Worry as income being hit

PUBLISHED: 14:10 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:00 16 June 2010

Since August 1, seven fixtures have been cancelled, six of them at home, either by bad weather, or opponents not being able to raise a team for various reasons.

Since August 1, seven fixtures have been cancelled, six of them at home, either by bad weather, or opponents not being able to raise a team for various reasons.

Nobody can change the weather, but this second problem seems to be happening more frequently in recent years, which is worrying, as it is the home games that clubs rely on to bring in the neccessary income needed to pay the many expenses incurred by all clubs.

On a happier note, there have been some excellent days bowling during the last fortnight, some of them in brilliant sunshine.

On August 7, Seaton hosted the Perham Cup, with six local bowls clubs each sending one rink of men to compete against six from Seaton.

On the green, it was the Lyme Regis rink that shone the brightest, with Bob Turpin, Brian Downes, Philip Stevens and Alan Preece winning the event with a +22 scoreline.

The Budleigh rink was second with a +15 score.

After being presented with the cup and individual trophies, the winners and runners-up were photographed on the green, so that pictures could be sent to the sons of Alfred Perham, in whose memory the cup was presented to Seaton Bowling Club.

They have continued to sponsor this event since the death of their mother, for which the club officers and members sincerely thank them.

Tourists from Dunstable on August 11 visited Seaton on another glorious day, and proved to be too strong for the Seaton players on four of the six rinks, winning 143-91.

Our captain said it was a friendly afternoon's bowling, although the score (no I won't report it) on his rink, was shall we say a little one-sided.

Two rinks of Seaton players flew the flag for the club, each winning by one shot. They were Audrey White, Nancy Collins, Mike Follenfant and Keith Miles 24-23, and Keith Harris, Alice Carter, Gerald Knott and Rhonda Follenfant 19-18.

The Over 60s continue to prosper, winning on both rinks at home to Pinces Gardens 35-20, and overall against Belmont 43-32.

The two top rinks were K Richards, G Knott and Ivor Steer 19-10, and M Follenfant, P Greenwood and R.Woolland 29-11.

This pushes Seaton up to second place in the table, with three games to play, one away against the runaway leaders Topsham. With 24 points still at stake, second place is still in the melting pot.

Three ladies' rinks played a friendly against an Oxford Masonic BA Touring side, winning 76-34. Top rink, A Wright, A Carter, O Real and Joan Miles showed no mercy to their opponents, 26-10 the score.

Captain Angie reported that another evening match, against Feniton Ladies away, was as equally successful as the home game played recently, and enjoyed by every one taking part.

Unimportantly, the result went Seaton's way 66-52 with top rink B Powell, R Gregory, J Russell and R Follenfant winning 29-13.

Four rinks of men playing away at Sidmouth, lost by a single shot, 71-72, a huge improvement on their last encounter with our friendly rivals.

Top rink A Green, J Packham, T.Harden and R Thompson 19-15.

Playing at home against four rinks from Feniton, the Seaton men won 85-64, with M Carvell, P Mattocks, G Knott and R Thompson the top rink 28-12.

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