Bowling to the beat

Congratulations must go to Peter Mison and Maurice Watson who progressed to the semi final of the UnBadged Pairs competition, writes Ron Cook.

But it’s not all about top competition. Bowling is a fun, friendly and relaxing sport suitable for all ages. It provides gentle exercise for the body and mind. Sidmouth Bowling Club is at present offering free bowling taster sessions on outdoor and indoor rinks with bowls provided. For further information, please contact Gordon Blood on 01395 519400.

Sidmouth entertained a Welsh touring side, Melyn United from Neath, always competitive and entertaining with their singing. Despite losing three rinks with a fourth drawn, Sidmouth ran close runners up, losing by only three shots overall. Best rink for Sidmouth were Tony Constable, Des Bridgeman, Josephine Harrison and skip Jill Bishop with a score of 25-11.

Pat Ashton Pritchard, John Greenaway, Laurence Tobias and Val Newnham won 19-14; Alex Bent, Sheila Ingyon, Zena Johnson and Derek Mountford held on to draw 15-15.

The match against Seaton was reduced to a four rink mixed match away due to a shortage of players. Seaton were the winners 62-73 with Sidmouth winning one and drawing one game.

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Sheila Ingyon, Dennis Moore, Zena Johnson and skip Chris Rourke won 19-15; Anita Mason, Bill Dunbar, Tony Constable and skip Alex Bent trailed all the way to the last end where they picked up a five to halve the match. Well done team.

On Saturday of Folk Week members found it difficult to resist a few dance steps with the rhythmic beat of the square dance formation from adjacent tents.

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There was no adverse effect on our bowling with Sidmouth winning 82-69. Best rinks for Sidmouth were Brian Godbeer, Doreen Pound, Jane Painter and skip Norman Brimson 22-15; Ray Tallent, Carol Keating, Pat Pritchard and skip Paddy Wrench picked up a five on the sixth end and never looked back running out a score of 29-17.

The following day West Surrey proved too strong for the men, winning 17 shots overall on five rinks. Best rinks for Sidmouth were Ray Tallent, Harry Carpenter, Maurice Watson and skip Norman Brimson 23-12; Ken Bridgman, John Doyle, Chas Coates and skip Mike Borst 19-16. Ottery St Mary edged out visiting Sidmouth by three shots 73-70. Rink results were halved with David Fairclough, Sheila Ingyon, Mary Smith and skip Chris Rourke winning 23-15; Gordon Blood, Betty Farmer, Bert Hague and skip John Mason 19-18.

The final match was away at Madeira with six Triples in action, playing in traditional format over 21 ends. Sidmouth were worthy winners with a score of 114 -101. Ray Tallent, John Chew and Trevor Ashton Pritchard 24-8; Ralph Brooks, Ivan Robins and skip John Mason 19-15; Harry Carpenter, Brian Barber and skip Brian Smith 25-14.

In the Over-60s’ league, the A squad failed to take any points against Honiton but did manage to pick up four points with a draw at home against Hemyock.

The B squad had mixed fortunes picking up six points but only managing one point in their last match. The C squad are on a roll with two wins and 16 points pushing them up the table to seventh place.

In the County Trophy, Sidmouth’s final match of the season against Honiton was delayed due to weather conditions and with all other results in, created a situation whereby each side had a chance of finishing second to Madeira in the league. Honiton needed to win all four rinks to edge out Sidmouth. However, with two good wins on their home green, Sidmouth secured a comfortable 12 points. Madeira won the league with a total of 88 points, Sidmouth finishing with 69.

In the final of the Top Club competition away at Seaton, Sid could only manage one winning rink in the Triples - Ken Bridgman, John Mason and skip Bob Seldon 18-14. Congratulations to all the players in these county competitions for a great effort, one of the club’s best for a number of years.

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