Big day of bowls to mark Sidmouth's centenary
After a lot of planning, the big day arrived to celebrate the club's centenary when president Tom Reynolds welcomed 24 players from Bowls England representing 15 different counties, including the Bowls England president Cliff Waterman from Suffolk.
After a lot of planning, the big day arrived to celebrate the club's centenary when president Tom Reynolds welcomed 24 players from Bowls England representing 15 different counties, including the Bowls England president Cliff Waterman from Suffolk. A lovely buffet lunch was enjoyed by the visitors and before the game photos for the press were taken of the players, who all looked very smart in full uniform, a credit to the game of bowls. Everyone was enjoying the game with lots of laughter and noise from all rinks and, halfway through the match scores were close and Sidmouth's hopes were high, as they thought they might have a chance of winning. It was not to be, the final score ended 76-48. After the game a full meal was served for the players enjoyed by all. Mr Waterman thanked Sidmouth for being the perfect hosts. The weather had been perfect and brought out lots of supporters which was appreciated. The three men's rinks were J Wall, P Clements, C Hewett, B Seldon (skip) 22-17; K Bridgman, T A Pritchard, B Daniels, MFD Smith (skip) 14-27; J Mason, T Reynolds, L Catford (sub) T Wilkins (skip) 12-32.Further Centenary celebrations are scheduled for the first two weeks in June which we are looking forward to.Bank holiday Monday bought grey skies to Sidmouth and plenty of rain. Drives seem to be jinxed by the weather but the wets suits came out and the drive went ahead with the hope that the rain would go away. After seven ends and heavier rain, tea was called for and, after an extended break players voted whether to continue. Hardy lot that they are, they carried on and finished the full 21 ends.The winners were B Haynes, B Smith, D Taylor, S Hamer (skip).Sidmouth's match at Honiton was won 86-77: P A Pritchard, F Adlam, J White, A Newman (skip) 19-27; A Tredget, L Catford, R Graham, S Wright (skip 21-16); R Denning, S Graham, S Burnand, T A Pritchard (skip) 24-12; B Jones, B Mortimer, J Fricker, B Turner (skip) 22-22.On Wednesday the waterproofs were left at home as the sun came out and sun cream and hats were required. The over-60s teams played with the A side winning overall with a total of six points; the B side losing on both rinks.Against touring side Warwick Boat Club there was another win for Sidmouth 123-87: L Tobias, P Norvill, T A Pritchard, C Smith (skip) 12-18; J Quinn, A Tredget, J Richardson,A Newman (skip) 22-11; J Quinn, D Ware, E Clements, N Brimson (skip) 28-14; B Jones, D Mountford, S Heywood, P Clements (skip) 19-18; K Bridgman, M King, K Hutton, E Hewett (skip) 20-12; D Pound, J Chew, J Green, C Hewett (skip) 22-14.Unfortunately the winning streak did not last and Sids lost against Culm Vale 85-128 M Watson, B Barber, L Tobias, C Hewett (skip) 9-22; R Denning, A Appleby, P Norvill, N Brimson (skip) 19-20; R Tobias, C Rouke, D Mountford, B Marston (skip) 13-23; R Tallent, P Chew, P Norvill, B Hague (skip) 19-22; T Wise, J Chew, J Mountford, E Mills (skip) 13-18; M Watson, P Hague, J Green, J Wall (skip) 12-23.