Champions Jays the team to beat

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3932. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3932. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The past week has been a quiet one for the Sidmouth men with one external Interclub match postponed by our opponents, writes Ken Wheeler.

In the ever-popular, Potbury-sponsored Sidmouth League, Sidmouth again have two teams representing them this season. Other teams are from Exmouth-based Madeira, plus Honiton, Budleigh and Lyme Regis.

The strong Madeira-based Beachcombers side already look odds-on favourites to retain their title having won all their games so far.

The two Sidmouth teams, the Centurions and Matadors, met this week and it was the Centurions who came out on top. Wilf Radburn, Barry Curwen, Brian Smith and skip Ken Wheeler came back from 2-10 down to win convincingly 28-18, which meant the Centurions jump from fifth to second in the league table.

The men’s Nominated Triples League, played on Monday evenings, has again proved to be very popular with 45 players playing in it this season.

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The format is for all seven teams to play each other three times, with two points awarded for a win and one point for a draw.

The league table is very tight with current champions Jays currently leading with 11 points from eight matches, but waiting for any slip-ups are both the Magpies and the Also Rans, who are both just two points behind.

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The three-wood men’s pairs (Twitchers) league has six teams competing this season, each with a squad of six players, and involves enjoyable and competitive bowling late afternoon each Thursday and Friday.

Each match comprises three sets of seven ends with two points gained for each set won, and one for a drawn set.

After 14 (of 40) rounds of matches, the current leaders are the Egrets with 51 points.

Entries in the individual KO competitions have again been encouragingly high, with the men’s championship singles attracting some 30 entries.

First round matches are now well underway and there have already been a few notable upsets, which is what helps make these competitions so exciting and unpredictable.

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