After a heavy loss in the first game, Sidmouth Bowls Club made amends in the County Trophy Over 60s League, winning on three of the four rinks against Torquay B, writes Carol Smith. 

The away rink of Brian Deam, Cedron Caine, John Chew and skip Don Smith won 20 - 14, while John Richards, Malcolm Smith, Phil Meadows and skip John Mason triumphed 20-17. 

At home, David Parsons, Alun Brown, Paul Irvine and skip Ken Wheeler won 19 – 14 but there was a defeat for the rink of Martin Jenkins, Les Crump, Wilf Radburn and skip David Timms.   

This league has a very odd points system, three for a winning rink but a massive eight points for the overall win. Sidmouth achieved nine points but Torquay won overall and banked 11 points.

A mixed friendly team arrived from Taunton’s Vivary Park B.C. Evidently, the Park was so named as it was the site of a medieval fish farm, which supplied the local Priory and Castle!

Three full rinks and at the halfway mark, Sidmouth were in front, 29 -13.  The break can often change momentum but that didn't happen this time, as Sidmouth kept their lead and won on all three rinks, with an aggregate score of 65 - 33. 

It was a very enjoyable game, played in a lovely convivial atmosphere, including some friendly banter. It also featured two 92 year-old players, one on each side. It just shows you that, in this game, you can still play to any age, and I know our 92 year-old player is still very good and competitive.   

Our top rink was Chris Radburn, Denis Griffiths, Karen Hollingdale and skip David Timms, 24 – 7, followed by Brian Deam, Chas Coates, Sue Clint and skip Jill Bishop, 21 -11, also Mary Meadows, Derek Mountford, Phil Meadows and skip Wilf Radburn, 20 - 15.

Last Sunday, it was the first round of our Ladies Championship Competition. Unfortunately, with some unable to play on the day and very few entries, we just had a few rinks playing. The first round winners were Sue Turner, Karen Hollingdale, Mary Turner and Carol Smith.

Loads more bowls to come over the winter months and, undoubtedly, plenty more drama on the rinks.