He was still leading at the 10th and 13th ends but Ken scored heavily over the next three, going ahead 17-10. He maintained that advantage until the end, winning 21-14. Sue Evans was back on the green at 1.30pm to play Rosemary Hirons in the Heard Two Wood Singles. This is a tough game to play and the ladies kept it very even until the 13th where it was advantage to Sue, 10-9. From then on she did most of the scoring to gain herself a second victory, 17-11. The Pollard Men's pairs followed with Robert Wakely and Paul Crockett taking on Ray Gregory and Michael Dart. Robert and Paul's accurate bowling got them well ahead 10-3 after seven ends, but the next was their undoing when Ray and Michael scored a fine six shots and were back in the game. Although both pairs continued to score, Gregory and Dart finished strongly to win 25-18. Terry Watson, Ken Clark and George Selwey had a fine 10-1 lead in the Tucker Triples Final against Joe Lyon, Gerald Dommett and Peter Baker. However, as in the previous finals, starting well did not necessarily result in a victory! Lyon, Dommett and Baker were level by the 11th end, again on the 16th. Peter took out two opponents' bowls on the 18th to give his trio an exciting two shot win, 17-15. Sue Evans made her third visit to the green in the afternoon, partnering Colin Mees against Dot and Don Russell and she earned her third club title! She and Colin both bowled exceptionally well to reach 28-11 after 21 ends and win the Corney Mixed Pairs. Three guesses as to Sunday morning's visitors to the green! Yes, Sue Evans again, this time with partner Joan Heard facing Jean and Paul Crockett in the Dimond/Nex Pairs. And what an exciting finish to this one - 9-6 up to the Crocketts after 11 ends, but 14-9 to Heard and Evans after 15 ends. When the Crocketts scored a single on the 21st end they tied 16-16, so an extra end was required. Jean and Paul drew the vital bowls and took their first outdoor club title, by 17-16, and giving Sue her first defeat of the weekend. Meanwhile, Yvonne Rayner and Carole Fisher were playing for the Ladies' Singles Championship and bowling well. It was 5-4 to Rayner after seven ends but then Fisher had a golden spell and was ahead 16-7 by the 15th. The two of them scored on alternate ends to leave Carole on the crucial 21 with Yvonne on 15. Carole had earned the ladies' champion title. With three events in the afternoon to finish the weekend programme, Sue Evans made her fifth appearance, this time with partner Sheila Tillier in the Evans Ladies' pairs. Their opposition was Linda Gadd and Carole Fisher, with newcomer Linda delighted to be playing her first ever final! The accuracy of Tillier and Evans quickly paid off and they were ahead 19-5 after 12 ends and 23-10 after 14 ends. A great effort by their opponents brought a dramatic change to the score with the lead being reduced to just three shots, 23-20 by the 20th end. A relieved Sheila and Sue put three near the jack on the final end to get home 26-20, giving Sue her fourth club title of the weekend. Chris Stone and Steve Dommett played out the Hoskins Men's Singles on another rink, with Chris probably surprising the spectators by scoring five twos, whilst Steve could only collect four ones in the first nine ends. Dommett was dominant for a while to go 16-12 ahead, but Stone had a super spell to go 19-16 up with just two ends to play. A relieved Steve Dommett added five shots to ease home 21-19 for the club title! Fine match! Completing the day's programme were rivals Joe Lyon and Dave Roberts (both recent comers to the club) in the Marshall Handicap. Lyon made the most of his better handicap after Roberts had scored well over the first five ends and had a convincing win, 52-30. l Honiton's ladies have had a great season in the Grace Matthews competition. In the County Top Club Finals Day at Madeira on Thursday they beat Barnstaple United Services in the semi-final by 3-2, with Rosemary Hirons winning the two wood singles, Yvonne Rayner, Brenda Harris and Joan Heard the Triple and Rita Barwick, Chris Nex, Ann Hillyear and Sue Evans, the four. Shirley Hiscocks and Dulcie Broughton lost the pairing and Carole Fisher los her single. So the same team lined up for the afternoon final against Madeira with their home green advantage. Rosemary finished off an excellent day with a second win. Sue's four had another victory, the triple and pair went down and all eyes were on Carole's single. She was narrowly beaten by two shots and Madeira took the trophy 3-2 in disciplines. Congratulations on a fine display ladies and reaching another county final.


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