The bowls season in East Devon is in full swing with action in Budleigh Salterton and at Phear Park in Exmouth.
It is always an exciting time when any competitions reach their semi-final stages and that is no exception at Budleigh Bowls Club where players are looking forward to what are crucial matches as the 2021 outdoor seasons enters its final few weeks, writes David Roberts.
In the ladies’ round robin four wood championship, the two semi-final matches will see Marilyn Foreman take on Rosemary Carter while Mo Bond will play Gwen Hurst.
In the 106 competition, Mo Bond has already booked a final berth and she will contest that final against either Gwen Hurst of Penny Weeks who will play the remaining semi-final.
Penny Weeks has another last four match to play as she meeting Hilary Medley in the two-wood competition while, in the other semi-final, Gwen Hurst will play Marilyn Foreman.
In terms of the latter stages of the men’s competitions, in the men’s novice, round-robin, the to semi-finals will see Graham Anderson take on Norman Upchurch whilst Peter Evans will meet Andy Skudder.
In the men’s Knockout Championship, Andy Cardy has his place in the semi-finals booked after he made a late comeback to win his quarter final meeting with Bryan Membery 22-16.
In the two wood semi-finals, David Roberts will play Graham Anderson and Brian Ward awaits the winner of the quarter-final tie between Peter Cooper and Paul Griffin.
In the Pairs competitions the pick of the week’s matches saw an amazing finish as Andy Skudder and Penny Weeks took seven shots on end 16 to take the lead for the first time, only for Annie Clarke and Andy Cardy to hit back with a score of six on the last end to take the match 24-22.
In the mens’ Exeter and District Triples League there was a great overall 33-21 away win against Marina (Dawlish). In this fixyure, the rink of Griffin, Peter Cooper and Andy Cardy won 19-10, whilst, in a much closer affair, Brian Ward, Bryan Membery and David Roberts held their nerve to take their match 14-11.
However, it proved to be a very different story when Budleigh met Hemyock with the Mid Devon side departing from Budleigh with a 35-25 success.
With just two matches remaining in the league season for Budleigh it is important that the team get back to winning ways as they travel to North Tawton for their next encounter.
Marilyn Foreman, Peter Foreman and Mo Bond represented the club in the Axon Cup at Phear Park, and, on the following day the club were back there in a friendly triples match.
On both occasions there was little success for Budleigh. Phear Park won the Axon Cup and whilst the club lost the friendly by ten shots 70-80 there was some joy for Ann Vincent, Jackey Phillips and skip Brian Goddard as they won their rink 25-10.
Despite the loss it was great to play our local rivals and congratulations to them for winning both home and away fixtures this season.
PHEAR PARK (Exmouth)
The Axon Cup is contested annually at Phear Park and it is a mixed round-robin format played over 20 ends with Phear Park welcoming teams from Exeter clubs Belmont and Heavitree as well as Topsham, Budleigh Salterton and Madeira, write Paul and Kay Beresford.
This year, the trophy stayed at Phear Park for the home triple of Rick Tatchel, Brian Halsey and John Robins took the honours with an overall shot difference of plus 13.
In a home friendly against Madeira, Park won three of the four rink triples to achieve overall victory by 82 points to 41.
The successful triples were Paul Beresford, Joan Cowing and skip Simon Weclawek; Sue Smith, Jen Derbyshire and skip Dave Adams (20-14); and the Captain’s rink of John Barwick, Rick Tatchell and skip Margo Allen (21-6).
There has been recent action in the Over-60s League and this saw the Phear Park A team win on one rink, but lose on the other to Madeira E. The successful Park triple was the one of Rick Tatchell, Dave Adams and Mike Ebdon who secured a 17-14 success. Sadly, this was not enough to force an overall victory as Madeira E took the match by 37 shots to 31.
At Ottery St. Mary, the B team gained six points with a win against their D team. The Park triple of John Dill, John Whyte and Bob Baker secured an emphatic 23-7 win in a thrilling 32-27 overall victory.