Bowls club get carpet stretched

There have been two friendly matches this week. The first at home against Budleigh resulted in a good win for Sidmouth 44-30. The second was against Axminster away and again resulted in a win 64-51

Unfortunately the ladies were not so successful in the Lane Trophy against Exonia, winning one rink at home and one away but losing overall by just four shots. Winning rink away was A Smith, J Lewis, Z Johnson and E Stribling 17-10 and the winners at home were: G Cronk, M Price, P Harvie and D Taylor 22-9.

In the men’s Over-60s County Trophy match against South Hams, Sidmouth lost by 64-97.

Bob Seldon, skipping, with Ray Tallent, Bill Turner and Tony Brown managed to hold their opponents to a 22-22 draw at home, but both rinks lost away at Kingsbridge.

On Saturday, Sidmouth Men played Dawlish in the Parrott Shield which is one rink home and one away. Dawlish won both rinks and progress to the third round.

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The club’s one friendly game of the week was at home to Axminster which was a narrow six shot win for the visitors. Best rink for Sidmouth was Keith Thorley, Ron Denning, Maurice Watson and skip Phil Harris 23-20.

Mike Fisher, David Ingyon, Bert Hague and skip Ed Backhouse led up to the 18th end and managed to hold on for a 19-19 draw. Well done to both teams.

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The club finally managed to have the carpet stretched on Friday which has improved the running and sorted out the straight runs which had appeared since being laid in August. Knots and loops were stitched back in at the same time. Clocked speed before stretching was 16 seconds and 16.8 after. Although not excessively fast, the run out is much longer and smoother. The carpet will need a couple of weeks to settle and then all the temporary markers will be replaced.

In the Sidmouth League Cup, sponsored by Potbury’s, the first group have completed all their matches with Exonia topping the table.

Sidmouth Matadors scraped through in second place by a shot difference of one to progress to the knockout stages.

Matches in the second group are running late, due to postponements during the bad weather and will not be completed until the end of February.

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